Just like the rest of the country, Karen Davila, Agot Isidro, and Bianca Gonzalez also miss ABS-CBN on free television.
Before the shutdown last year, the Kapamilya network provided wider coverage of disasters and calamities through its regional channels.
Isidro, a staunch critic of the government, reminded the public how important ABS-CBN really is in covering news.
“Kapag may mga disaster na ganito, tutok tayo sa balita sa TV or sa radyo. Ramdam ang pagkawala ng ABS-CBN ngayon,” she tweeted, also criticizing the 70 congressmen who decided to reject the network’s bid for franchise renewal.
Kapag may mga disaster na ganito, tutok tayo sa balita sa TV or sa radyo. Ramdam ang pagkawala ng ABSCBN ngayon.
To the 70 congressmen and their puppet master. Hindi talaga kayo nakatulong.
— Agot Isidro (@agot_isidro) December 20, 2021
Davila, an employee of the network, shared the sentiment of the millions who have been deprived of vital information.
What having ABSCBN on free TV means to the public. #TyphoonOdette
VIEWER: I just wanted to say I am feeling the loss of abs on air. I feel helpless as I want to track the effects of the typhoon pero no coverage. How sad because so many of my friends are affected.
— Karen Davila (@iamkarendavila) December 17, 2021
Meanwhile, Gonzalez still finds it challenging to swallow the fact ABS-CBN can no longer serve the public the way it used to, especially when a typhoon like Odette wrecked various regions.
“Ang daming nangangalampag sa widespread media coverage and relief. Magiging napakalaking tulong sana ng ABS-CBN Regional Network Group sa panahon na ito,” she said on her Instragram Story.
“Madaling sabihin na ‘move on’ sa franchise denial, pero sa ganitong pagkakataon hindi mo pala magagawa.” she added.
Odette had nine landfalls in total. Nearly 400 people died while 50 plus something is still missing.