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ABS-CBN is needed now more than ever before

The number of casualties could have been lesser to what it is on record had ABS-CBN not been shutdown, said netizens.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) confirmed on Tuesday that deaths caused by Typhoon Ulysses are now at 73.

24 are injured and 19 are still missing in Region II, II, CALABARZON, Bicol Region, and the Cordillera Administrative Region.

Ulysses has also affected 3,052,049 people or 727,738 families in Regions I, II, III, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, V, NCR and CAR.

The agriculture sector has incurred P2.7 billion in damages and damage to infrastructure is around P5.2 billion, while 39,808 houses have been damaged.

The affected families were compensated a total of P46.9 million worth of assistance, the NDRRMC said. It has recommended that President Rodrido Duterte place Luzon under a state of calamity.

The number of casualties could have been lesser to what it is on record had ABS-CBN not been shutdown, said netizens.

When calamities are coming and going, it is vital to disseminate information to the public, which is something ABS-CBN is the best at doing.

Prior to the shutdown, ABS-CBN had at least three relay stations in the entire Cagayan Valley, including the ones in Isabela, Aparri, and Tuguegarao in Cagayan. But these no longer serve the public since ABS-CBN’s Regional Network Group’s was shutdown in August.

The Cagayan Valley, which is one of the worst typhoon hit areas, also relied heavily on ABS-CBN News for updates.

Concerned netizens have voiced out against the 70 congressmen who voted to deny ABS-CBN’s bid for a franchise renewal last July, and attribute the lack of information dissemination to them.

Reporter MJ Felipe pointed out how important ABS-CBN RNG would be to the typhoon victims and hopes that the lawmakers are feeling the guilt of their decision.

People didn’t have to go online for updates because ABS-CBN News was on free TV, but things have changed thanks to the shutdown.

ABS-CBN doesn’t even look like it has no franchise the way it has been providing special coverage of the typhoons.

ABS-CBN reporters are just everywhere, regardless of the situation.

One netizen says that anyone who supports ABS-CBN’s shutdown is a contributor to the lack of information dissemination.

Information is crucial at this trying time and other networks cannot match ABS-CBN is reporting news. Instead of giving updates, other networks are airing cartoons and other entertainment programs which doesn’t really help.

The only person to blame for all of this is Pres. Rodrigo Duterte.

Written by Charles Teves

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