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DJ Chacha denies rumor about ABS-CBN not caring about retrenched employees

Critics say that ABS-CBN’s management team is to blame for the unfortunate shutdown.

Almost two months have passed since Congress decided to shut down media giant ABS-CBN last July 10.

The company has been forced to downsize operations, including the retrenchment of thousands of employees.

However, the company is still getting bashed by critics, mostly supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte. Critics say that ABS-CBN’s management team is to blame for the unfortunate shutdown.

They also say that they feel bad for the retrenched artists because the company just released them without final compensation.

However, DJ Chacha has denied this on Twitter.

She labeled the accusation as ‘fake news’, saying former ABS-CBN employees have received assistance from the company.

Of the 11,000 ABS-CBN employees, 4,452 were part of the retrenchment. In a document submitted to the Department of Labor and Employment, ABS-CBN said that retrenching was necessary because of financial losses.

ABS-CBN Tulong Center late in August announced that its free medical and legal services will come to an end. The Tulong Center started in 2014 and has helped over 55,000 Filipinos.

ABS-CBN Foundation will also cease to offer services due to the shutdown, which will eventually see Bantay Bata 163 offices close.

But even with all the struggles, ABS-CBN Foundation’s “Pantawid ng Pag-ibig: Isang Daan. Isang Pamilya.” continues to help wherever it is needed. The initiative has helped over 880,000 families, and 100 hospitals.

Meanwhile, Kapamilya reporter Warren de Guzman recently claimed that the reason why Congress shut ABS-CBN down was because of how well the company compensated their journalists, decreasing the chances of biased reporting, and corruption.

He said that lawmakers wanted to have a hand in how ABS-CBN journalists would report the news, something that is against the freedom of speech.

Written by Charles Teves

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