While a lot of Kapamilya and even Kapuso stars have already expressed their support for the franchise renewal of ABS-CBN Network, there are still some Kapamilya premier artists who have remained mum on the issue.
A netizen with Twitter handle @AltABSCBN has called out Kathryn Bernardo, Daniel Padilla, Liza Soberano, Enrique Gil, James Reid, Nadine Lustre, Maymay Entrata, Edward Barber, and Sarah Geronimo for their silence about the network’s franchise woes.
“Day 3 of the Renewal Saga. Wala pa ring silbi ang KathNiel, LizQuen, JaDine, Sarah G at starlets MayWard,” AltABSCBN wrote.
Day 3 of the Renewal Saga
Wala pa ring silbi ang KathNiel, LizQuen, JaDine, Sarah G at starlets MayWard.
I don’t follow them so please feel free to respond if may ambag na sila.
— AltABSCBN (@AltABSCBN) February 12, 2020
For his part, actor Robin Padilla, who is a known supporter of President Rodrigo Duterte, posted on his Instagram account a photo of the Lady Justice statue with a quote, “No man is above the law and no man is below it”
A part of his image caption said: “Mayaman o mahirap. May kapangyarihan o wala. Sikat man o hindi. Ang lahat dapat ay pantay pantay sa harap ng batas dahil ang hustisya ay walang tinitingnan o tinititigan. Ang MALI ay MALI. At ang TAMA ay TAMA. Walang maybe o exempted. Ang lahat ay mananagot kapag lumabag sa batas.”
How about the Gonzaga sisters Alex and Toni?
Gonzaga sisters, Mariel Padilla has been really quiet…..sa Abs-Cbn kayo lahat nabuhay. With the sisters still having several shows and getting paid at present. U might want to stand up for the company? pic.twitter.com/H4ImmtrLEE
— Marky (@MarkyFul) February 10, 2020
Says the Duterte enabler. Took you long to speak up. Ano sabi ng mga DDS friends mo na sina Robin Padilla, Mariel Rodriguez, Gonzaga Sisters, and many many more sa pag-cancel ng franchise ng ABS-CBN?#DefendPressFreedom https://t.co/ATYV6GSQgU
— Josh #OustDuterte (@brndnbtch) February 11, 2020
come to think if it, pag nawala ang abs-cbn edi wala na ding career ang gonzaga sisters chour
— Kae (@ifyouseekkae) February 10, 2020
— J R aka Dayunior (@datumx11) January 19, 2020
This garnered conclusions from the netizens that he was talking about the issue on the ABS-CBN franchise.
A lot of netizens reacted, but the actor has immediately turned off the comment option.
He took down his post later on. However, some netizens were able to screenshot his statement.
The actor’s wife, Mariel Rodriguez, on the other hand, has still not aired her views regarding the franchise issue.
Robin has done several projects with ABS-CBN, while his wife Mariel is still under the management of the network.
Just like these Kapamilya celebrities, ABS-CBN broadcasters Noli de Castro, Ted Failon, Gerry Baja, Anthony Taberna, and Julius Babao have also remained silent over the network’s franchise renewal.
This was unlike how Kapamilya artists such as Vice Ganda, Regine Velasquez, Coco Martin, Angel Locsin, Bea Alonzo, Piolo Pascual, Vhong Navarro, Jodi Sta. Maria, Kim Chiu, and many more showed that they are in unison with the network on this matter.
Some Kapuso celebrities like Dingdong Dantes, Jasmine Curtis-Smith, and Eugene Domingo have also expressed their support for the Kapamilya network.
Several GMA News anchors and a reporter have also backed their fellow journalists in ABS-CBN, which is facing possible closure due to its franchise renewal problem.
On Monday, Solicitor General Jose Calida filed a quo warranto petition before the Supreme Court (SC) to forfeit the legislative franchise of ABS-CBN.
In his petition, Calida argued that the network violated the terms of its franchise.
But ABS-CBN denied this, saying everything they do “is in accordance with the law.”
“We did not violate the law. This case appears to be an attempt to deprive Filipinos of the services of ABS-CBN,” the Lopez-led network said.
The SC required ABS-CBN to file its comments on the petition 10 days from receipt of the notice, which is not extendable.
Bills calling for the ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal have remained pending at the Congress.
The network’s franchise will expire on March 30.