- Several Kapuso personalities have reacted to the Congress' decision on the much-talked-about ABS-CBN’s franchise application
- These personalities include GMA talents and journalists who expressed sympathy to celebrities and employees from their rival network
- This is after a total of 70 lawmakers voted to "deny” the franchise application of the media giant
- Only 11 congressmen and congresswomen stood up for the network's franchise renewal
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Several personalities from GMA network have aired their reaction to the news that the House of Representatives rejected the franchise bid of their rival network, ABS-CBN.
On Friday, July 10, a total of 70 lawmakers voted to "deny” the franchise application of the media giant to continue its broadcast operations while only 11 congressmen stood up for the network.
This prompted many celebrities, including those from the Kapuso network, to air their thoughts about the fate of the Kapamilya network through social media posts.
“Unbelievable,” Janine Gutierrez said.
"Yakap.." Gabbi Garcia posted.
Bea Binene likewise tweeted, "Nasabi ko na 'to noon, parang mas kailangan 'to ngayon... dasal, mahigpit na virtual yakap at puso. kapit lang."
"God will restore everything.. Yakap sa lahat ng kapamilya," Mark Bautista posted.
"Masakit ang mga nangyayari. Maraming nasasaktan, nalulungkot at natatakot. Unawain natin ang nararamdaman ng bawat isa. Let us not be rude or hurtful in these times. If we have nothing nice or comforting to say, let us not cultivate more hate. Let us still be civilised. Yakap," said Jasmine Curtis.
Jasmine, sister of Kapamilya star Anne Curtis, also thanked the 11 lawmakers who stood up for the network.
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"No words atm," Lauren Young stated.
"Respeto para sa mga magigiting na kasamahan namin sa media. Malungkot na araw, pero tuloy ang paghahatid natin ng katotohanan. To my friends in ABSCBN, stay strong. Always praying for you," Kara David wrote.
"To all my friends over at Mother Ignacia, my thoughts and prayers are with you. As I’ve said before, history will be your guide. You are forged in fire. This, too shall pass," Joseph Morong said.
ABS-CBN is one of the leading broadcast networks in the Philippines. Its 25-year franchise expired on May 4 and the Committee on Legislative Franchises of the House of Representatives officially rejected on July 10 its bid to secure another franchise.
ABS-CBN president and CEO Carlo Katigbak then issued a statement an hour after the House committee finally announced the result of the voting on the fate of the network.
Kapamilya stars likewise expressed gratitude to the 11 lawmakers who voted for ABS-CBN to return on air.
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