Tearful reaction by lawmaker, ex journalist Sol Aragones over ABS-CBN shutdown

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Posted at May 05 2020 09:17 PM | Updated as of May 06 2020 01:03 AM

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MANILA--A lawmaker who used to be a broadcast journalist at ABS-CBN Corp. on Tuesday couldn't hide her frustration over the National Telecommunications Commission's decision for the broadcast giant "to “cease and desist” its operations.

Rep. Sol Aragones (3rd district, Laguna) aired her displeasure over the development, questioning the NTC's directive despite its previous commitment to issue a provisional authority for the company to continue running after its franchise expired on May 4.

"Mauunawaan ng tao bakit ganito ang pakiramdam ko. 'Yung ABS-CBN ang bumuhay sa akin at sa pamilya ko sa loob nang 13 years. Hindi ko naman siguro maabot 'yung naabot ko ngayon, kung hindi dahil sa ABS," Aragones said.

She said that ABS-CBN's fight to freely operate its TV and radio stations is for her former colleagues and the broadcast firm's 11,000 workers, who are depending on their work to survive amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Makakasama rin ba sila sa mga taong nahihirapan kasi baka bukas wala na silang hanapbuhay? Napakasakit ng pangyayaring ito. Ang ABS hindi tayo iniwan sa panahon ng laban, sa hirap at sa tagumpay," she said.

"Ngayon pa ba na nahaharap 'yung bansa sa pinakamahirap na yugto ng buhay natin, ay isasama pa ba itong mga empleyadong ito, dagdag sa mga naghihirap?"

Aragones is a multi-awarded journalist, before she left the industry in 2012 and ran for public office in 2013.