Angel, Anne, Enchong, Vice: Celebrities speak out against ABS-CBN’s feared shutdown

February 13, 2020 - 7:42 PM
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Usually advised mum on political issues, established artists of ABS-CBN expressed their support for the renewal of their home network’s broadcast franchise, which is being blocked by the Duterte government.

Actors Angel Locsin and Enchong Dee were the latest to rally fans to support the broadcast giant’s continued operations, citing the welfare of thousands of workers at stake with a shutdown.

Their fans have been waiting for their reactions on the quo warranto petition seeking to revoke the Kapamilya network’s license to operate filed last February 10.

Solicitor General Jose Calida accused ABS-CBN of constitutional violations, all of which ABS-CBN immediately denied after.

This petition also came even if its legislative franchise is already set to expire this March, and while the proposal to renew it is still pending in the Congress.

Locsin, on Instagram, highlighted the jobs of thousands of workers, from cameramen to members of production crew, which are now at risk because of the legal remedy used.

She also shared photos of the colleagues she had worked with in the past.

“Isang pakiusap. ‘Think before you click.’ Mga cameramen, utility, art department, technical department, production, actors, directors, caterers, producers, lightmen, crew, tents, etc.. Mga ilan sa libo-libong tao sa loob ng isang network. Kami po ang ABS-CBN,” Locsin said on February 12.

“Sa ilang taon ko po sa ABS-CBN, nakilala at minahal ko ang mga tao dito. I have listened and known their stories—kung anong mga pinag-iipunan nila, magkano pa ang utang, sino ang nagkasakit…lahat pinagpapaguran para po sa pamilya nila,” she added.

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Isang pakiusap. “Think before you click”. Mga cameramen, utility, art department, technical department, production, actors, directors, caterers, producers, lightmen, crew, tents, etc.. Mga ilan sa libo-libong tao sa loob ng isang network. KAMI po ang ABS-CBN. Sa ilang taon ko po sa ABS-CBN, nakilala at minahal ko ang mga tao dito. I have listened and known their stories — kung anong mga pinag-iipunan nila, magkano pa ang utang, sino ang nagkasakit… lahat pinagpapaguran para po sa pamilya nila. I may have not renewed my contract with ABS since I’m preparing for my wedding, but these men will always be my family and I will stand by them. Mahal ko sila at hindi po ito drama kundi kung sino po ang mas magdurusa sa sitwasyong ito. Bago po tayo magsalita, isiping mabuti kung makakasira ba ito ng buhay ng napakaraming tao. Kung ito ho ba ang tamang solusyon? Kung meron pong pagkakamali man, gawin po nating tama. Hindi po ang pagpapasara ng isang network ang makakatulong sa amin at sa pamilya po namin. We have families that rely on us kagaya nyo rin po. Konting pag-unawa lang po. Isang pakiusap. 📸 ABS-CBN team behind the set. #NoToABSCBNShutDown

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Dee stressed the importance of artists, including ABS-CBN talents, in the country.

“I always tell people that ‘Artists should be the first line of defense of our democracy,’ people tend to agree, but mostly do nothing about it or get reprimanded for saying something political,” the matinee actor said on Twitter.

He shared that he is sad and bothered by the situation.

“I am a Filipino first and my job comes second, let’s be vigilant not only because jobs are in peril, but mainly because we are Filipinos fighting for the democracy and constitution of our country,” Dee said.

“I am angry. I am sad. I am bothered,” he added.

Regine Velasquez, meanwhile, drew a picture of what will be lost in local entertainment should the shutdown push through.

She mentioned the noontime variety show ASAP, the well-loved character of Cardo in “Ang Probinsyano,” the series starred by well-loved love teams and her own performances as among the entertainment acts that the public will miss.

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Pano ako kakanta kung wala ng ASAP??? Totoo bang magsasara na ang ABS-CBN?? Isa po ito sa mga tanong ng nakakarami. TOTOO PO!!!!!!! Anong ibigsabihin nito???? Hindi na po natin mapapanood si Cardo!!!!!!! Hindi na natin malalaman pa kung ano ang mayayari sa Love thy woman at Iba pang teleseryeng napalapit na sa mga puso nating lahat. Hindi na natin makikita si Sarah umawit at yumugyug saliw ng TALA. Hindi na natin makikita sila Mori,Ange,KZ ,Moi Jona at iba pang magaling na mangaawit bumirit ng libre. Hindi na tayo matatawa kay Alex at Ate nya. Hindi na tayo mapapatawa at mabibigyan ng kasiyahan ni Vice Ganda!!!!!!Hindi na tayo makaka discover ng mga bagong mang aawit, bagong idolo. Na makapagbabago sa buhay ng mga napaka talentong mga kabataan natin. Hindi na natin mapapanod ng libre ang KathNiel, LizQuen at MayWard.Higit sa lahat wala ng BALITA at importating impormasyon tayong mapapanood. Alam kong sasabihin nyo meron pa namang ibang networks tama kayo and akin lang naman diba parang tinanggalan tayo ng kalayaang pumili ng gusto natin mapanood?? Maganda rin may pinag pipilian ka dahil alam ng networks yun kaya pinagbubuti talaga ang bawat palabas na mapapanood natin. Higit pa dun may laya ang bawat mamamayan pumili kung ano ang makapagpapasaya sa kanila. Ang ibig sabihin TAYO ANG PANALO dahil ito ay LIBRE😊 Bagamat ako po ay bago pa lamang naninirahan sa tahanang Ito ako naman po ay itinuring totoong kapamilya. Naliligalig din po ako dahil nakasalalay din po ang aming kabuhayan sa ABS-CBN. Naisip ko tuloy….. na kung ako ay naliligalig pano pa ang iba na dito talaga nakasalalay ang buhay nila at pamilya nila. Siguro hindi natin mararamdaman agad pag wala at tuluyan na ngang isara ang network. Pero sa kalaunan mararamdaman natin na tayo pala ay natanggalan ng KARAPATAN. Siguro maliit na bagay ito para sayo pero sa amin personal Ito. #wagisaraangabscbn

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Anne Curtis and Ruffa Gutierrez also expressed their support for ABS-CBN, citing the jobs it provided to many Filipinos over the years.

Ria Atayde and Vice Ganda, meanwhile, defended the company against tax evasion allegations online.

In his petition, Calida accused the firm of supposed foreign ownership and running operations it has not been given permission to do so in the first place.

Blow to the music industry

The Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit, an organization of professional Filipino singers, stressed the company’s importance as a platform for improving the local music industry.

“ABS-CBN and its various units have long been a steadfast partner and massive platform for not just our members but indeed the entire Filipino music community to hone and share their artistry. Shutting it down will deal a significant blow to our community of artists that Filipinos rely on for more than their entertainment. The repercussions will indeed be felt far beyond our sector,” it said on Facebook.

Statement of Support from OPM re OSG Filing of “Quo Warranto” against ABS CBN

Posted by OPM – Organisasyon ng mga Pilipinong Mang-Aawit on Tuesday, February 11, 2020

 

Seasoned singers Ogie Alcasid and Gary Valenciano also reposted the organization’s message on their accounts.