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The “soul” of ABS-CBN: Atty. Jake Almenda-Lopez receives praise from ABS-CBN staff, supporters

Atty. Augusto Almeda-Lopez is not blood-related to the Lopez Family, but he stood as the general manager of the ABS-CBN Network in 1966 until the Network’s shutdown in 1972 and the Marcos Administration declared Martial Law.

On June 17, at a congressional hearing for the franchise renewal of ABS-CBN, 91-year-old former ABS-CBN General Manager Atty. Augusto “Jake” Almeda- Lopez appealed to congress regarding the network’s contributions and value to the society.

The appeal of Atty. Almeda-Lopez, which reflects his undying loyalty towards ABS-CBN, garnered praises on social media by the network’s staff and supporters.

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The former executive gave points as to how valuable the network is to society by stating that ABS-CBN is not only the Lopez family but the network also stands along with its 11,000 workers, 600 artists, and its charitable institutions.

He also emphasized the network’s impact by stating that Congress would cut the Filipinos ‘half of the potential entertainment and news’ stating also that ABS-CBN is one of the two major broadcasters in the country.

Almeda-Lopez also stood for the legality of the Lopez Family’s reacquisition of ABS-CBN via an agreement with the Post-EDSA government of the former president, Corazon Aquino.

As per the lawmakers’ claims, they contended that the Lopez Family did not follow the proper process when they reacquired the company hence, they oppose the granting of a new franchise for the ABS-CBN Network.

Supporters of ABS-CBN’s appeal to a new franchise says that this issue has already been resolved.

Atty. Augusto Almeda-Lopez is not related to the Lopez Family, but he stood as the general manager of the ABS-CBN Network in 1966 until the Network’s shutdown in 1972 and the Marcos Administration declared Martial Law.

He had a view of how Eugenio Lopez built the network into becoming the country’s biggest broadcast company.

He was then called the ‘soul’ of ABS-CBN by Eugenio Lopez because Almeda-Lopez offered his deepest loyalty not only towards him as his boss but towards the network’s employees.


Meanwhile, netizens criticized Rep. Rodante Marcoleta and Cong. Jesus Remulla for interrupting and cutting off Atty. Almeda-Lopez. They were called “disrespectful” for doing such.

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