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LOOK: At noise protest, ABS-CBN supporters refuse to go quietly into the night

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Posted at Jul 19 2020 01:26 AM | Updated as of Jul 21 2020 04:47 PM

ABS-CBN supporters trooped to the company headquarters in Quezon City Saturday to get behind the beleaguered broadcaster for a candle-lighting and noise barrage protest in the wake of a congressional committee's decision to shut down the network. 

Coming from several parts of Metro Manila, the caravan was highlighted by two convoys that took off from Makati and Manila to en route to Quezon City to meet up with other employees and supporters. 

Carrying placards and flying company colors, the crowd called for the resumption of the network’s operations, arguing that the House’s refusal to grant ABS-CBN a franchise is an attack on press freedom and ill-timed as the country deals with the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The noise barrage and candle lighting was attended by employees, members of multi-sectoral groups, and celebrities.

Here are some scenes from the event.

ABS-CBN supporters gathered in Makati head to the network’s headquarters in Quezon City on Saturday. Jire Carreon, ABS-CBN News

ABS-CBN supporters join a noise barrage in a motorcade in Makati City. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

ABS-CBN supporters join a noise barrage in a motorcade in Makati City. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Supporters wave signs as they head to Quezon City from Manila. Jire Carreon, ABS-CBN News

ABS-CBN supporters join a noise barrage in a motorcade in Makati City. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

ABS-CBN Corp. President and CEO Carlo Katigbak joins the noise barrage and motorcade. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Members of Bayan Muna show their support as the convoy passes through Araneta Avenue in Quezon City. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

ABS-CBN supporters light candles as they get behind the network at Baclaran Church on Saturday. Elmarc Lim, ABS-CBN News

ABS-CBN supporters light candles as they get behind the network at Baclaran Church on Saturday. Elmarc Lim, ABS-CBN News

Media workers light candles in front of their regional station in Cagayan de Oro on Saturday, a gesture of support to ABS-CBN. Froilan Gallardo, ABS-CBN News

The convoy passes through E. Rodriguez Ave. in Quezon City. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

ABS-CBN employees and supporters pass through Tomas Morato in Quezon city to take part in a noise barrage in front of the network’s headquarters. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Sisters from Saint Scholastica’s College join the caravan as they pass through Sgt. Esguerra Avenue. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

The convoy continues to make noise around the ABS-CBN compound. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

The convoy continues to make noise around the ABS-CBN compound. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Supporters wave their banners, as they get behind ABS-CBN and gear up for a candle lighting and noise barrage event around the network compound in Quezon City. Basilio H. Sepe, ABS-CBN News

ABS-CBN supporters gather in front of the network's headquarters in Quezon City as they gear up for a noise barrage in protest of the House's decision to deny the network a franchise. Jire Carreon, ABS-CBN News

ABS-CBN supporters wave the company’s colors before the noise barrage. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Supporters drive around the ABS-CBN compound waving the company’s colors and banners. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Supporters drive around the ABS-CBN compound waving the company’s colors and banners. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

ABS-CBN supporters gather in front of the network's headquarters in Quezon City on Saturday as they gear up for a noise barrage in protest of the House's decision to deny the network a franchise. Michael Bagtas, ABS-CBN News

Angel Locsin and Neil Arce join the convoy around the network’s headquarters. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News

ABS-CBN supporters gather in front of the network's headquarters in Quezon City. Angie de Silva, ABS-CBN News

A supporter waves a sign as the convoy goes around the ABS-CBN headquarters. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

The denial of ABS-CBN’s franchise means thousands of its workers will have to be retrenched. Vincent Go, ABS-CBN News

Nuns join the noise barrage and call for the return of ABS-CBN. Angie de Silva, ABS-CBN News

Supporters converge en masse at the network’s compound and protest the Houses’s denial of a franchise to ABS-CBN. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Supporters wave their banners during the noise barrage. Larry Monserate Piojo, ABS-CBN News

Supporters wave their banners during the noise barrage. Larry Monserate Piojo, ABS-CBN News

A supporter flies the company’s colors as the convoy passes by the ABS-CBN transmission tower in Quezon City on Saturday. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

The denial of ABS-CBN’s franchise means thousands of its workers will have to be retrenched. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Supporters wave their banners during the noise barrage. Jire Carreon, ABS-CBN News

A supporter calls to defend press freedom amid the network’s closure. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Employees, supporters and press freedom advocates protest against the shutdown of ABS-CBN during a rally in front of the broadcast network's headquarters in Quezon City. Basilio H. Sepe, ABS-CBN News

Angel Locsin speaks before employees and supporters. Vincent Go, ABS-CBN News

Alex Gonzaga participates in the protest. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

ABS-CBN supporters light candles to protest the House's decision to deny the network a franchise. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

ABS-CBN cameramen join the noise barrage. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

ABS-CBN supporters gather in front of the network's headquarters in Quezon City on Saturday to protest the House's decision to deny the network a franchise. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Calls to defend press freedom are heard throughout the protest. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News