In a rare instance, Sarah Geronimo has made her voice known online, finally saying her piece on the issue of the ABS-CBN shutdown.
Supporters of the media giant have called her out on social media, saying she has not spoken up for her network ever since its franchise issue erupted. Her Popsters, though, have assembled behind her, trending the term "Protect Sarah G AtAllCost" on Twitter.
Some even surmised that she is one of the Kapamilya celebrities lambasted by Angel Locsin who, in a speech during the ABS-CBN noise barrage last Saturday, July 18, called out her fellow Kapamilya stars who have been silent about the franchise issue.
The singer-actress released her statement last Sunday, July 19, beginning with photos of Bible quotes from the books 1 John and Proverbs.
In the next photo was her actual statement, beginning by expressing gratitude to ABS-CBN for supporting her in her body of work while appealing to give them a chance.
"[A]ng ABS-CBN po ay ang network na ilang beses na sumugal at sumuporta sa akin bilang artist at performer," Sarah said. "Niyakap nila ako at inalagaan nang husto na parang kanilang sariling "anak" o homegrown talent."
“Malaki po ang utang na loob ko sa network na ito at habangbuhay ko po ipagpapasalamat ang bawat oportunidad, tiwala na ibinigay nila sa akin,” she added.
Despite admitting that she does not know the full details on why her home network was not granted a franchise, she saluted ABS-CBN executives who spoke before Congress in the many hearings they have attended.
"Bagamat napakasakit po na matanggihan, patuloy pa rin kaming sumasamo, nakikiusap at umaapila, nagdadasal para sa aming hangarin na mabigyan muli ang aming minamahal na ABS-CBN family ng isa pang pagkakataon,” she then said.
She also said that now is the chance to make up for shortcomings and to serve the Filipino people.
"Pagkakataon na makabawi kung meron mang naging pagkukulang, pagkakataon na malawakang makapaglingkod, makapagbigay serbisyo sa [mamamayang] Pilipino.” the "Tala" singer said.
The Pop Star Royalty also called for unity in this time of pandemic and shared her sympathies to the ABS-CBN employees who are relieved of their jobs because of the network's shutdown.
"Mahal ko po ang aking ABS-CBN family. Mahalaga po sa akin ang bawat empleyado na labis na nagdadalamhati ngayon dahil sa kawalan ng trabaho,” she said.
"Ako po si Sarah Geronimo, [‘di] lamang artista, isa ring mamayang Pilipino na umaapila para sa mga labis na apektado ng COVID-19,” she, then, declared.
She began to conclude her statement by asking everybody to build each other up and not tear each other down, saying we should shift our focus to helping our fellow countrymen.
“Magtulungan po tayo, ‘wag po tayo magwatak-watak," she told her readers. "Ituon po natin ang ating pansin at pokus sa ating mga kababayan na sugatan at pasigaw nang humihingi ng saklolo dahil sa pagod, sakit at dalamhati."
"MAGKAISA PO TAYO PARA SA ATING MAHAL NA BANSANG PILIPINAS. MAGKAISA PO TAYO. MAGKAISA PO TAYO PARA SA ATING KAPWA," she concluded.
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