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Kapamilya journalists Bernadette Sembrano, Jacque Manabat, Inday Varona support petition for ABS-CBN franchise renewal

Kapamilya journalists Bernadette Sembrano, Jacque Manabat, and Inday Varona showed their support for a signature campaign aiming for ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal

  • The petition for 1M Signatures was launched by the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP)
  • ABS-CBN’s franchise is set to expire in March 2020

Kapamilya journalists Bernadette Sembrano, Jacque Manabat, and Inday Varona showed their support for the Petition of 1M Signatures for ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal through social media.

The signature campaign was launched by the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) aimed at calling Congress to renew ABS-CBN’s franchise.

In their Black Friday protest held January 17 at the Boy Scout Monument in Quezon City, NUJP said, “We call on Congress to do what is right and immediately pass the bill to renew ABS-CBN’s franchise.”

ABS-CBN’s franchise is set to expire in March 2020. Without its renewal, the jobs of its more than ten thousand employees are at stake.

Manabat and Sembrano supported the campaign by sharing it on their Twitter account and urging their followers to sign the petition.

https://twitter.com/jacquemanabat/status/1218473781263384576?s=19

Meanwhile, Varona believed that “the best way to protect, improve democracy is to support a free press.”

She also regarded ABS-CBN as the “perfect” institution which “has covered the most important issues over the decades.”

 

As of this writing, the campaign has amassed over 120,000 signatures supporting ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal.

Amidst the overwhelming support coming from the network’s stalwart fans, many netizens also expressed their opposition to ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal.

Along with Sembrano, Manabat, and Varona’s posts, netizens voiced out their reasons for favoring ABS-CBN’s shutdown.

https://twitter.com/130564Rock/status/1219093256941662208?s=19



Aside from NUJP, other media organizations also support ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal like AlterMidya, College Editors Guild of the Philippines, National Alliance of Broadcast Union, and the House of Representatives’ Makabayan bloc. There are also 9 bills currently filed in Congress asking to renew ABS-CBN’s franchise.

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