- Cong. Vilma Santos bravely defended ABS-CBN during the congressional hearing on the renewal of the franchise of the network
- During her sponsorship speech, she said that ABS-CBN has contributed so much not only to the entertainment industry but also to public service
- She went on to explain that the non-renewal of the franchise of the network would not just affect the employees but that would include their dependents too
- Being a former actress, Ate Vi stated that those who provide service for the celebs like makeup artists, stylists, designer, makeup etc., would likewise be affected along with their families
Cong. Vilma Santos delivered her sponsorship speech on Monday, June 1 for House Bill 4305. The House of Representatives resumed joint committee hearings on the said day for the franchise renewal of ABS-CBN.
The actress-turned politician made a stand for the network, stating the contributions that it has made not only for the entertainment industry but also through public service.
ABS-CBN is always among those that readily tender help or rescue operations whenever a calamity would hit the country, but along with its shutdown, it will no longer be able to cater to this.
Ate Vi also stated that many will be affected by its shutdown.
"Sa ngayon po, marami sa aking mga kasamahan sa industriya ang nawalan na ng trabaho at ang iba naman po ay nakaambang mawalan na rin po ng trabaho. Para po sa kaalaman ng lahat, sa bawat talent po ng ABS-CBN na mawalan ng trabaho, marami pong mga kasamahan nila sa trabaho ang maaapektuhan," said the congresswoman.
The congresswoman then highlighted that it's not just celebrities who would be affected, but those who often work with them.
"Kasama na rito ang kanilang palagiang kasamahan sa trabaho na tinatawag na personal assistant, personal makeup artist, personal stylist, personal designer kasama na rin po ang kanilang mga personal driver at personal helper na ang artista po na personal ang nagpapasweldo sa kanila."
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 outfits in the Philippines. It has produced top-caliber stars, well-loved programs, and timely news. Some of the popular shows are “It’s Showtime” and “TV Patrol.”
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