- President of ABS-CBN Carlo Katigbak gave his final message as the Kapamilya network signs off the air
- Katigbak called for unity and sought the help of the people to help each other to maintain the service that the station gives
- He said that it would be for the sake of the 11,000 people working for the network and their families and those who rely on the network's services
- A photo of the network's president, standing tall, with his hand firmly placed on his chest as the Philippine National Anthem plays also went viral
The President and CEO of ABS-CBN gave his final statement as the network went off the air.
KAMI saw a now-viral photo of Mr. Katigbak during the final airing of the Philippine National Anthem, where he stood in the newsroom with his right hand over his left chest.
As posted by ANC 24/7, the exact final words of Katigbak were:
"Mga Kapamilya, kung naging mahalaga sa inyo ang ating ABS-CBN, hinihingi po namin na tayo ay patuloy na magtulungan para mapanatili ang serbisyong naidudulot ng ating stasyon.
Alang-alang po sa mahigit labing-isang libng nagtatrabaho sa ABS-CBN at sa kanilang mga pamilya na maaapektuhan ang kabuhayan at maaring mawalan ng trabaho.
Alang-alang po sa milyun-milyong Pilipinong kailangan ang serbisyo ng ABS-CBN, lalo na sa ngayong panahon ng pinakamatinding krisis sa Pilipinas at sa buong mundo.
Lalo na ngayon sa pinakamalalang panahaon ng sakit at gutom...
Ipadama, isaad at ipadinig po natin ang ating nararamdaman sa pagsasara ng ating ABS-CBN.
Sa oras na ito, kami naman po ang humihingi ng inyong pagdamay."
In a previous KAMI report, the hashtag #NoToABSCBNShutDown trended worldwide on Twitter following the cease and desist order and shutdown of the Kapamilya network.
ABS-CBN is one of the most popular media and entertainment groups in the country. “It’s Showtime” and “TV Patrol” are among its most-watched programs.
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