Kapamilya actors, reporters, workers, and ABS-CBN supporters are deeply mouning the decision of the House Committee on Legislative Franchises in Congress, which declined ABS-CBN’s bid for broadcast franshise renewal.
At the hearing and summation held earlier today, July 10, at the Batasang Pambansa, 70 congressmen voted to deny the Kapamilya network’s bid for franchise renewal, while only 11 voted in favor of the media giant; one reportedly abstained while two others opted to inhibit.
Opposition senator Risa Hontiveros released a statement regarding the result of the votation in Congress and said that denying the TV network to air because of "political agenda" is a direct assault to the country's press freedom.
"The non-renewal of ABS-CBN’s franchise has set a dangerous precedent," the lawmaker said on her Facebook post today. “Because the government allowed politicking in the process of renewing a legislative franchise and succeeded in the shutting down of a media institution, we have effectively begun to ring the death knell on press freedom in the country."
The lady senator also sided the workers who are set to lose their jobs now that the network failed to win the nod of the majority in the franchise committee.
Hontiveros also urged the public to dissent, to keep fighting for the freedom of the press, and to hold the government accountable of their deeds.
"We must speak out against this outrageous act of political persecution. We must protect the cause of a free press in this country. We must not be afraid to hold those in power into account."
Now that the broadcast application in Congress has been denied, Kapamilyas and their allies went to social media to express their grief for the fate of the Kapamilya network.
Sharlene San Pedro
💔— Liza Soberano (@lizasoberano) July 10, 2020