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ABS-CBN employees react to Sen. Bato Dela Rosa’s ‘heartless’ statement

“Hanap ng ibang trabaho para mabuhay at magsumikap. May ibang paraan pa naman siguro para mabuhay tayo,” Bato said.

Ex-PNP chief and now Senator Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa’s message to workers of ABS-CBN who are bound to lose their jobs if the network’s franchise is not renewed has drawn reactions from the network’s artists and employees.

Impersonator KaladKaren told the senator to do the same.

“Mr. Senator, bagay din po sa inyo itong statement niyo. May iba pa pong trabaho. Hanap na lang po kayo ng iba.” she said.

[Mr. Senator, the statement also fits you. There are still other jobs, go find one.]

Filmmaker Antoinette Jadaone then replied and agreed to this tweet of KaladKaren.

Songwriter and producer Rox Santos also labeled the Senator as “Pusong Bato” because of his heartless statement to employees.

Showtime artist Ion Perez shared the statement on his Twitter account and captioned an “angry” emoticon.

On Thursday, the Senator advised the network’s employees to find other jobs in case the media giant will not be granted a new franchise.

“Hanap ng ibang trabaho para mabuhay at magsumikap. May ibang paraan pa naman siguro para mabuhay tayo,” Bato said.

[Seek for another job to survive and strive hard. Perhaps, there are other ways for us to survive]

“Alangan namang sabihin ko sa kanila na maghimagsik kayo? Hindi naman puwede ‘yun,” he added.

[It’s not like I can tell them to resist? We can’t do that]

Considering the pandemic, Dela Rosa admitted that it is hard to find a new job. But he stated that many people also struggle, not only ABS-CBN employees.

“Mahirap talaga, kahit hindi ABS-CBN. Lahat apektado hindi lang ABS-CBN employees,” Dela Rosa said.

[It is hard not just for ABS-CBN. All are affected, not only ABS-CBN employees.]



The ABS-CBN media conglomerate currently employs 11,071 regular and non-regular workers. Amidst the shutdown, the company continues to compensate its employees. However, they might be forced to let go of some if the shutdown continues.

Written by Neil

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