While everybody was looking elsewhere, the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) is poised to pull a surprise with the projected filing of a case before the Supreme Court against the Lopez-owned media giant.
“SolGen to ask SC to revoke ABS-CBN franchise”, screamed the Manila Times.
That’s earth-shaking news. Something that will give the Lopezes and the rest of the ABS-CBN family sleepless nights from here on.
To no one’s surprise, Solicitor General Jose Calida is expected to lead the OSG team in the filing of the case. The yellows certainly will never forget that it was Calida who virtually drove out lawyer Maria Lourdes Sereno from the Supreme Court. She who didn’t deserve to be appointed even as associate justice but whom ex-President Benigno Aquino III promoted to Chief Justice.
According to the Times report, a legislative franchise may be revoked if there are violations committed by a corporation or entity.
The report added that the filing of the case “was caused by violations” of ABS of the terms and conditions of the franchise granted by Congress.
To this day, ABS has refused to comment on the reports of these alleged violations despite the facilities at its disposal which lead people to suspect that – at the very least – these alleged violations are best left unreported.
Calida has weathered many storms at the height of the Sereno quo warranto case and it is highly doubtful if he will succumb to an expected demolition job when the case is filed.
The revocation case – particularly the timing of the filing – is a master stroke. Calida waited until the stage was set before moving.
After supposed administration allies joined the queue of yellow sponsors for the franchise renewal, after the traitors were unmasked, Calida moved in for the kill.
Just like the Sereno case when the House dilly-dallied in transmitting the articles of impeachment to the Senate – perhaps waiting for the quid pro quo – it seems Congress will be holding the empty bag, again.