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Missing ABS-CBN yet? Typhoon Odette reminds people how important the network is

Netizens, including well-known personalities, noted the network’s importance during calamities such as Odette

Those massively affected by Typhoon Odette believe people from different parts of the country do not precisely know their situation due to the lack of coverage by media giant ABS-CBN.

Prior to its shutdown last year, the network’s regional channel provided coverage on far-flung areas that faced calamities. Unfortunately, ABS-CBN can no longer give updates to that extent since the regional channel was forced to halt operations.

Netizens, including well-known personalities, noted the network’s importance during calamities such as Odette.

Vice President Leni Robredo, who was in Bohol facilitating assistance to the affected, said it was challenging to show the public the true damage caused by the typhoon and to communicate because of ABS-CBN’s absence.

In a live session, she said the affected families feel that the whole country has little idea of how bad the effects of Odette are.

“Gusto ko lang pong ikwento sa inyo ‘yong mga nakita ko kasi isa po ito sa mga request ng mga nandoon: may general feeling ‘yong mga kababayan natin na hindi masyadong alam natin na mula doon sa pinangyarihan ng bagyo, hindi natin masyadong alam dito kung ano ‘yong tunay na nangyari sa kanila kasi unang-una, down nga ‘yong communication lines,” she said.

Reporter MJ Felipe concurred with Robredo.

No other network had the capability of ABS-CBN’s regional stations to go out there and cover disasters.

Other media outlets provide updates but are not as good as ABS-CBN Regional Channel.

ABS-CBN reporters still go to distant areas, but their resources are now limited due to the shutdown.

This isn’t the first time ABS-CBN’s service was missed. Last year in May, residents of far-flung towns in Quezon and Aurora provinces were hesitant to take action amid the threat of Typhoon Ambo. The network was also blamed for failing to provide updates on the routes of Super Typhoon Rolly and Typhoon Ulysses.

Sadly, critics of the network still do not want to see it back on the air despite having proven to be significant most of the time.

Written by paulie walnuts

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