MANILA — Comedy superstar Vice Ganda on Friday addressed lawmakers who denied ABS-CBN a fresh broadcast franchise, amid the resulting layoffs that have compounded an existing labor crisis due to the coronavirus pandemic.
"Sa pagpapasara ng ABS-CBN mawawalan ng malaking pagkakakitaan ang mga Lopez," he wrote on Twitter, referring to the family who founded the network. "Pero sigurado akong di sila maghihirap. Napakayaman na nila para maghirap.
"Ang totoong magdudusa dito ay ang mga pangkarinawang manggagawa na nawalan ng trabaho. Sila ang maghihirap."
ABS-CBN started this week its retrenchment process affecting thousands of workers and entire divisions, after administration allies in Congress voted, 70-11, to kill the franchise application of the network, shuttering it for good.
"Kaya kung inaakala nyong nagtagumpay kayo nagkakamali kayo," Vice Ganda said. "Mali ang natarget nyo. Mali ang pinatay ninyo. At lahat yan ay mumultuhin at gagambalain kayo. Alam niyo kung sino kayo."
The "It's Showtime" host, who has been a Kapamilya since 2009, earlier said ABS-CBN is also a loss to Filipino culture, in light of its legacy of public service, news, and entertainment for more than 65 years.
"Buhay natin 'to," Vice Ganda said last Friday, moments after the House panel vote. "Buhay ko, buhay niyo, buhay ng audience, buhay ng madlang people, buhay ng mga Kapamilya, buhay nating mga Pilipino. Buhay natin ito."
"Ang ABS-CBN, ang serbisyong ibinigay niya ay naging malaking bahagi ng araw-araw na buhay ng mga Pilipino. Napakalaking bahagi."