MANILA -- Veteran journalist Ces Oreña-Drilon took to social media to confirm that she was among the ABS-CBN employees who were let go following the non-renewal of the Kapamilya network's franchise.
The former "Bandila" anchor expressed her sadness in a Twitter post on Thursday, saying: "This was one of the toughest days I had to face. Telling fellow Kapamilyas that they would lose their jobs by end of August."
"I lost mine, too."
In another post, she wrote: "Babangon din ang mga Kapamilya. This may be our darkest hour. But don't lose hope."
Netizens, including several ABS-CBN journalists and employees, commented on the Twitter post as they showed their support for Drilon.
"Sorry to hear this, Ma'am. You will always be an inspiration for us to keep fighting," said reporter Mike Navallo, while his colleagues Jeff Canoy and Zen Hernandez posted broken heart emojis.
Karen Davila also said she is heartbroken over the news about her fellow "Bandila" anchor.
"This is heartbreaking. It's been an honor to be alongside you in 'Bandila.' You are an ABS-CBN news icon and inspiration. I am preparing my heart as well for the worst and will stand by ABS-CBN 'til the end," she said in a tweet.
Drilon's most recent role in ABS-CBN was heading the company's lifestyle ecosystem. She also served as the executive editor of the ANC-X website.
ABS-CBN announced on Wednesday that it would cease the operations of some of its businesses and lay off workers effective August 31, 2020 after the House committee on legislative franchises denied the media and entertainment company a new 25-year franchise.
In a statement, the network said retrenching workers was the "only way to ensure the continued employment" of the rest of its employees.
ABS-CBN did not give a figure on how many would be laid off, but the company assured that it would be "paying out separation and retirement benefits and providing job placement programs."
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