A radio listener of Noli De Castro advised him not to leave ABS-CBN even with the shutdown. To this, the newscaster replied. “Hindi po. Ako po ang tunay na Kapamilya Forever. Nagsimula ako dito nang magsimula ang ABS-CBN after ng martial law.”
He then threw shade at the government’s decision for shutting down ABS-CBN.
“O, martial law na naman, nandito pa ako,” Noli said.
“Ay, hindi pala. Ipinasara na kami. Nandito pa kami, another martial law.” he added.
ABS-CBN was last closed because of martial law during Marcos’ regime.
After about 30 years, it was again closed after Congress voted against its franchise renewal in July.
This decision of Congress was believed to be influenced by the power of President Rodrigo Duterte. Since last year, Duterte has been expressing his grudge against the media network and assured ABS-CBN that it will be out soon.
Duterte’s threat turned to reality because of Congress’ decision.
Noli also took a jab at former Kapamilya stars who shifted to another network due to the shutdown.
“Hay naku! Totoo ang sinasabi ko, kaya Kapamilya forever.
“Yung iba, e, nagsasabi, hindi naman pala forever. Wala naman forever kasi,” he said.
With the closure of the network, retrenched employees were left with no choice but to shift to another network.
Meanwhile, Ted Failon who worked with Noli for many years on TV Patrol, bid farewell to ABS-CBN last August even though he was not retrenched.