ABS-CBN stars continue to voice out their support for their home network, its future being uncertain because of the quo warranto petition filed by the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) to the Supreme Court (SC).
The petition, filed by Solicitor General Jose Calida, contains the alleged violation of ABS-CBN in the provision of their franchise, which is the reason why it should be revoked by the SC.
However, the Kapamilya network has denied said claims.
In addition, Congress has yet to hear any bills that would extend the media giant’s franchise over the next 25 years. The franchise of ABS-CBN is set to expire on March 30, 2020.
In the midst of all these, celebrities have voiced out their opinion in the said issue. The likes of Piolo Pascual, Coco Martin, Angel Locsin, Enchong Dee, and Robin Padilla have laid out their sentiments on their social media accounts.
PIOLO’S SECOND FAMILY
In his statement, actor Piolo Pascual thought of the people working behind the scenes whom he has already treated like family. The 43-year-old is also hoping that everything would be okay in the end.
“Family has always been my anchor, mula nung nagsisimula ako as an on-cam talent until now when I also produce content off-cam,” he wrote on his Instagram post last Tuesday, February 11.“Fortunately, I found another family in ABS-CBN - fellow artists who are now my friends, my mentors, and the many people behind the scene. Kung wala sila, wala din kami. That’s why I’m praying everything turns out well and ok.”
“At para sa mga tao who give their best every day to inform, to entertain, and to give us hope. Stay strong, mga Kapamilya.” he added.
Piolo was last seen in the television sitcom Home Sweetie Home last April 2019 with Toni Gonzaga, Rufa Mae Quinto, and Ogie Alcasid.
ANGEL IS FOR THE KAPAMILYA
On the other hand, Angel Locsin is praying that the laws of the land will be used for the right reasons and for the Filipinos.
“Praying that the law shall be used to protect jobs, press freedom, justice and betterment of the Filipino people.” the actress wrote last February 11.
In another Instagram post uploaded last Wednesday, February 12, Angel appealed to netizens to “think before you click” and to think about the people that will be affected with the non-renewal.
"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,” she wrote. "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. “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.
She reiterated that before anyone should speak about the issue, netizens should think if this is going to affect the lives of many people.
“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,” she concluded. “Konting pag-unawa lang po. Isang pakiusap. ABS-CBN team behind the set. #NoToABSCBNShutDown.”
Angel was last seen in the hit primetime series The General’s Daughter with Albert Martinez, Paulo Avelino, Tirso Cruz III, Janice De Belen, Arjo Atayde, Ryza Cenon, and Maricel Soriano.
ENCHONG’S CALL TO FELLOW ARTISTS
Apart from backing his home network from the issue on franchise renewal, Enchong Dee also called to his fellow artists to speak up and be alert, not only because their job is on the line but because it is their responsibility as Filipinos to fight for democracy.
In an Instagram post last Wednesday, February 12, Enchong reflected on how only a few celebrities speak up of their stance on the aforementioned issue out of worry that they may be rebuked for being “political” or to “protect their reputation.”
“I always tell people that ‘Artists should be the first line of defense of our democracy’, people tend to agree, but most do nothing about it or get reprimanded for saying something political,” Enchong wrote. “Very few listen and even fewer are brave enough to stand their ground because of their ‘reputation’. Now that ABS-CBN (my home for almost 15 years) is being wrongly accused of so many things… I am angry. I am sad. I am bothered.”
The actor-entrepreneur pressed that there is a need for vigilance as a Filipino who is voicing out for democracy, not just as someone who’s job is at risk.
“I am a Filipino first and my job comes second. Let’s be vigilant not only because our jobs are in peril but mainly because we are Filipinos fighting for the democracy and Constitution of our country,” he went on.
“I know after this post, paid trolls would attack me but I stand firm with my beliefs and I am not afraid to lose my little popularity,” he ended.
COCO FEARS FOR ALL EMPLOYEES
FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano lead and creative director Coco Martin is saddened by the quo warranto petition by the OSG.
On his post uploaded last Tuesday, February 11, ABS-CBN’s Primetime King voiced out that a lot of people will be affected once ABS-CBN will be closed down.
