NTC suspends SMNI for 30 days over alleged violation of franchise
NTC suspends SMNI for 30 days over alleged violation of franchise
NTC suspends SMNI for 30 days over alleged violation of franchise
by Ellicia Del Mundo21 December 2023
Photo courtesy: NTC & SMNI logos

The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) imposed a 30-day preventive suspension order against Sug Media Corporation, whose business name is Sonshine Media Network International (SMNI), for allegedly violating the terms and conditions of its legislative franchise.

In a press release posted on Thursday, Dec. 21, NTC stated that both SMNI's radio and television stations would be suspended for 30 days.

"In ordering the thirty (30)-day suspension of Swara Sug's operations of its radio and television stations pursuant to Section 16 (n) of the Public Service Act, as amended, the NTC stated that it took cognizance of the House of Representatives' declaration in Resolution No. 189 that Swara Sug has violated at least provisions of its legislative franchise, Republic Act No. 11422, and gave due deference to such determination of the House of Representatives and its authority over all matters directly and principally relating to the grant, amendment, extension, or revocation of franchises," it said.

The NTC also issued a show cause order against SMNI, giving the broadcast media 15 days to explain why it "should not be administratively sanctioned for alleged violation of the condition of its authorities to comply with all the laws, rules, and regulations of the land."


Photo courtesy: National Telecommunications Commission

Last Dec. 4, Pwersa ng Bayaning Atleta Party-list Rep. Margarita Nograles filed House Resolution No. 1499 urging NTC to suspend SMNI's legislative franchise due to alleged multiple violations.

Nograles cited that deliberately spread "false information", transferred "controlling interest" without Congressional approval, failed to report the transfer to Congress within 60 days, and failed to comply with the 30% dispersal of ownership to the public.

1-Rider Party-list Rep. Rodge Gutierrez then filed House Bill No. 9710 seeking to revoke the broadcast media's legislative franchise for allegedly violating the terms and conditions.


This week, the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board suspended the airing of two SMNI programs — "Gikan Sa Masa, Para Sa Masa" and "Laban Kasama ang Bayan" — for 14 days.

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