Oct. 23, 2012
-- ABS-CBN International categorically takes exception to the inclusion of ABS-CBN StarKargo among the "blacklisted foreign principals and consolidators abroad due to reports of undelivered packages and other violations under Philippine Shippers Bureau ("PSB") Administrative Order No. 6 series or the Revised Rules on Freight Forwarding" (the " PSB Order") as stated in the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) News Release dated October 16, 2012.
On the matter of "undelivered packages", ABS-CBN International is not aware nor has been notified of any such incident pending before DTI-PSB.
On the issue of "violations":
the PSB Order does not apply to ABS-CBN StarKargo since the PSB has no jurisdiction over ABS-CBN StarKargo, a business owned and operated by ABS-CBN International based in the U.S. To facilitate the delivery of the shipments of ABS-CBN StarKargo's customers to their relatives and friends in the Philippines, ABS-CBN International engaged the brokerage and freight forwarding services of Sky Land Brokerage, Inc. which is organized and existing under Philippine laws and is duly accredited by the PSB.
ABS-CBN International painstakingly built and maintained the reputation and goodwill of ABS-CBN StarKargo through many years of excellent service to thousands of satisfied customers. ABS-CBN International has been a consistent recipient of an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) in the U.S. since September 10, 1998. There being no clear basis for naming ABS-CBN StarKargo as a "blacklisted"
company and "warning the public against engaging its services" as stated in the News Release, it has filed a letter to the DTI-PSB requesting for clarification and immediate removal of ABS-CBN StarKargo's name from the "blacklisted"
entities to prevent further damage to its name. About ABS-CBN International
ABS-CBN International was created over 15 years ago to be of service to all Filipinos. With the launch of The Filipino Channel (TFC), the company became the first and most successful Filipino content distribution company in the U.S. The company offers telecommunication, retail, theatricals, money remittance and cargo services, online audio and video streaming, IPTV, On Demand, along with philanthropic support for Filipinos and the communities they now call home. Based in Redwood City, CA, ABS-CBN International is a subsidiary of ABS-CBN Corporation, the Philippines’
largest entertainment and broadcasting company, through ABS-CBN Corporation's wholly-owned subsidiary, ABS-CBN Global Hungary Kft. For more information, visit www.abs-cbnglobal.com