MANILA -- As one of ABS-CBN’s homegrown artists, Carlo Aquino is hoping things would go in favor of the network concerning its franchise renewal.
Speaking to ABS-CBN News on Wednesday, Aquino said he couldn’t imagine what it would be like if Congress would not allow the broadcast giant to operate.
“Hindi ko ma-imagine na walang ABS-CBN. Ito na 'yung kinalakihan ko. Dito talaga ako [tumanda]. Grabe, nagsimula ako, 9 years old. Ngayon I am 34. Dito ako natuto umarte, dito ako natuto kumanta. Sila ang nag-hone ng skills ko. 'Yun ang gagawin nila sa mga susunod na generations,” he said.
According to Aquino, he is urging his supporters to voice out what ABS-CBN means to them.
“Siyempre sila ang makakatulong sa atin, 'yung mga naniniwala na ang laki ng naitulong ng ABS-CBN sa kanila. Siyempre 'yung mga OFW natin, 'yung mga TFC subscribers,” he said.
Nonetheless, Aquino is certain that no matter what happens, ABS-CBN will remain in the service of the Filipino.
“Kasi para sa akin, with or without a franchise, ABS-CBN will continue to serve the Filipino. 'Yun na ang ginagawa nila for over 60 years. Pero naniniwala pa rin ako at pinagdadasal ko na hindi mangyayari [na mawalan ng franchise],” he said.
Meanwhile, Aquino feels fortunate to still enjoy the network’s trust.
Along with other artists, Aquino renewed his contract with ABS-CBN, which will cover two more years.
“Hindi naman nila binibigay 'yung ganyang contract basta basta. Sobrang 'yung thankfulness ko, talagang over the top. Paghuhusayan ko pa,” he said.
Aquino, who is currently seen in the primetime series “A Soldier’s Heart,” is expected to do three movies in the next two years.