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Kapuso journalists react to ABS-CBN franchise denial; sympathize with colleagues

As others claim that it is an oppression of press freedom, Kapuso journalists expressed their commiseration with their colleagues from ABS-CBN.

Kapuso journalists Kara David, Raffy Tima, JP Soriano, and Mariz Umali expressed their support for colleagues from ABS-CBN as Congress rejected the network’s appeal for a franchise renewal.

On July 10, the House committee officially denied ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal.

This signifies the shutdown of the entire corporation, including ABS-CBN News, the news and current affairs division.

Kapuso journalists commiserated with their colleagues from ABS-CBN.

Kara David urged her friends atnABS-CBN to remain strong.

“Respeto para sa mga magigiting na kasamahan namin sa media. Malungkot na araw, pero tuloy ang paghahatid natin ng katotohanan. To my friends in ABSCBN, stay strong. Always praying for you,” she said.

[Respect to my brave fellow media personnel. It was a sad day, but we will continue to deliver the ‘truth’. To my friends in ABSCBN, stay strong. Always praying for you]

JP Soriano also expressed his debt in gratitude as ABS-CBN sports gave his first on-cam break.

“My heart goes to my friends, relatives, and colleagues from ABS-CBN (ABSCBN News) many of whom I admire and respect, remember that “When God closes one door, He opens another,” he said.

“While I am a Kapuso, ABS-CBN Sports gave me my first on-cam break, covering NCAA/UAAP and Other Studio 23 shows,” he added.

Raffy Tima also showed support and respect to his colleagues and hopes to still be with them in the field of newscasting.

“Respeto at suporta sa aking mga kapwa mamamahayag. Naway patuloy namin kayong makasama sa pagbabalita.” he said.

[Respect and support to our fellow journalists. May we continue to be with you in newscasting]

“Ang hirap magsulat ng istorya kung alam mong nanganganib ang iyong mga kasama sa industriya. Kapit.” he added.

[It’s hard to write a story knowing that your colleagues in the industry are in harm. Hold on]

Mariz Umali also said that covering ABS-CBN franchise denial is one of the most heartbreaking stories she ever had to cover as a journalist.

“One of the most difficult and heartbreaking stories I ever have to cover as a journalist…as my heart bleeds for my colleagues…” she said.

Duterte whose ‘war on drugs’ advocacy killed thousands during his early term, accused the network of not airing his political advertisements during the 2016 campaign and not returning the fees.

He threatened ABS-CBN in December, “I’m sorry. You’re out. I will see to it that you’re out.”

The “killing” of the country’s biggest media conglomerate franchise is believed to be with coherence to the alleged “kill, kill, kill” legacy of President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration.

Written by Neil

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