On Tuesday, July 14, Angel Locsin took to Instagram to say her piece about Congress' move to deny ABS-CBN with a franchise renewal.
It could be recalled that it was last Friday, July 10 when the majority of the House committee on legislative franchises chose to reject the media giant from being granted a new franchise.
Out of 85 members, 70 voted to agree on the franchise denial while 11 opposed. 2 lawmakers chose to inhibit themselves and 1 abstained.
In her post that featured an artwork depicting an ABS-CBN cameraman losing her job, the actress told her followers that it took for a while for her to compose herself and determine what she actually felt about the situation.
"Alam ko I am sad, alam ko I am angry. Pero may pakiramdam ako ng panghihinayang na hindi ko maintindihan kung saan nanggaling nung simula," Angel said. "Ngayon po na-realize ko kung saan nanggaling ang lahat ng emosyon na ito."
The granting of the franchise renewal, according to Angel, would have been the chance for the government to fix the entertainment industry in the country.
"I was genuinely hoping that we could turn this into an opportunity to fix the industry's issues," she continued. "Hindi lang po sa ABS-CBN, kundi ang kabuohan."
Although, Angel admitted that she has seen a lot of improvements in showbiz compared to when she started, but some things remain unchanged.
"Pero aminado po ako na marami pa rin pong bagay sa entertainment industry ang kailangan pang ayusin, gaya ng ibang nirereklamo ng ibang laborers," she added.
Angel, then, expressed disappointment for the 70 representatives in Congress who voted for the denial of ABS-CBN's franchise.
"[They] chose to shutdown the network instead of standing up for the people and fix those problems," the Iba 'Yan host said, before questioning their actions of hearing different testimonies from ABS-CBN employees.
"What's the purpose of those testimonies from laborers fighting for their rights kung dito lang matatapos?" she asked. "Hindi rin naman sila natulungan. Pinagsalita lang pero iniwan lang rin sa ere."
After 13 hearings, Angel said Congress still denied them to work in "better labor conditions."
She, then, compared the entertainment industry to a health status, saying show business is sick and Congress has been placed in duties to guide and heal them from a certain sickness.
"But sadly, the congress chose a rigid path, pulled the plug, and ignored the plea of the entertainment people," she said. "They chose the easy way out instead of curing the disease."
Angel then questioned why innocent people had to be affected because of the personal vendetta of some against the network.
"Totoong serbisyo para sa tao ba ang ginagawa o gumaganti lang dahil na-expose ang ilang pagkakamali nila?" she asked.
She concluded her message by saying the reason behind continuing the battle, which is the need for her fellow employees to have someone by their side.
"Kaya ako lumalaban, kahit mahirap at tagilid, kailangan ng mga kasama ko ang karamay ngayon, higit kailan man," she began to conclude her message. "Naniniwala akong hindi mawawalan ng saysay ang lahat… dahil tatatak ito sa kasaysayan and we, the Filipino people, will never forget."
ABS-CBN enjoyed a 25-year franchise before its expiration on May 4. The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) ordered a cease and desist to the network on the said date, forcing them to stop television and radio operations.
A month later, the NTC ordered the stoppage of the Kapamilya network's subsidiaries Sky Direct and ABS-CBN TV Plus.
This was not the first time ABS-CBN was closed down by the government. It was in 1972 when it closed during the reign of the late president and dictator Ferdinand Marcos' 21-year martial law.
It reopened in 1986 when Marcos was ousted during the first People Power Revolution.
Over 11,000 employees of ABS-CBN are in danger of losing their jobs after the loss of its franchise.
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