Angel Locsin was among the ABS-CBN stars who took part in a caravan to the House of Representatives in support of the network. Photo by Larry M. Piojo, ABS-CBN News
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IN PHOTOS: The stars who showed their solidarity with ABS-CBN’s 11,000 employees

The outcome may have been disheartening but these stars let the world know where they stand.
ANCX | Jul 11 2020

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!” 

Kapamilya stars Piolo Pascual and Kathryn Bernardo join other workers and youth groups calling for the renewal of the ABS-CBN franchise. Isay Reyes, ABS-CBN News​
Piolo Pascual was among the masked faces in the crowd of protesters. Jervis Manahan, ABS-CBN News​
Nikki Valdez, who has been very vocal on Twitter about her support for the embattled network, also joined the rally. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News​
Host Bianca Gonzalez does a selfie inside her car during the rally. Photo from her Twitter account
Angel Locsin pleas to give the network a chance to be better. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News​