President Duterte has repeatedlythreatened to block the franchise renewal of ABS-CBN when it expires at the endof March. He even suggested to the Lopezes to just sell the network. Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo says there is no need yet to place Visayas and Mindanao under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) caused by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) unlike Luzon. Still, people there are always required to observe physical and social distancing to curb the spread of COVID-19. A quo warranto petition is a specialwrit or legal action which would compel a person or entity to show by whatwarrant an office or franchise was held, claimed and exercised. “This is not necessarily related toDuterte’s previous statements about the news network,” he added. “The OSG’s jobis to file a petition if he sees there is a transgression.” MANILA – Malacañang made no comment on thereported plan of Solicitor General Jose Calida to file a quo warranto petitionon the franchise of media giant ABS-CBN before the Supreme Court. It was reported on Thursday at TheManila Times that Calida will ask the High Court to revoke the franchise ofABS-CBN through a quo warranto case for violating the terms and conditions ofthe franchise granted by the Congress. Presidential spokesperson SalvadorPanelo said Calida’s supposed petition might not have something to do withPresident Rodrigo Duterte’s constant attack to the network. “I have yet to talk to Calida regarding thesupposed petition to revoke ABS-CBN’s franchise,” Panelo said in a pressconference at the Malacañang Palace on Thursday. There are at least nine bills filed inthe House of Representatives seeking the renewal of the network’s franchise butthose measures were not yet being tackled by the House Committee on LegislativeFranchises./PN
On Tuesday a disturbing discovery was made after a noose was found in the building of a Black South Florida attorney’s door.It was found on the door outside Ronald Surin’s Champagne & Surin Law Office in Fort Lauderdale.Surin took to Facebook to share the news, he said “I was busy and paid no attention until I shared it with my wife. I have been free for so long that no man can enslave my mind nor instill a spirit of fear in me!”Surin said the noose was made of a brown, leather type of material. He tossed it in the garbage and he says he thinks it could be a prank but wonders why it was placed there at all.Surin called police to file a report. He says “I would advise people if they encounter any such items, or suspect any such treatment, that they need to make a record of it, take pictures and report it to the authorities, the police or even the FBI because those things constitute hate crimes, and they’re not acceptable,” Surin said.Surin said he plans to upgrade his security system, and the law firm will stay where they are.