ABS-CBN executive Laurenti Dyogi expressed gratitude to TV5 for showing their support for the Kapamilya network.
In a tweet, Dyogi thanked TV5 for expressing solidary with ABS-CBN through their valentine’s day greeting.
“It feels good to be unified! Salamat kapatid sa araw ng magkaKAPUSO,” Dyogi tweeted.
It feels good to be unified!Salamat kapatid sa araw ng magkaKAPUSO!
— Direk Lauren (@direklauren) February 14, 2020
Meanwhile, the head od Dreamscape Entertainment also shared TV5’s art card and said, “Salamat, mga Kapatid! 🙏❤️”
TV5 on their News5’s Facebook page shared a photo containing hearts with one resembling the ABS-CBN colors.
“Ngayong araw, lahat tayo, magkakapuso. Happy Valentine’s Day, Kapatid! #ValentinesDay2020,” wrote TV5
Several netizens and ABS-CBN employees have also thanked and praised TV5’s gesture.
That's good.we are one.we need unity in times of troubles.we are Filipino sa pusot diwa.kaya https://t.co/YKbHIlvlfL ABS CBN
Magkacompete man sa ratings, pero para sa industriya nagkakaisa ❤
— gimme the tea (@tweetingmytea) February 14, 2020
:: Salamat. Isang industriya,kapatid, kapuso, kapamilya. Ka-Isa ❤
Meanwhile, it’s not only TV5 that has shown solidarity with ABS-CBN.
Kapamilya network’s archrival GMA Network has also thrown their support for the embattled ABS-CBN.
On 24 Oras’ Tuesday newscast, Kapuso broadcasters Pia Archangel, Vicky Morales and Atom Araullo wore the ABS-CBN colors.
Pia was in red, Vicky in green and Atom in blue which subtly spoke of their support for their embattled colleagues in the media industry.
The photo of the three has made the rounds on social media with netizens praising the Kapuso anchors for crossing network barriers to show their support for media freedom.
Silent protest. I admire this. It’s not about rivalry anymore. This is about our freedom.
— Chat Garcia (@83chat) February 11, 2020
One way to get more viewers is to show oneness with the rival network. Rivals can also be friends.
— aym jung (@AymJung) February 11, 2020
ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal bills are still pending at the House Committee on Legislative Franchises.
In his latest pronouncement, House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano said the Congress is still busy with other matters thus they cannot find time to schedule deliberations on ABS-CBN franchise renewal.
Cayetano also said the renewal is not urgent (even though ABS-CBN’s franchise is set to expire on March 30, 2020) since they can continue to operate until the end of the 18th Congress in 2022.
“Hindi [ito] ganoon ka-urgent. Bakit? Kasi hanggang March 2022, pwedeng mag-operate,” said Cayetano
“There’s a consensus that while we’re discussing the issue, walang reason na isara [ang ABS-CBN],” he added.