SMNI Appeals to Malacañang for Program Suspension Reconsideration

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SONSHINE Media Network International (SMNI) has expressed disappointment as its appeal to Malacañang to reconsider the suspension of its two programs remains unanswered. The network has taken its case before the Office of the President, seeking a reversal of the suspension placed on “Laban Kasama Ang Bayan” and “Gikan sa Masa, Para sa Masa.”

Despite filing a motion for reconsideration before the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board, SMNI’s request was denied. Former TV host and now SMNI public relations consultant, Jay Sonza, expressed his concerns during an appearance on the “Business and Politics” program hosted by The Manila Times Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Dante “Klink” Ang 2nd. Sonza called upon former chief justice and now executive secretary, Lucas Bersamin, to review the letter and determine if there were any transgressions or if the required penalty had been met.

While awaiting a response, Sonza emphasized that SMNI still has faith in the judicial process and believes in the independence of the judiciary. He stated that if necessary, the network would seek recourse from the Supreme Court.

In the meantime, SMNI plans to utilize social media as an alternative platform to continue airing its programs. Sonza acknowledged the importance of fighting for the network’s franchise and freedom to broadcast on radio and television. He encouraged viewers to participate in the cause by writing letters to their congressmen or senators, emphasizing that this battle is not just theirs alone, but a fight for every Filipino.

Since December 21, 2023, SMNI has been off the air due to a 30-day suspension imposed by the National Telecommunications Commission on Suara Sug Media Corp., the legal operating name of SMNI. Unfortunately, on January 22, an indefinite suspension order was issued, citing alleged violations of the initial suspension.

Looking ahead, SMNI aims to garner support from the public. The network intends to rally the participation of viewers, urging them to reach out to their respective congressmen or senators to voice their opposition to the revocation of SMNI’s franchise. Sonza expressed his frustration, deeming these actions as baseless and unnecessary.

Recently, the House of Representatives Committee on Legislative Franchises discussed House Bill 9710, filed by 1-Rider party-list Rep. Ramon Rodrigo Gutierrez, which seeks to revoke SMNI’s franchise. The bill cites alleged transgressions and abuses as the basis for this proposal.

As SMNI continues to navigate through these challenges, the network remains hopeful that its appeal will be heard and that its programs will be reinstated. The support of viewers and the belief in the independence of the judiciary provide a glimmer of hope for the future of SMNI.

Source: The Manila Times

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