MANILA — Actress Liza Soberano, one of the prime stars of ABS-CBN, appealed to lawmakers Friday to "open your hearts" amid the forced shutdown of its broadcast operations that has affected the livelihood of thousands of employees.
In a series of tweets, Soberano also spoke of being a fan of the ABS-CBN before becoming one of its most visible personalities.
"I received what was probably one of the most heartbreaking text messages from one of our leaders in ABS-CBN," Soberano wrote.
"The little fan girl in me is probably crying so hard right now. I grew up watching the Kapamilya channel and almost all of their telseryes."
Soberano, 22, has been a Kapamilya since 2011. Her big break was in 2014, when she was cast as the lead star of the hit series "Forevermore" opposite Enrique Gil.
"I will forever be grateful towards this company, who has instilled values in me through their programs and gave me the opportunity to inspire those who watch and support my projects," she said.
Soberano, whose onscreen tandem with real-life partner Gil has one of the most vocal fanbases online, urged her followers to continue supporting ABS-CBN.
"If it's not too much to ask, and if ABS-CBN has ever positively impacted you in one way or another, I humbly ask that you please pray for the company and all of its employees," she said.
Addressing congressmen whose votes will determine whether ABS-CBN's franchise will be renewed, Soberano wrote: "Please, open up your hearts and hear our voices. ABS-CBN has always and will always be in service of the Filipino people."
Early this week, the government ordered shut two more ABS-CBN broadcast platforms — TVPlus and SKYdirect — only a month after the network was forced to cease its free-TV and radio operations amid a pandemic that's already impacted industries and livelihood.
Soberano has been one of the most vocal supporters of ABS-CBN amid its franchise woes. As early as January, Soberano was among the first high-profile celebrities to make a public appeal to President Rodrigo Duterte, in light of his past pronouncements against ABS-CBN.