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Government lawyers said they will study the possibility of filing a motion for reconsideration of the Supreme Court's (SC) dismissal of their quo warranto petition against ABS-CBN.

The Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) said it will consider filing such a motion "if necessary, given the constitutional issue on foreign ownership" it had raised in the petition once it receives a copy of the recent SC decision.

Earlier this week, the SC threw out the OSG petition that sought the forfeiture of ABS-CBN's then-existing franchise over alleged "highly abusive practices," including the company's operation of a pay-per-view channel allegedly without a permit from the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC).

The franchise expired last May, prompting the SC to dismiss the case for being moot.

The petition against ABS-CBN Convergence remains. Its franchise expired in March.

The quo warranto case is separate from the petition ABS-CBN filed to question the cease and desist order (CDO) from the NTC that forced it to shut down the broadcast operations of several of its radio and televisions stations the day after its franchise expired.

ABS-CBN's petition, which also asks for a temporary restraining order against the NTC's directive, is still pending.

"In the absence of a temporary restraining order from the Supreme Court, the CDO of the NTC remains valid and ABS-CBN’s television and radio broadcasting stations nationwide must remain off air," the OSG said.?— RSJ, GMA News

This article OSG to study possibility of appealing dismissal of quo warranto petition vs. ABS-CBN was originally published in GMA News Online.

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