MANILA — (UPDATED) Actress and philanthropist Angel Locsin was among the personalities who spoke up Tuesday against the government order to close ABS-CBN's broadcast operations, saying the move costs even more Filipinos their livelihood during an already trying time due to the coronavirus pandemic.
"Para sa kapwa," she wrote on Instagram, with an animated emoji embracing the ABS-CBN logo.
"Sa panahon na kailangan ng hanapbuhay ng mga tao. Let's be considerate and ask ourselves kung makakatulong ba ang mga desisyon natin lalo na sa panahong ito," Locsin said, referring to the coronavirus crisis.
Addressing her home network, she wrote: "To ABS-CBN, isang karangalan po na naging bahagi at nakasama ko po kayo. Mahal ko kayo."
In a subsequent tweet, Locsin then addressed those who appeared to rejoice over ABS-CBN's shutdown, mentioning the potential loss of livelihood for thousands.
"Sa lahat ng nagmamagaling at nagsasabi na 'buti nga nagsara ang ABS', sana masarap ang tulog ninyo ngayon gabi at nakapagbayad na ng bills. Sana rin masarap rin ang mga napamalengke ninyo na ipapakain sa inyong pamilya. Sana walang magkasakit na kailangan ipagamot at gastusan," she wrote.
Locsin, 35, has been a Kapamilya star since 2007. She has been an outspoken supporter of ABS-CBN, especially as challenges to the network's franchise renewal were tackled in the Senate.
"Kami po ang ABS-CBN," she said at the time, referring to employees — an estimated 11,000 — who were at risk of losing their jobs if the network is forced to close.
Locsin also said she intends to join the "fight" in restoring ABS-CBN on air, as she re-posted a statement from fellow actress Angel Aquino about grieving "the (temporary) death of my home station."
"Game," Locsin wrote. "Hindi ako uupo at mananahimik."