“Napakalaki ng utang na loob ko sa ABS-CBN, natupad ko lahat ng pangarap ko para sa sarili ko at sa aking buong pamilya,” he wrote. “Dahil sa sa ABS-CBN, napakaraming tao at pamilya na nabigyan ng oportunidad magkaroon ng maayos na buhay.”
The actor also added that his show, Ang Probinsyano, gives opportunities to celebrities who are looking for jobs.
“Sa pamamagitan ng FPJ's Ang Probinsyano, napakaraming taong natulungan, mula sa aming mga artista, staff at crew,” he went on. “Nabigyan ulit ng trabaho lalo na ang mga artista na nawalan ng pag-asa na muling makita ulit sa telebisyon, nagkaroon ulit sila ng pagkakataon para kumita at ituloy muli ang kanilang mga pangarap!”
He also feared that even he might lose his job if the SC approves of the OSG’s petition.
“Paano na po ang aking pamilya at ang mga pamilya ng lahat ng nagtratrabaho sa kumpanyang ito?” he asked. “Dito po kami umaasa ng aming ikabubuhay. Sa pagtatrabaho ko sa ABS-CBN ay nalibot ko na halos ang buong Pilipinas at buong mundo upang pasiyahin at pasalamatan ang lahat ng mga Pilipino na tumatangkilik sa aming mga pinalalabas.”
Coco even cited the charity events ABS-CBN does that is of great help to the public.
“Sa tuwing may sakuna, ang ABS-CBN ginagawa ang abot ng kanilang makakaya upang makatulong sa lahat ng nangangailangan,” he said. “At ako mismo ang nakasaksi kung gaano kabuti ang hangarin ng ABS-CBN upang makatulong sa lahat ng mga Pilipino.”
In the end, he asked for prayers from the public, that ABS-CBN will have a better future.
“Sana po tulungan ninyo kami na ipanalangin na mapukaw ang puso at maliwanagan ang isip ng mga tao na nagnanais ipasara ang istasyon na tumutulong ng malaki sa maraming buhay!” he ended.
FOR ROBIN, NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW
Mixed reactions welcomed Robin Padilla when he voiced his opinion for the quo warranto petition against ABS-CBN.
In a now-deleted Instagram post, Robin said the law should be equal to all.
The 50-year-old actor said (published as is): "Mayaman o Mahirap may kapangyarihan o wala sikat man o hindi ang lahat dapat ay pantay pantay sa harap ng Batas dahil ang hustisya ay walang tinitignan o tinititigan ANG MALI ay MALI at ang TAMA ay TAMA walang maybe o exempted ang lahat ay mananagot kapag lumabag sa batas. Panay na nga ang labag natin sa batas ng Dios napakapambihira naman kung pati batas ng tao lalabag pa rin tayo. Anong klase na tayong tao at lahi…”
However, after a few hours, Robin deleted the post on his Instagram and Facebook. Yet, screenshots of the post circulated on social media and a blog wrote about his entire piece.
Robin answered the blog article on his Facebook, saying the following:
"Ano bang kinakatakot natin para sa ABSCBN? may pagkakasala ba talaga sila sa batas ?" he wrote. “Ako ay may tiwala sa BATAS dahil naranasan ko ang talim at lambing ng BATAS sa buhay ko kaya ko sinasabi na dapat umiral ang BATAS dahil ang batas ang proteksyon ng lahat ng Pilipino mayaman man o mahirap.”
"no one is above the law and under it kaya kung wala silang kasalanan it will be their glory and pride so let them fight it in our courts Let the truth prevail,” he went on. "wag tayong maging spoiler parang teleserye lang yan na pinanonood niyo abangan niyo ang mga revelation ayaw niyo ba malaman ang katotohanan?"
Robin added that he deleted his post on Facebook and Instagram about the franchise issue as respect to his wife, Mariel Rodriguez-Padilla, who currently hosts the noontime show It’s Showtime, who told him that he is a “kapamilya forever.”
"she said to me im a kapamilya forever at sinabihan din ako ni kuya ipe salvador na magrelax at tumahimik dahil walang alam si mayor PRRD sa hakbang ng solgen kaya balik na lang ako sa aking journey towards spirituality. Peace be with you all may the wisdom and blessings of our only God be with those who are neglected weak and poor in shaa Allah" he concluded.