MANILA – Angel Locsin came to the defense of Sarah Geronimo after the singer-actress spoke up and rallied behind ABS-CBN, the network which has been a home to both of them and many others for years.
In a comment on Instagram, Locsin denied that she was taking a swipe at the "Tala" hitmaker when she criticized her fellow celebrities who have chosen to stay away from talking about politics, or have opted against any form of direct criticism, in the wake of the decision of lawmakers to shut down ABS-CBN.
“Nagsalita si Sarah. Iniisip ng tao pinaparinggan ko s'ya, pero hindi eh. I know how ‘pure’ she is,” Locsin said.
“Wala s'yang social media, alam rin natin hindi s'ya vocal sa maraming bagay bilang ang bait. Pero nagsalita siya. At nakakatuwa 'yun,” she added.
Through a separate Instagram Story, Locsin also thanked Geronimo for speaking up and expressing her support for the network, especially in this trying time.
“Thank you, Sarah G. Mahal kita,” she said.
Aside from Locsin, Mark Bautista also defended Geronimo for not being as vocal as other celebrities over what’s happening at ABS-CBN.
“SG has always been very private and not even confrontational so I would understand her -- To each his own,” he posted on Twitter.
Last July 10, 70 congressmen rejected ABS-CBN's franchise renewal application, causing massive, ill-timed layoffs in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This was followed by a plethora of posts from popular TV personalities, offering prayers and sympathies for those who lost their jobs.
During a noise barrage on Saturday, Locsin criticized the muted response of some, saying: "Sa lahat ng artistang hindi nagsasalita, ano? May career pa ba kayo? Wala na, wala na kayong network."
"Kahit magpa-cute kayo diyan sa Instagram, mag-send kayo ng mga sad face -- hindi niyo nadadamayan ang mga katrabaho niyong dahilan kung bakit kayo sumikat."
She added: "Kapag hindi tayo nagsalita, ibig sabihin kinampihan natin ang mali!"
Locsin has been very vocal of her support for ABS-CBN even when the franchise hearings were still being conducted at the House of Representatives.