MANILA — Anne Curtis and Liza Soberano are the lastest celebrities to air their support for ABS-CBN, after the government forced the shutdown of more of the network's broadcast platforms.
Separate cease and desist orders (CDO) from the National Telecommunications Commission directed ABS-CBN to stop operating its digital TV transmission in Metro Manila using channel 43 (TVPlus), as well as Sky Cable Corp.'s SKYdirect.
On Twitter, Soberano described as "heartless" those behind the latest blows to ABS-CBN. "No words," she said.
The "Make It With You" star, 22, also pointed out that the ongoing franchise hearing of ABS-CBN at the House of Representatives comes amid the more pressing issue of the coronavirus pandemic.
"How come there's so much time being spent on bringing ABS-CBN down but little to no time figuring out ways to help our kababayans who are struggling during this pandemic, kasi naka GCQ parin tayo?" she wrote.
Curtis similarly mentioned the pandemic as she emphasized the need of Filipinos for timely information, in light of ABS-CBN's nationwide reach prior to the shutdown.
"This is taking away (yet again) people's choice of what they want to watch during a time when entertainment and information are needed," she tweeted, sharing an image of ABS-CBN's statement regarding the latest CDOs from NTC.
"And most importantly," Curtis added, "this is taking away (yet again) jobs of citizens, at a time when finding another job is impossible!"
The latest blow to the network comes only a month after ABS-CBN was ordered to halt its free-TV and radio broadcast, affecting the job security of some 11,000 employees amid a pandemic that's already impacted industries and livelihood.
In a separate tweet, Curtis then shared an infographic from ABS-CBN News listing all the online platforms Filipinos can use to access its programs.
"Sana and siguro naman, hindi pwede galawin ang online platform no? Follow and like these ABSCBN accounts," she said, using the hashtags, #LabanKapamilya #IbalikAngABCBN.