MANILA, Philippines – Iginiit ni Surigao del Sur 2nd District Rep. Johnny Pimentel na dapat bawian ng prangkisa ang Sonshine Media Network International (SMNI) dahil sa mga paglabag umano nito at patuloy na pag-ere ng regional station sa kabila ng ipinataw na suspensyon sa network.
Ang suhestyon ni Pimentel ay kasabay ng pagdinig ng House committee on legislative franchises nitong Miyerkules, Pebrero 7 makaraang kumpirmahin ng panel chairperson at ni Parañaque 2nd District Rep. Gus Tambunting sa National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) na umeere pa rin ang istasyon ng SMNI sa Region 6 sa kabila ng suspension order.
Ani Tambunting, ang 30-day suspensino order ng NTC ay naihatid na sa SMNI noon pang Disyembre 21, 2023, ngunit nag-ooperate pa rin ang istasyon sa Region 6 hanggang noong Disyembre 27.
“Based on the submissions by our regional offices, our regional office in Region 6 indicated in their report that there was one station in Roxas City — we’ll have to check — in Region 6 and it was reported that there were indications that the station of SMNI in the area is still on air,” ayon kay NTC Deputy Commissioner Alvin Blanco.
“So that was the basis of that information. We received that report around December 27 Mr. Chair […] around that time it was reported that most of the stations had already been off-air, but for this particular station as reported by our region around that time, they indicated in the report that there was still a station in the area,” dagdag ni Blanco.
Tinanong ni Pimentel kung ano ang plano ng NTC lalo pa’t sinuway ng SMNI ang suspension order.
“So what do you plan to do? Are there any sanctions for the defiance of the suspension, because clearly, SMNI thinks they are above the law. NTC is mandated to supervise radio stations, that’s your mandate. But in this case despite the order SMNI didn’t follow — eh that’s their behavior, they feel like they are kings,” tanong ni Pimentel.
“Mr. Chair, that was also taken into account when the NTC eventually issued the CDO on 18 January. So this was taken into account by the commission,” tugon ni Blanco.
Dahil dito, nanindigan si Pimentel na dapat nang bawiin ang prangkisa ng SMNI.
“It is very clear that SMNI violated sections — not only one but four sections of their franchise — and they should be made answerable to that. As I’ve said clearly before, that the franchise given to any entity is not a right but a privilege,” giit ni Pimentel.
“In fact we will not delve into it anymore but somebody sent me images showing that there are so many personal attacks against the members of the committee including the chairman. We’re not making this hearing to make it personal against you, but it is very clear that you committed violations. So Mr. Chair, I still have that position that this committee should really consider the revocation of the franchise of SMNI,” pagpapatuloy niya.
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