The controversial airing of ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC) of Chinatown News TV (CNTV) has been called out by the public.
Recently, the Kapamilya Network received backlash after it announced that it will broadcast CNTV on its news channel. This happened despite one of their correspondents being harassed by Chinese naval forces while doing coverage in Ayungin Shoal.
And just days after the Kapamilya Network started broadcasting CNTV, Filipinos have called out the station not to air the controversial program. However, it heard the call from the masses and finally stopped airing the Chinese program.
“FYI, ANC will no longer carry Chinatown News TV.” This is what ABS-CBN journalist Mike Navallo wrote in a tweet this Friday, April 16.
FYI, ANC will no longer carry Chinatown News TV.
— Mike Navallo (@mikenavallo) April 16, 2021
iWantTFC also confirmed that CNTV will no longer air on ANC.
Hi, @jeralduy @raymundmargallo. We’d like to share an update with you that CNTV will no longer air on ANC. We truly appreciate your support for ABS-CBN and hope that you continue to share with us feedback on our programs. Stay safe, Kapamilya!
— iWantTFC (@iwanttfc) April 16, 2021
ABS-CBN News Digital Yeka To-ong also relayed the intention of ABS-CBN—it listens.
We listen. https://t.co/oNf35CJ2sN
— Yeka To-ong (@yekatoong) April 16, 2021
With the Kapamilya Network listening to what the people want, many netizens appreciated this gesture from the TV station.
ABSCBN truly knows how to listen to its viewers. https://t.co/MnzWLCQn3G
— Francis Relanes (@Iamkiko88) April 16, 2021
ABS-CBN will always be In the Service of Filipino Worldwide ❤️💚💙 https://t.co/06DD34EmQx
— Jiil Rod (@jiil_rod) April 16, 2021
Spread the good news. Thank you for your understanding. https://t.co/qRPC6YTpQ5
— JM (@jay_emfernandez) April 16, 2021
Maraming salamat sa lahat ng maiingay sa Twitter! Salamat ABS-CBN sa pakikinig sa pulso ng masa.
— Vin Marion (@MarionA56n) April 16, 2021
Because Filipinos condemned the airing of CNTV on ABS-CBN’s channel, a netizen was glad that after a day of complaining, the Network listened and stopped the broadcast.
May nagagawa talaga ang pag iingay salamat at nakikinig kayo❤️💚💙
— Paul (@lyle3609) April 16, 2021
Some netizens even appreciated ABS-CBN prioritizing Filipinos’ feelings. They even threw some shade (to the government) that the Network was better in hearing the public’s plea than the government.
Thank you for hearing us out! I hope the man in Malacanang will hear us out by stepping down, too.
— Juvy Claire Enrile (@JuvyClairEnrile) April 16, 2021
It took them less than a day to listen.
How about the man in Malacañang? https://t.co/kueki9uqrk
— Alshadan Liu ᜀᜎ᜔ᜐ᜔ᜌᜇᜈ᜔ (@SuLinLiu) April 16, 2021
A netizen even wished that Pres. Duterte would also listen to the public just like ABS-CBN did. The netizen stressed that if only Duterte listens to people’s whims, then the country would not have been in this pandemic situation.
A netizen lauded the Network for re-thinking its partnership with the Chinese news program. Also, the netizen then hoped that Duterte would also do the same for the benefit of the Filipino and the Philippines.
Public opinion forced ABSCBN to re-think its partnership with chinese propaganda outlet. Sana ol. Sana si Tatay din.
— DencePence and 2,619 Others (@DenzPenz) April 16, 2021
A netizen commended ABS-CBN for thinking it through before making any decision. The Twitter user then took a jab at the government who despite criticisms, seemed immune.
Definitely, the Network is all for empowering free speech. Now that ABS-CBN did what people wanted them to do, a netizen realized that speech really is a powerful human right.
The power of free speech. https://t.co/1uXRpJ6DEH
— Xan (@asp_xan) April 16, 2021
Truly, this decision of ABS-CBN to listen to the public is indeed “in the service of the Filipino”.