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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Jul 10, 2020


angel locsin

kathryn bernardo
sharon cuneta

anne curtis

WE SYMPATHIZE with our friends in ABS-CBN now that an act of vengeance in closing them down triumphed when 70 of our congressmen, all allies of the current administration, voted not to renew their license to operate.

This happened after 12 public hearings that showed and established that the network has not really violated any legal provision legally.

ABS-CBN is a major entertainment and news provider and it’s obvious that what happened to them is an act of personal vendetta since other networks have committed their own violations but didn’t encounter any problems in renewing their franchise the way ABS-CBN did.

International media watchdogs rightfully condemned the network’s closure as a major blow to press freedom.

Human Rights Watch said the lawmakers’ vote was “a grievous assault on press freedom in the country” and the greatest blow to media freedom caused by any government act since then dictator Ferdinand Marcos shut the broadcasting giant and other media outlets after declaring martial law in 1972.

Our heart bleeds for all those who lost their job. The timing is so bad in this time of the pandemic that have already crippled a lot of us. Here are the reactions of vaious stars about the closure of their network:

From Angel Locsin: “Isang karangalan pong naging bahagi kayo ng buhay ko at nakasama ko kayo. Para sa #Malayang Pamamamahayag, No to ABS-CBN shutdown.”

From Kathryn Bernardo: “Isang mahigpit na yakap sa lahat ng mga kapamilya natin.”
From Gary Valenciano: “I may never get used to seeing my dark TV screen when it’s set to ABS-CBN. No amount of bashing and trolling will change the hearts of all those who are committed to be in the service of the Filipino. We will somehow continue to do so.”

From Sharon Cuneta: “Iniisip at inaalala naming artists ng aming tahanan, ang ABS-CBN, ang ilampung-libong empleyadong lumaki nang kasama ko, at ang mga batang bagong empleyado pa lamang ng aming istasyon...You are all in my heart and prayers. We love our HOME. And some people have made us HOMELESS now...May God bless us all.”

From Anne Curtis: “I’m still in disbelief that this is actually happening. It’s so heartbreaking. Nakakalungkot.  To my ABS-CBN Family, I stand with you. I pray for brighter days and hearing “in the service of the Filipino” on air again. A big hug sa lahat ng aking KAPAMILYA”

From Ruffa Gutierrez: “ I’m crying while watching the news. Just when we thought there was a slight glimmer of hope that we can still  somehow continue to provide for our families and others na umaasa sa amin. I’m heartbroken and angry.”

From Karen Davila: “Sa dami ng mga problema ng Pilipinas ngayon... sa dami ng nagkakasakit at namamatay sa Covid... sa laki ng problema ngayon sa ekonomiya..sa dami ng nawalan ng trabaho dahil sa covid... Talagang pagpapatigil ng ABSCBN ang inatupag nila. Hindi ko maintindihan kung nasaan ang mga puso nito.”