Despite the discouraging predictions that preceded yesterday’s decision to deny ABS-CBN its legislative franchise, some of its biggest stars took to the streets and showed their solidarity with the embattled network and its 11,000 employees.
Piolo Pascual, who recently drew flak for tagging along with his friend Joyce Bernal and her team who will shoot footage in Sagada for President Duterte’s SONA (they were denied entry because of the area’s COVID protocol), was front and center of a group that carried a banner that said “Defend ABS-CBN workers! Assert pro-worker franchise!” Carrying the banner with the actor was young actress Kathryn Bernardo.
Wearing a mask just like everyone else was Angel Locsin who has been one of the most vocal among the celebrities when it came to expressing support for the Kapamilya station. After the Congress ruling, Locsin even made a speech to a crowd of ABS-CBN employees and supporters. “Sa dami ng gusto Kong sabihin. Hindi ko alam kung ano uunahin ko. Sa dami ng nararamdaman ko ngayon hindi ko alam kung paano isisigaw,” she said. “Pero ang alam ko Lang ito yung panahon para hindi tayo manahimik. Ito yung panahon para hindi tayo magwatak-watak. Ipakita natin kung ano relevance ng industriya na to, na hindi lang tayo basta entertainment...ipakita natin kung anong epekto kapag nagkaisa ang mga taga-industriya.”
Other stars who showed up, whether it’s at the prayer rally outside the ABS-CBN compound in Sgt. Esguerra Street or at the Batasan, were Nikki Valdes, Bianca Gonzales, and Vice Ganda who carried a placard that said “Para sa inyo ito, madlang pipol!”