Friday, December 13, 2019


While the law remains unchanged, what now will become of the country’s biggest television network. This television station and the shows it produces have been a staple in our household.

In 1974, President Ferdinand Marcos issued PD No.

576-A, “Regulating the Ownership and Operation of Radio and Television Stations and for other Purposes.” This presidential decree mandated that no radio station or television channel may obtain a franchise unless it has sufficient capital for its operation.

And the law remains unchanged.

The law further provided that “all franchises or other forms of authority to operate radio or television broadcasting systems shall terminate on December 31, 1981.” Associated Communications and Wireless Services-United Broadcasting Networks (ACWS-UBN) was one of the franchise holders affected by this decree.

Nonetheless, it continued operating its radio stations under permits granted by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC).

The commonality – denial of legislative franchise.

Unfortunately, ACWS-UBN was not able to obtain the required congressional franchise.

PD 576-A provides the answer.

It has happened before. With the recall of its frequency band, ACWS-UBN cannot now anymore operate as a broadcast station.

ACWS-UBN fought it out all the way to the Supreme Court.

On December 20, 1994, ACWS-UBN filed with Congress an application for its franchise.