‘Proud of you’: Luis lauds mom Vilma for voting in favor of ABS-CBN’s franchise


Posted at Jul 11 2020 07:37 PM | Updated as of Jul 11 2020 07:45 PM

Luis Manzano says he is immensely proud of his mom, Vilma Santos, for voting in favor of ABS-CBN's franchise renewal application. ABS-CBN

MANILA -- His message may have been simple, but Luis Manzano surely knows that what his mother did was anything but. 

This Friday, Manzano's mom, Batangas 6th District Rep. Vilma Santos, voted in favor of ABS-CBN's franchise renewal, one of 11 lawmakers who did so. 

This was against what the majority in the lower house insisted, with the vote ending 70-11, so perhaps that's why Manzano, whose stand is also that ABS-CBN, his home network, deserves a franchise, felt immense pride. 

According to Santos, a screen icon whose filmography includes ABS-CBN Films productions, she was baffled by how lopsided the result was.

The verdict ensures that the network's main broadcast platforms stay off the air and places thousands of jobs at risk. 

It also comes amid concerns about media freedom under the current administration.