MANILA – A group of cinematographers in the Philippines decried the denial of ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal which left the network unable to operate its main broadcast platforms.
In an official statement, cinematographer Neil Daza, who shot "Ulan" and "Alone/Together," among many others, shared the official statement of Lupon ng Pilipinong Sinematorapo (LPS), saying it stands in solidarity with the thousands of ABS-CBN workers.
The LPS said these employees “have not only been stripped of their livelihood but also of their right to express their opinions, share news and produce entertainment.”
“It is an attack on our freedom to report images of truth that inform the Filipino, to give them an unbiased telling of news and current affairs. It is an attack on our freedom to craft images that entertain the Filipino, to make them laugh, cry, and fall in love,” the statement said.
“It is an attack on our freedom to choose to be in the service of the Filipino,” LPS added.
Despite this, LPS believes that the fight goes on and “we shall not be denied our individual ability to express ourselves through our words, through our images, and through our vote.”