Filipino artists, singers decry denial of ABS-CBN franchise renewal
Several celebrities outside of the ABS-CBN network also share their dismay over the decision not to renew the media network's franchise

MANILA, Philippines – After majority of the House committee rejected the franchise renewal application of media network ABS-CBN on Friday, July 10, local celebrities, artists, and singers outside the Kapamilya network took to Twitter to denounce the denial, while showing their support for ABS-CBN. 

Actor and screenwriter Juan Miguel Severo cursed at Congress, calling for the names of the 70 House members who voted to adopt the rejection.



Director and head of Globe Studios Quark Henares called out the “odds that people will choose power, greed and pettiness over serving the Filipino people.”


On Twitter, GMA artist Gabbi Garcia offered a sad hug.

Comedian and actor Ramon Bautista pleaded for the Congress to provide “true jobs” for the 11,000 workers under ABS-CBN – not jobs of the trolls “enjoying themselves right now.”


Liway director Kip Oebanda expressed his sadness for his friends from the network, especially for those who “aren’t rich,” and his anger towards his country.



Musician and producer Jim Paredes also asked his followers which side they are on, now that “evil rules our land.”

Actress Lauren Young said that she has “no words at the moment.”

Comedian and actress K Brosas expressed her disbelief over the decision of 70 members.


Ben&Ben lead singer Paolo Benjamin wrote that “evil will be defeated, no matter how long it takes.”


Musicain Johnoy Danao called out the “representatives of the Palace,” and not the “representatives of the people” that they should be. 

Ben&Ben keyboardist Patricia Lasaten posted the trending hashtag, #NOtoABSCBNFranchiseDenial.



Radio DJ Mo Twister also reiterated that decrying the decision isn’t about “whether you associate yourself as a Kapamilya.”


Seventy members of the House of Representatives’ legislative franchises committee voted “yes” to the resolution rejecting bills that sought the renewal of ABS-CBN’s franchise. Eleven members voted “no,” two inhibited from voting, while one abstained. The decision comes after the 13 hearings on the franchise bills with the committee on good government and accountability.

Several ABS-CBN stars also expressed their heartbreak online over the decision. –

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