Wilson Tieng files criminal raps vs ABS-CBN officials
The dispute between businessman Wilson Tieng’s Solar Entertainment Corp. and the Lopez-led ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corp. is far from over.
Tieng has filed a criminal complaint for estafa against the officers and directors of ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corp.
The complaint, lodged before the Makati Prosecutor’s Office, is related to the civil case for damages filed by Solar against ABS-CBN in connection with their joint license agreement for the NBA (National Basketball Association) games.
Respondents to the case are Eugenio Lopez III, Carlo Joaquin Tadeo L. Katigbak, Ma. Rosario N. Santos-Concio, Augusto Almeda-Lopez, Oscar M. Lopez, Manuel M. Lopez, Federico R. Lopez, Federico M. Garcia, Salvador G. Tirona, Antonio Joe U. Periquet, Emmanuel S. De Dios, Mario Carlo P. Nepomuceno, Rolando P. Valdueza, Ma. Socorro V. Vidanes, Ma. Lourdes N. Santos, Rafael L. Lopez, Antonio S. Ventosa, Ma. Regina E. Reyes, Jose Agustin C. Benitez, Jr., Ma. Rosario S. Bartolome, Roberto G. Labayen, Vivian Y. Tan, Luis Paolo M. Pineda, Raymund Martin T. Miranda, Martin L. Lopez, Higino T. Dungo, Jr., Aldrin M. Cerrado, Mario Luza Bautista, Abigail Q. Aquino, Evelyn D. Raymundo, Maricel P. Arenas, Philip Lamberto Berba, Kane Errol C. Choa, Donald Partick L. Lim, Fernando V. Villar, Dino J. Laurena, Gabriel D. Orendain, Caesar J. Poblador, Enrique I. Quiason, Marifel G. Gaerlan-Cruz, and Carmela Del Mundo.
“ABS-CBN believes that the criminal complaint, like the civil complaint, has no legal and factual basis, and is being used as a tool for harassment,” the media conglomerate said in a filing with the stock exchange.
ABS-CBN said it would take appropriate legal action to hold Solar responsible for this unfounded action.
Solar alleged that SkyCable failed to pay carriage fees for airing the BTV and NBA Premium TV channels over a three-year period.
ABS-CBN argued it paid 60 percent of the license fees and it “considered that the same already covered the carriage fees of Sky Cable.”
Solar has the exclusive right to air NBA in the Philippines since 2010. In 2014, it entered into a joint license agreement with ABS-CBN for limited airing rights of NBA games.