A former correspondent for ABS-CBN Regional News recalls how devastating it was when a congressional franchise rejected the Kapamilya network’s bid for franchise renewal.
ABS-CBN has been off the air for over a year now and its executives are doing everything they can to reduce losses.
Annie Perez who used to be employed by ABS-CBN Cebu said not only did she lose her job but she also had to leave a “family.”
“Hindi nila naiintindihan na hindi lang work ang nawala sa iyo. It’s a family you are going to leave. It’s a home na parang nasisira. Iba kasi ‘yong effect kapag empleyado ka, kapamilya ka,” said Perez in an interview with Sakto.
She and her friends did not know what to do after the shutdown and it took quite a while for them to recover.
“Sobrang numbed kami lahat at stunned. Siguro, it took us some time before kami napag-isip na sige ito ang gagawin natin next,” she added.
In the weeks leading up to the panel’s decision, Perez and colleagues worked like it was their last day.
Perez currently works as a communication instructor at UP Cebu and a correspondent for ABS-CBN News’ Cebu and Central Visayas sector.