SC orders ABS-CBN to comment on Calida plea for gag order Kristine Joy Patag (Philstar.com) – February 18, 2020 – 1:35pm MANILA, Philippines – ABS-CBN will have to comment on Solicitor General Jose Calida’s plea for the Supreme Court to issue a gag order against parties involved in his quo warranto petition against the network’s franchise.
MANILA, Philippines — ABS-CBN will have to comment on Solicitor General Jose Calida’s plea for the Supreme Court to issue a gag order against parties involved in his quo warranto petition against the network’s franchise.
The SC, in an en banc session Tuesday, gave ABS-CBN Corp. and ABS-CBN Convergence Inc. five days within receipt of notice, to comment on Calida’s Very Urgent Motion for the Issuance of Gag Order filed on Tuesday morning.
The OSG, in a statement on their motion, said that its plea for the gag order includes the prohibition on the release of statements discussing the quo warranto plea of “parties and persons acting on their behalf.”
SC spokesperson Brian Hosaka also said that the proceedings on the gag order motion will not affect the scheduled Senate legislative hearing on the network’s franchise.
“I don’t think that will matter because, first of all, the senators are not parties of the case,” Hosaka added.
Calida, in the motion, accused the network of engaging in “propaganda in clear attempt to elicit public sympathy, sway public opinion, and, ultimately to influence the resolution of the case” after it issued a statement on the filing.
Among the “instances when ABS-CBN violated the sub judice rule”, the OSG said, is a video explainer of broadcaster and reporter Christian Esguerra entitled “Quo warranto petition laban sa ABS-CBN, ano ang ibig sabihin?”
The video published February 14 explained the allegations contained in Calida’s petition and ABS-CBN Corp.’s replies. It also reported on the developments on ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal, which is pending in Congress.
Kristine Joy Patag (Philstar.com) – February 18, 2020 – 1:35pm