- Earlier, the National Telecommunications Commission ordered the closure of broadcasting company ABS-CBN
- Following the decision, the Senators aired their different opinions regarding the cease and desist order
- Some of the Senators shared their concerns over the 11,000 employees of ABS-CBN who are about to lose their jobs
- Meanwhile, Buhay Partylist Rep. Lito Atienza apologized and blamed the Congress and House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano for the pending franchise renewal of ABS-CBN
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On Tuesday, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) issued a cease and desist order against media giant ABS-CBN.
KAMI learned that some Senators voiced out their opinions regarding the decision of NTC.
In various social media posts, the Senators shared their different comments regarding the matter, most especially the 11,000 employees of ABS-CBN who lost their job during the COVID-19 crisis.
Senator Ping Lacson:
“My wife says the closure order issued by the NTC against ABS-CBN is the “cruelest act of the year” because its absence in millions of Filipino homes here and abroad has sealed the ultimate boredom caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Senator Sonny Angara:
“Standing with ABS-CBN in the time of the pandemic. C'mon Congressmen make it happen pls. Thousands of families will lose jobs and incomes.”
Senator Nancy Binay:
“Kulang pa ba ang nagugutom dahil sa Covid at kailangan nyo pang dagdagan?”
“In these trying times, information save lives. Tapos, ngayon n'yo pa tatanggalin ang 11,000 Pilipinong katuwang sa paghahatid ng impormasyon? You don't kill the people and the platform delivering valuable life-saving information.”
Senator Grace Poe:
“I trust that our colleagues in the House and Senate will do the right thing and act on it. More than ever, it is now that we must uphold our duty under the Constitution, protect the freedoms of the press and expression, and ensure fairness in all our proceedings. The whole government is expected to do the same.”
Senator Joel Villanueva:
“To issue this cease and desist order against ABSCBN in times of COVID19 when people need jobs to survive the pandemic is just heartless considering congressional hearings have shown that the station has not violated any law to justify none extension of franchise.”
Senator Risa Hontiveros:
“Nasa 11k ABS-CBN employees ang nanganganib na mawalan ng trabaho habang nasa serbisyo publiko, mga manggagawang maituturing ding frontliners.”
Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan:
“Ito’y kalokohan. Sa gitna ng pandemya ito inaatupag ng gobyerno.”
As previously reported by KAMI, Buhay Partylist Rep. Lito Atienza apologized because the Congress did not do its job regarding the franchise renewal.
ABS-CBN is one of the biggest TV networks in the Philippines. Its franchise has expired while the renewal case is still pending in the Congress.
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