'We will never laugh at the suffering of others': Edward Barber reacts to ABS-CBN franchise denial


Posted at Jul 13 2020 12:39 PM

MANILA -- Actor Edward Barber took to Instagram to share his feelings after some lawmakers decided to deny the renewal of its franchise on Friday, keeping the network's main broadcast platforms off the air and places thousands of jobs at risk.

In his post over the weekend, Barber, who started his showbiz career when he joined ABS-CBN's reality program "Pinoy Big Brother,"
noted that there are people who are happy over the misfortune of others.


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"I'm seeing a lot of people laughing and happy about what happened to ABS-CBN. And at the end of the day, if you want to smile at the pain of others, God bless you. Go ahead. But think of this. What if your mother had to come home and explain to you that she no longer had a job during a worldwide pandemic? What if your father, or sibling, or son, came home and said that he and 11,000 other people lost their jobs in the blink of an eye. 

"You're laughing because you're not affected. You're rejoicing because it's not you. You're celebrating because you might think that finally ABS-CBN has been brought to the ground. But the family that is ABS-CBN, the 11,000 of us... we will never laugh at the suffering of others. We stay as one family, regardless of what happens. We won't be silent. We will rise again. 

"And the next time something happens to you, the person laughing at us now... don't worry, we will try to help you. Because we will forever be - In the service of the Filipino," Barber wrote in the caption.