Para kay Senator Franklin Drilon, "grave abuse of authority" ang utos ng National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) na itigil ng ABS-CBN ang operasyon nito simula ngayong May 5, Martes.
Nag-expire ang 25-year franchise to operate ng Kapamilya network kahapon, May 4.
Sa panayam ni Tony Velasquez ng ANC nitong Martes ng hapon, May 5, sinabi ni Drilon na malinaw na may pang-aabusong nangyari sa panig ng NTC.
Saad ng senador, "What is clear is that the NTC gravely abused its discretion in ordering, in issuing the cease-and-desist order.
"During the hearing, even the Secretary of Justice said that ABS-CBN can continue, a provision authority can be issued on the basis of precedence in the Supreme Court when it was ruled that so long as the application is pending in Congress, the provision of authority can be issued and that has been the rule followed in Congress.
"So it is quite unfortunate, and I do not understand why this happened."
Parang mali raw ang timing ng pagpapatigil sa operasyon ng ABS-CBN, lalo ngayong kailangan ng publiko ng impormasyon tungkol sa CONVID-19 pandemic.
Dahil sa hakbang ng NTC ay libu-libong empleyado ng ABS-CBN ang mawawalan ng trabaho.
Pahayag ni Drilon, "Number 2, at this time, when hundreds of thousands, if not millions of workers are laid-off temporarily or permanently?
"The livelihood of 11,000 workers in ABS-CBN is prejudiced and there’s absolutely no basis for the cease-and-desist order.
"There is no harm, there is enough authority for NTC to issue the provision of authority."
Ipinaalaala rin ni Drilon ang memorandum na inilabas ng NTC noong March 18, 2020 habang nakadeklara ang Enhanced Community Quarantine sa Luzon.
Nakasaad sa memorandum na ito na ang lahat daw ng "existing permits, certificates and licenses" na inisyu ng NTC, na mag-e-expire ng March 15, 2020 hanggang April 14, 2020 o habang nasa ECQ period, ay mananatiling valid sa loob ng 60 araw pagkatapos ng government-imposed quarantine period.
Dagdag ng senador, "It would appear that everybody, that the licenses issued by the NTC, are automatically extended by 60 days if this circular will apply.
"And yet, ABS-CBN was single-handedly prohibited from continuing to operate.
"My suggestion is that ABS-CBN should immediately challenge this abuse of discretion on the part of the NTC."