Philippine Court Junks Plea That Factored Into ABS-CBN Shutdown
(Bloomberg) -- The Philippines’ Supreme Court has junked the government chief lawyer’s plea to scrap ABS-CBN Corp.’s franchise, declaring the petition moot as the broadcaster’s permit already expired, the court’s spokesman said.
ABS-CBN will remain off air despite the ruling, as the closure order -- which the broadcaster has challenged before the top court -- is still in effect. Congress is also deliberating on a bill seeking to grant another 25-year franchise to the network, which has been criticized by President Rodrigo Duterte.
A quo warranto petition against unit ABS-CBN Convergence remains pending.
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