After the filing of a gag order by the Office of the Solicitor General, which seeks to prohibit ABS-CBN and its representatives from making statements about the OSG’s Quo Warranto petition, Star Magic Artists took a stronger stance against the challenges facing ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal.
Star Magic, the talent management arm of ABS-CBN, joined the fight against the Quo Warranto by releasing portraits of several artists wearing ribbons with the iconic colors of the ABS-CBN logo — red, green, and blue.
Posting on their different social media platforms, artists Angelica Panganiban, Joshua Garcia, Jolina Magdangal, Jericho Rosales, Nyoy Volante, Janella Salvador, Jameson Blake, Seth Fedelin, Luke Conde and more Star Magic artists joined the campaign, #StarMagicStandswithABSCBN.
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Agot Isidro also showed opposition to the gag order petition.
Good morning, Pilipinas!
Sa mga kinauukulan, i-GAG nyo mukha nyo. 🤗🤗🤗 pic.twitter.com/l06WBRPCbC
— Agot Isidro (@agot_isidro) February 19, 2020
Also, Broadcast Journalist Karen Davila made a statement on the issued gag order,
Now a GAG ORDER? Asking a media company not to say anything on media…to the media? Mabuhay ang malayang pamamahayag 🇵🇭 pic.twitter.com/ig32bnPySy
— Karen Davila (@iamkarendavila) February 18, 2020
A global watchdog on Tuesday slammed the gag order petition from the Solicitor General’s Office against ABS-CBN, claiming it’s “absurd on specious grounds.”
According to Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director of the New York-based Human Rights Watch, the issuance of a gag order is like “a clear case of adding insult to injury,”
“First, the government petitions to end the ABS-CBN franchise and now it is proposing to silence all critics with an absurd gag order on specious grounds,” he said in a statement.
“Why is President [Rodrigo] Duterte and the Philippines government so scared of independent opinions and a free press?”
In response to Calida’s “very urgent” motion to stop the network from making comments on the merits of the case, the Supreme Court just gave ABS-CBN and its affiliates 5 days to comment on the petition.
Ang dami ng nailabas na propaganda ng ABSCBN na nagpapaawa pero ang sagutin ang korte hindi magawa gawa. Stop the drama answer the allegations. https://t.co/BKkPjPQebe
— Mocha Uson Blog (@MochaUson) February 18, 2020