Ngayong umpisa ng linggo ay sumambulat sa mga balita ang “quo warranto” petition na inihain ni Solicitor General Jose Calida sa Korte Suprema laban sa prangkisa ng ABS-CBN.
Ilang personalidad sa showbiz at politika na ang nagsalita at pumanig sa ABS-CBN. Iginigiit nila ang isyu ng press freedom.
Binusisi naman ng radio host, columnist at pro-administration blogger na si RJ Neto (Thinking Pinoy) ang mga nakasaad sa quo warranto.
Ayon sa social media post ni Nieto, ilan sa mga nakalagay sa petisyon ay ang diumano’y paglabag ng ABS-CBN sa patakaran sa prangkisa nito.
Isa na dito ay ang ginawang paniningil ng ABS-CBN gamit ang free-to-air frequency nito. Magugunita na nag-alok ang network giant ng pay-per-view (PPV) para sa labang Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather noong 2015.
“SOLGEN’S QUO WARRANTO PETITION: ABS-CBN USED FREE-TO-AIR FREQUENCY FOR PAY-PER-VIEW SERVICES
This post concerns ABS-CBN’s supposed violation of the terms of its congressional franchise.
The Official of the Solicitor General in the Quo Warranto Petition filed against ABS-CBN  said:
“ABS-CBN Corporation is using the free-to-air frequency granted to it by the State for its operations of a Conditional Access System (CAS), particularly its KBO Channel .”
OSG said the free-to-air frequency must accessible to viewers without requiring the latter to pass through a paywall.
Despite this, ABS-CBN created a paywall when it offered a pay-per-view (PPV) option for the 2015 Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather match .
Aside from the Pacquiao-Mayweather Fight, OSG said ABS-CBN also had PPV offerings for 2016’s Donaire-Bedak Fight, 2017’s Magsayo v Diaz, and several other shows, with the latest being a PPV offering for a 2019 TNT BOYS concert and a KBO99 promo where users can pay 99 pesos to watch movies .
OSG said ABS-CBN provided paid options without securing prior authorization from NTC as required in Section 3 of RA 7966 , otherwise known as the law granting ABS-CBN’s franchise, which states:
“Sec. 3. Prior Approval of the National Telecommunications Commission. — The grantee shall secure from the National Telecommunications Commission the appropriate permits and licenses for its station and shall not use any frequency in the television or radio spectrum without having been authorized by the Commission. xxxx”” sabi sa post ni Nieto.
Panoorin ang pagtalakay sa Quo Warranto na inihain laban sa ABS-CBN.