Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo expressed her deepest gratitude to her colleagues in the industry for supporting ABS-CBN as it faces challenges in renewing its network franchise.
“Love unites. Maraming Salamat mga kapamilya, kapatid, kapuso at kasamahan sa industriya, sa suporta’t pakikipag-kaisa sa minamahal naming bahay..”
Working for ABS-CBN since 1992 with more than 20 films and over 15 TV series, Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo hopes that the government can consider renewing ABS-CBN’s franchise for another 25 years, not just for them as celebrities but also for the 11,000 employees of the network.
“I’m all for the employees of ABS, sana mabigyan sila ng chance. Kasi ‘yung iba diyan kakapanganak pa lang, nagpapaayos ng bahay or nagbubuo pa lang ng pamilya. Lahat naman tayo nangangailangan ng trabaho, sa akin sana mapagusapan at mabigyan ng pagkakataon pa. ABS has been here for such a long time already, it’s part of the industry.”
Magkaiba man ng bakod, we are one in the media industry. We have one love for the many talents and crafts under this Network, the products and output of which, directly or indirectly, benefit the lives of millions of Filipinos.
— Dingdong Dantes (@dingdongdantes) February 11, 2020
I second this, Big Boss ❤ https://t.co/on72OGvIuk
— Jasmine (@jascurtissmith) February 11, 2020
In addition to that, hundreds of people rallied wearing red shirts and holding placards with statements such as “No To ABS-CBN Shutdown,” “Save ABS-CBN Workers,” and “Defend Press Freedom” last Valentine’s Day to show support for ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal. This group of supporters consisting of journalists, civic leaders, and artists gathered on Esguerra Street, Quezon City aiming to show love not for the giant network but also for the freedom of speech and democracy.
Photojournalist’s Center of the Philippines Chairman Fernando Sepe Jr said: “We thought that since it’s Valentine’s Day, we’ll make it red instead of black. We showed love not just for ABS-CBN but our love for the freedom of speech, our love for democracy.”