After the National Telecommunications Commission’s (NTC) cease-and-desist order against ABS-CBN, celebrities and employees are petitioning to bring back the network as the threat of losing their jobs looms larger.
The network claims that they lose millions per day since the May 5 shutdown. The network is still paying its employees despite the shutdown, however, some employees were already told that their service will be soon terminated.
In a tweet by ABS-CBN news via Tarra Quismundo, ABS-CBN News head Ging Reyes said that “ABS-CBN loses P35 million daily with its broadcast services off the air.”
The network also said that the shutdown is causing “severe financial hemorrhage” and if the Supreme Court (SC) doesn’t reverse it, the network will be forced to lose its employees.
The petition of the network is supported not only by its employees and celebrities but also by local citizens. These citizens expressed their sympathy through different online platforms and encouraged others to sign the petition too.
Isang pakisuyo sa mga Little Ponies ko at mga Madlang People na kaisa namin sa hangad naming makapagserbisyo .
Please sign the petition. Salamat po! https://t.co/fQKAWrDqZP
— jose marie viceral (@vicegandako) May 23, 2020
— Ruffa Gutierrez (@iloveruffag) May 22, 2020
— Jesselee Tintiangko (@JTintiangko) May 22, 2020
Sama-sama at tulong tulong tayo madlang people. Sign the petition! maraming salamat po.https://t.co/ypJoVuJemM
— ion perez (@pereziion27_) May 23, 2020
Your voice has the right to be heard! Don't live in fear anymore. We have to fight the trolls and troublemakers. We have to fight for our freedom. We have to tell the politicians that they are public servants and it's the public, not certain individuals, that they should serve.
— Theodore Boborol (@TheodoreBoborol) May 22, 2020
Sign the petition!https://t.co/bMbMZjULnB
— Agot Isidro (@agot_isidro) May 22, 2020
— Mae Cruz Alviar (@queenbeemae) May 22, 2020
— Adolfo B. Alix, Jr. (@aalixjr) May 22, 2020
— DUMBO SHOWTIME (@DUMBOLICIOUS) May 22, 2020
— marietta subong (@pokwang27) May 22, 2020
— Jervis Manahan (@JervisManahan) May 22, 2020
— Maru Benitez (@marubenitez8) May 22, 2020
— art lopez (@iamart_lopez) May 22, 2020
— Karen Davila (@iamkarendavila) May 22, 2020
Magandang araw po! Humihingi po ako ng tulong 🙏🏻 Sa mga Fan Groups po sana ay makiisa po sa sign ng online petition para maibalik po ang aming pangalawang tahanan ❤️💙💚 https://t.co/TGQGY9c7nO
— DJ Jhaiho (@mor1019jhaiho) May 23, 2020
The ABS-CBN launched the online petition campaign entitled “Ibalik and ABS-CBN” which is addressed to the members of the House of Representatives.
“We, the employees of ABS-CBN, call for the immediate discussion and passing of the renewal of the ABS-CBN Franchise,” the petition said.
“We want ABS-CBN to continue its operations, not only because it serves as our main source of livelihood, but because for most of us, the company’s happy working environment and the management’s fair practices have encouraged us to continue to be in the service of the Filipino.” the petition added.
As of today, the online petition was already signed by more than 1 million people.