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Angelica Panganiban says ‘ABS-CBN is not the enemy’ on franchise issue

Angelica Panganiban is frustrated to see the government focus on shutting down ABS-CBN instead of dealing with the COVID-19 crisis

  • She said that shutting down the ABS-CBN is a disservice to the Filipino.
  • She highlighted the importance of having easy access to information during the pandemic

During the Facebook live streams of the Kapamilya stars on Tuesday night, Angelica Panganiban expressed her frustration seeing the government focus on shutting down ABS-CBN rather than giving more attention to COVID-19 crisis.

“Tandaan sana natin na hindi ABS-CBN ang kalaban ngayon,” she said.

She also said that the main issue of the government is to have free mass testing, to help those people in need, and to prepare the government health care system for a pandemic as she reiterated that ABS-CBN is not the enemy.

“Ang issue ay free mass testing. Ang issue ay iyong pagbibigay ng ayuda para sa mas mga nangaingailangan. Ang issue po ay ang pagiging handa ng ating healthcare system sa isang pandemiya.

“Ang issue ay kawalan ng trabaho ng milyon-milyong Pilipino. Ang issue ay kung saan kukuha ng pagkain ang bawat pamilya.”

 “Hindi po ABS-CBN ang kalaban. Virus ang kalaban. Iyan ang kailangan sugpuin, iyan ang kailangan nating sagutin.”

She highlighted the importance of having easy access to information during the pandemic. She also said that shutting down the ABS-CBN is a disservice to the Filipino.

“Sa pagpapasara nila sa ating tahanan, hindi na po nila kayo binigyan ng kalayaang mamili dahil sila na lang po ang namili ng kung ano lang ang inyong dapat panoorin. Hindi po ito tama,” she argued. 

“Hindi po ito tama sa bansa natin na may demokrasya, sa bansa natin na dapat mayroon kalayaang mamili at makapagpahayag. Hindi po tayo papayag na iilang tao na lang ang magdidikta sa atin kung ano ang dapat nating panoorin at kung ano ang dapat nating pakinggan.”

Panganiban also hopes that people would also support them the way they fight for their rights and freedom to speak.

“Ipaglalaban natin ngayon iyong inyong karapatan at kalayaan na makapagpahayag ng inyong saloobin at sana po ganoon din po kayo sa amin.”

On her Twitter account, she said that the government seemed to be diverting the attention of the Filipinos to the sudden shutdown of ABS-CBN that was ordered by the NTC. This is to cover up their shortcoming in conducting mass testing.

She also pleaded with the government to prioritize the Filipinos rather than dealing with POGOs to resume its operation during a health crisis.



On Wednesday, House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano said that the ABS-CBN Corp may be back on air by the first week of June by granting the network a temporary broadcast franchise until October.

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