Hours before the scheduled noise barrage and motorcade at the ABS-CBN complex on Saturday, the air was already filled with energy and emotion. Cars slowly circled the block that connected Mother Ignacia, E. Lopez, and Esguerra, all incessantly beeping and its passengers shouting.
Everyone was converging at the Sgt. Esguerra gate of the network’s compound where a small stage was set up. There, speakers—from college editors to party list representatives—took turns to air the pent-up emotions and frustrations they have been feeling since the start of the congressional hearings. Every now and then, the crowd—whose social distancing was maintained by roving marshals—would chant “defend, defend, defend press freedom!” while military personnel observed from different corners.
Both celebrities and employees from the network, whose work and livelihood were affected by the non-renewal, stood as close as permissible, singing “Bayan Ko,” shouting until they were hoarse and until the skies darkened. While our future remains uncertain, for that night at least, we wanted to make sure that someone was hearing our voices.
Angel Locsin: 'Yong mga kasamahan kong artista na hindi pa rin nagsasalita. Ano tatahimik na lang kayo? Wala na kayong network? Ano magpapa-cute na lang kayo sa Instagram? #ABSCBNfranchise pic.twitter.com/MvM8y9mLoR— ABS-CBN News (@ABSCBNNews) July 18, 2020
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PANOORIN: Inawit ng mga dumalo sa noise barrage sa tapat ng ABS-CBN compound ang 'Bayan Ko'.— ABS-CBN News (@ABSCBNNews) July 18, 2020
Patuloy ang suporta ng iba't ibang sektor sa mga manggagawa ng network kasabay ng pagtutol sa pagpatay sa #ABSCBNfranchise. pic.twitter.com/yS48ltOitw | via @mikenavallo