What actually happened was that the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) reassigned ABS-CBN’s frequencies.
Claim: ABS-CBN “franchise” now owned by another broadcast outfit
Vice Ganda erroneously claimed that another company already owned ABS-CBN’s broadcast franchise, in a widely shared clip where he answered critics of his decision to endorse opposition presidential candidate Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo.
“Para lang ho sa kaalaman ng nakararami, wala na ho kaming inaasahang prangkisa dahil ‘yung dati naming prangkisa, mayroon na hong nagmamay-ari no’n,” Vice Ganda, Jose Marie Viceral in real life, said on the noontime show “It’s Showtime!” last week.
The clip on the Jeepney TV Facebook page alone has been viewed 23,500 times.
Vice Ganda was addressing criticism that he and other ABS-CBN stars who had backed Robredo’s candidacy were only after the return of the Lopez-owned TV network’s franchise, which was thumbed down by the House of Representatives last year. The decision of the House, which is packed by allies of President Rodrigo Duterte, forced the shutdown of ABS-CBN.
However, what actually happened was that the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) reassigned ABS-CBN’s frequencies, which went to Advanced Media Broadcasting System Inc., Sonshine Media Network International, and Aliw Broadcasting Corp. News of the reassignments were first broken by the Bilyonaryo website and were confirmed by the NTC in separate press releases here, here, and here.
The NTC decision however is questionable, according to a story published on the website of the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility. It quoted lawyer Rudolph Jularbal, general counsel and spokesperson of KBP, who said the reassignment of frequencies were anomalous and did not follow procedure.
Franchises are a different matter and are awarded by Congress, in accordance with the Constitution. Franchise holders may then obtain frequencies from the NTC, if these are available.
ABS-CBN is free to apply for a new franchise in the next Congress. Assuming it obtains a new franchise, it would need to fight it out for the already scarce broadcast frequencies.
PressOne.PH is part of #FactsFirstPH which brings together various sectors that are committed to promoting truth in the public space, and exacting accountability on those who harm it with lies. For those interested to join the initiative, email firstname.lastname@example.org
PressOne.PH has adopted Facebook’s ratings options for third-party fact checkers and is working toward accreditation with the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN).
While “Philippine Dairy Inquirer” describes itself as a parody page, the post in question was not labeled as satire, and could still mislead people into thinking that Robredo had voted for Marcos.
A video of a person speaking at a campaign rally who sounds like President Rodrigo Duterte endorses Vice President Leni Robredo for president. But that was not the president.
Fashion designer Gian Henderson made a false claim that President Rodrigo Duterte has the authority to declare a failure of elections and install a revolutionary government