E-Media replies to Mayor's allegations Print
Monday, 30 October 2017 16:53

Rey Bayoging, E-Media President and Chief Executive Officer, maintains that the company is a content provider and not a broadcasting company as claimed by City Hall.

Bayoging’s reaction followed a post made by Zamboanga Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco on her Facebook page explaining the reason why city hall did not issue a business permit for E-media, a broadcasting company.

“We never claimed to be a broadcasting company ever since, rather, we are a content provider of Westwind Broadcasting Company,” Bayoging stressed.

The mayor explained that they have not issued a business permit for E-Media to broadcast because it does not have a Congressional Franchise.

The company (E-media) has no right to go into such business (broadcasting) based on its articles of incorporation, the mayor pointed out.

Bayoging explained that Westwind Broadcasting holds a congressional franchise and E-media is the content provider of the  Westwind broacasting company, which occupies a portion of the second floor of the E-media Building in Divisoria where its transmitter is located.

“The mayor is correct to say that she cannot issue a business permit to us for broadcast but this cannot be a reason to justify its action to close down E-media,” Bayoging said.

Bayoging also clarified, the city government has ordered them before to apply for business permit as broadcasting under the name of Westwind Broadcasting, which they are complying.

E-media cannot apply for such as “we do not have a franchise to operate as broadcast network,” Bayoging said.

“What we want is to give us time to comply with all the necessary requirements in applying for business permit for Westwind Broadcasting,”  Bayoging said.

Bayoging also commented on the lady mayor’s denial in suppressing press freedom in the city saying “but closing a TV and radio station is the modest way of killing a journalist,”  Bayoging concluded.