Actresses, actors, directors, writers, music composers, cinematographers, lighting directors, production designers, art directors, producers, staff and crew from ABS-CBN Corp. are appealing to lawmakers to think of the greater good and ensure that ABS-CBN Corp.’s legislative franchise is renewed to prevent thousands of job losses.
In an open letter to Congress, members of the Philippine film and television community expressed deep concern over the freezing of a bill that seeks to renew the network’s franchise.
The Reason And The Warning
The issue rooted on the 2016 presidential election when the television network allegedly did not air Duterte’s campaign ad that was already paid during that time.
“Kalakas ng loob… mukhang marami kami sila Chiz Escudero, tanggap nang tanggap. Niloko ninyo kami, marami hindi lang ako kaya kayo hindi ko kayo palusutin.”
Duterte also told reporters that the television giant offered to return his payment but he refused to accept it because it was made after the election.
“They offered to pay and I refused to accept it because it was returned to me… proposed to return the money was too late after the election.”
“When you do that to many people, it’s fraud. You’re actually a fraud when you actually received money and you don’t come up with your part in the bargain,” he added.
Duterte has repeatedly criticized ABS-CBN for the network’s alleged biased reporting, including his supposed ill-gotten wealth and his controversial war on illegal drugs.
Will This Be The End?
Lopez-led ABS-CBN Corp expressed uncertainty over its franchise which is set to expire in March next year.
“Losing one of just a few national mass media organizations (TV/Radio) that we have will impact on the very reason why information and communication is vital to the building of a great nation. It will deprive people of choices, of another source of FREE access to information, knowledge and entertainment.”
The people working for the media giant added that the closure of ABS-CBN would displace thousands of families, especially those who are still providing for their children’s education up to college.