Stars react to ABS-CBN being ordered to close TV, radio operations

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 05 2020 06:25 PM | Updated as of May 06 2020 02:01 PM

Kathryn Bernardo and Angel Locsin were among the stars who voiced out their support for ABS-CBN after the National Telecommunications Commission ordered its broadcast closure. FILE/ABS-CBN News

MANILA — As the National Telecommunications Commission ordered ABS-CBN on Tuesday to stop its radio and TV operations, entertainment personalities joined a chorus of online protest against the shutdown of the country's largest media company.

Within minutes of the announcement, the hashtag #NoToABSCBNShutDown topped Twitter's list of trending topics in the Philippines as Filipinos aired their reactions to the cease and desist order.

Celebrities echoed the concern of Filipinos over the prospect of eliminating a prime source of information amid the coronavirus pandemic, and the further loss of jobs — an estimated 11,000 — during a crisis that has already cost many of their livelihood.

Others pointed out the implications of ABS-CBN's closure on freedom of the press in the country, coincidentally in the same week as World Press Freedom Day.

ABS-CBN, they said, has also formed a vital part of Philippine society and culture over the past six decades it has been in service — and shutting its broadcast operations would have a grave impact on Filipinos who have depended on it as a source not only of entertainment, but information.

Angel Locsin, actress

Kathryn Bernardo, actress

Gary Valenciano, singer

Sharon Cuneta, singer

Regine Velasquez, singer

Ria Atayde, actress

Angeli Pangilinan, talent manager

Concerned Artists of the Philippines

Karen Davila, ABS-CBN News anchor

Bianca Gonzalez, TV host

Juan Miguel Severo, actor and poet

Ai dela Cruz, MYX VJ

Gretchen Ho, TV host

Leah Navarro, singer

Joshua Garcia, actor

Bela Padilla, actress

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

We were told to stay home. Where do we go now? #IStandWithABSCBN

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Julia Barretto, actress

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Angel Aquino, actress

Vice Ganda, comedian

Janine Gutierrez, actress

Liza Soberano, actress

Maine Mendoza, actress

Kim Chiu, actress

Anne Curtis, actress

Matteo Guidicelli, actor

Jericho Rosales, actor

Coco Martin, actor

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tutal wala naman kasiguraduhan kung buhay pa ako pagkatapos ng pandemic na ito. Tama lang na masabi ko ang mga saloobin ko. Sa mga taong pilit nagsulong sa pagpapasara sa ABS-CBN, sana ay panatag na panatag na ang kalooban niyo. Sana nagdala ito ng lubos na kaligayahan sa mga puso ninyo. Mahirap magsawalang-kibo sa mga taong katulad ninyo na patuloy na nang-aabuso. Wala kayong mga konsensiya, naatim niyong pagkaitan ng hanapbuhay at pabayaang magutom ang ilang libong mga pamilya! Lalo lang lulubog sa kahirapan ang mga Pilipino! Ito ba ang serbisyo niyo sa bayan? Hindi ako mangingiming sabihin ang totoong nararandaman ko ngayon. Sa mga taong tulad niyo na hindi karapat-dapat pakitaan ng diplomasya at pagkamalumanay. Ang dapat sa inyo usapang sanggano at walang-hiyaan! Galing ako sa hirap at jologs ang pagkatao ko, kaya wala akong pakialam ngayon kung anong sasabihin ng ibang tao. Hindi man ako kasing talino ng iba, alam ko at malinaw sa akin na MALI at KAWALANG KATARUNGAN ang tanggalan ng hanapbuhay ang ilang libong empleyado ng isang kumpanyang naglilingkod sa sambayanang Pilipino ng ilang dekada! Maraming maraming salamat Solicitor General Joe Calida at sa bumubuo ng National Telecommunications Commission sa kontribusyon niyo sa ating bayan! TINATARANTADO NINYO ANG MGA PILIPINO!!!

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Robi Domingo, host
 

Dimples Romana, actress

Bela Padilla, actress

Pokwang, comedienne

Angeline Quinto, singer

Ruffa Gutierrez, actress

Erik Santos, singer

Elisse Joson, actress

Lara Quigaman, actress

Luis Manzano, host

Alex Gonzaga, actress

Maymay Entrata, actress

Zsa Zsa Padilla, singer

Vhong Navarro, actor-host

Daniel Padilla, actor

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tila isang masamang panaginip..

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Piolo Pascual, actor

Bea Alonzo, actress

Lea Salonga, singer

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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apl.de.ap, singer

Billy Crawford, singer

Martin Nievera, singer

Ogie Alcasid, singer

Toni Gonzaga, actress-host

Angelica Panganiban, actress

John Prats, actor

Morissette Amon, singer

Carlo Aquino, actor

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

In the service of the Filipino people #NoToABSCBNShutdown

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Yassi Pressman, actress

Richard Gutierrez, actor

Andi Eigenmann, actress

Pooh, comedian

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ang dami kong napatapos sa pag aaral dahil sa network ko na to... in the service of the Filipino...

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Sarah Geronimo, actress-singer

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Marco Gumabao, actor

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

No goodbyes, only see you soon πŸ™πŸ» #NoToABSCBNShutdown

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Robin Padilla, actor

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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