Solicitor General Jose Calida’s filing of a quo warranto petition against ABS-CBN has raised several voices in solidarity with the network. Personalities from various networks have gone public with their support, taking to social media to share their stance.
It isn’t very surprising that there was an outpour of support from ABS-CBN’s roster of stars. Angel Locsin was one of the first to post in defense of the media network. She shared on Instagram the painful truth of the matter, using a photo to depict the most vulnerable actors in this issue.
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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
Angel also posted on her Instagram the black image being used to protest the allegations of the Quo Warranto petition. She captioned it: “Praying that the law shall be used to protect jobs, press freedom, justice, and betterment of the Filipino people.”
Enchong Dee joined her on Twitter, posting a lengthy message on the matter. He called for others to speak up, “not only because jobs are in peril, but mainly because we are Filipinos fighting for the democracy and constitution of our country.”
— Enchong Dee (@enchongdee777) February 12, 2020
Coco Martin likewise defended ABS-CBN on his Instagram by pointing out ABS-CBN’s continued service to the country. He was also one of several signatories to an appeal urging congress to tackle ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal.
Joining him in signing the letter were Angel Aquino, Jaime Fabregas, Joel Lamangan, Bituin Escalante, Pinky Amador, Jun Sabayton, Mae Paner, Ricky Lee, Tetchie Agbayani, and the group’s coordinator, filmmaker Malu Maniquis.
Other celebrities such as Bea Alonzo, Bianca Gonzalez-Intal, Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, Gerald Anderson, Joshua Garcia, Karla Estrada, JM de Guzman, Agot Isidro, Amy Perez, Jolina Magdangal, and John Prats showed support by sharing ABS-CBN’s statement and photos.
Vice Ganda shared their opinion on Twitter as well, commenting on the regret and sadness that Filipinos across the country and the world will feel upon the closure of the network.
Ikalulungkot ng higit na nakararaming Pilipino sa Pilipinas at sa buong mundo kung isasara ang ABS-CBN. #NoToABSCBNShutDown
— jose marie viceral (@vicegandako) February 10, 2020
Celebrities from rival network GMA were not shy in showing their support for ABS-CBN.
Dingdong Dantes posted a series of tweets regarding the quo warranto petition, saying despite the difference of network, “we are one in the media industry. We have one love for the many talents and crafts under this Network, the products, and output of which, directly or indirectly, benefit the lives of millions of Filipinos.”
Award-winning actress Eugene Domingo shared a similar message of solidarity. She captioned her photo: “In the end, we are all family. I pray with you.”
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