MANILA - Actress Kim Chiu has opened up about her shock at the decision of lawmakers to vote against the renewal of ABS-CBN's franchise.
On Instagram, Chiu, who has been clear about her stand that the network deserves a franchise -- even enduring intense bashing because of it-- wrote that her heart breaks for her "Kapamilyas."
"To those 70 members of the Congress, we hoped that you decided based on conscience, not pride; based on facts, not ego; based on truth, honesty, and service, not vengeance," she said.
"To the 11 members of the Congress, THANK YOU for being BRAVE. Thank you for giving us HOPE," she added, referring to the lawmakers who voted for ABS-CBN's franchise.
The Kapamilya star accompanied her post with a short, silent clip showing rain and the ABS-CBN tower in Quezon City.
In her note, Chiu praised the ABS-CBN heads, including CEO Carlo Katigbak, for answering all the allegations hurled at the network during the lengthy televised House hearings.
She also criticized the alleged "bullying" that transpired, and said it was evident that ABS-CBN did not commit any violation.
"Our ABS-CBN leaders did everything they can-- proved them wrong, showed everything, gave EVERYTHING to protect its people."
"...In the middle of this pandemic, pagpapasara ng ABS-CBN and pagpapatupad ng anti-terror bill ang nangyayari. What is happening to our country?" she concluded.
Chiu joined a chorus of celebrities who have gone to social media to condemn the House committee decision blocking ABS-CBN's franchise application amid concerns about media freedom under President Rodrigo Duterte, who critics have scored for authoritarian policies.