- Lungs actor Jake Cuenca defends ABS-CBN from the allegations hindering it from getting its franchise renewed
- Cuenca asks that the issue should pass through legal procedures
- The Kapamilya hunk was a talent of GMA Network, before transferring to ABS-CBN on 2006
Kapamilya actor Jake Cuenca defended ABS-CBN and asked for legal procedures to be followed when it comes to its franchise renewal.
For the past few days, the issue regarding the cancelation of the franchise of ABS-CBN has been one of the trending topics online. This was after Solicitor General Jose Calida filed a quo warranto petition before the Supreme Court seeking to terminate the giant network’s franchise.
The Solicitor General has previously claimed that the Kapamilya Network violated several policies and abused its power. ABS-CBN’s franchise, if not renewed, will expire on March 30, 2020. However, the Senate has explained that the network can still operate until the end of the 18th Congress or until such time that the House decides whether to extend their operation or revoke the franchise.
During the Sandbox Fest 2020 presscon for the re-run of 9 Works Theatrical and Sandbox Collective production Lungs held last February 11 in Quezon City, Jake was asked about his position on the possible shutdown of his mother network.
The 32-year old actor defended ABS-CBN by saying that the network has not violated any law and that the issue has to undergo the due process of law.
He said, “ABS-CBN didn’t break any law puwede ba. That’s just absurd and at the same time, di ba may proseso? So daanan naman natin yung tamang proseso. Hindi nga lang para sa artista kundi para sa lahat ng empleyado ng ABS-CBN.”
As the interview continued, he went on: “That’s 20,000 people employed by ABS-CBN and their jobs are going to be taken away from them. That’s people who have been working there for decades, sometimes 15, 20 years. Maawa naman sila. Like me, an actor, we can do movies and we can do theater. We can do a lot of things,” and added, “Pero isipin natin yung mga empleyado na binigay yung buong buhay nila sa ABS-CBN. So for me, daanin man lang natin yung proseso man lang. And that’s all I have to say about that.”
Despite the issue, the Kapamilya hunk actor chose to stand with ABS-CBN, the network who accepted him in 2006, and testified how the giant media network had helped him.
“ABS-CBN was there for me when I was nothing. First taping day ko I had 100 pesos in my pocket. Wala akong pang-gas papuntang taping and ABS-CBN has given me this life. So for me, I’m loyal with ABS-CBN,” the actor shared.
“Nung umalis ako ng GMA isang daan na lang pera ko. Wala akong pang-parking kasi sa airport kami nag-taping. So imagine mo 18 hours kami dun, wala akong pambayad ng parking. Kaya nakakalungkot yung nangyayari sa ABS-CBN kasi ang daming buhay natulungan ng ABS-CBN eh. Ang dami talaga. At saka bigla na lang? Ganun ganun na lang? Wala man lang proseso, walang kahit ano? Ano ba di ba? Alam naman ng ABS-CBN ang ginagawa nila,” the actor stated.
Before he became a mainstay of ABS-CBN, Cuenca was a product of GMA Network. He was a talent under the management of GMA Artist Center from 2003 to 2006. In those years, the actor appeared to several TV shows such as Click (2002-2003), Hanggang Kailan (2004), Encantadia (2005), and Majika (2006) which was his last TV series on GMA.
In 2006, Cuenca decided to transfer to ABS-CBN and has since been under the care of Star Magic. From then, Cuenca has given different projects where he was able to showcase his skills in acting. Cuenca is one of the most bankable “hunky” actors in the Philippine showbiz today. He has also earned accolades and awards for his acting.