SC junks lawyer’s pe­ti­tion ABS-CBN

Tempo - - FRONT PAGE - By REY G. PANALIGAN

The Supreme Court (SC) has dis­missed out­right the pe­ti­tion of a lawyer who chal­lenged the Na­tional Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sion’s (NTC) cease and de­sist or­der (CDO) that forced tele­vi­sion net­work ABS-CBN Cor­po­ra­tion to halt its na­tion­wide broad­cast last May 5.

In a full court res­o­lu­tion is­sued af­ter its full court ses­sion last June 16, the SC ruled that pe­ti­tioner, Atty. Paris Real, has no le­gal stand­ing to file the case.

As of Wed­nes­day morn­ing, the SC has not re­leased its res­o­lu­tion.

The pe­ti­tion filed by ABS-CBN it­self against the NTC’s CDO is set for de­lib­er­a­tion on July 13, Chief Jus­tice Dios­dado M. Per­alta said last week.

It was not known im­me­di­ately if ABS-CBN’s orig­i­nal and re­it­er­a­tive pleas for a tem­po­rary re­strain­ing or­der (TRO) against NTCs CDO would still be con­sid­ered or if the pe­ti­tion it­self is submitted for de­ci­sion.

Ear­lier, the SC had dis­missed the pe­ti­tion, also for lack of le­gal stand­ing, of lawyer Lorenzo Gadon who pleaded the High Court to stop the NTC from is­su­ing ABSCBN a pro­vi­sional au­thor­ity (PA) to op­er­ate.

Gadon had ear­lier with­drawn his pe­ti­tion and claimed his case had be­come moot with the is­suance of NTC’s CDO.

But the SC, in­stead of grant­ing the mo­tion to with­draw, dis­missed Gadon’s pe­ti­tion.

The SC said:

“Fil­ing cases in the Supreme Court is a se­ri­ous af­fair. It should never be con­sid­ered ex­cept when all the req­ui­sites of ju­di­cial re­view are present. Cer­tainly, it should never be con­tem­plated by one who ad­mits not suf­fer­ing any le­gal in­jury. Not only will the over ea­ger­ness to file border on the con­tu­ma­cious, it also puts in un­nec­es­sary peril the le­gal ar­gu­ments of the per­son or en­tity that has an ac­tual case.”

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