Actress Nadine Lustre said that like any other ABS-CBN employee, she is worried about what will happen next after the network was denied a congressional franchise last July 10.
On her Instagram Stories Sunday, July 19, the actress said:
“Gaya ninyo, kapamilya din ako. Gaya ninyo, natatakot ako sa mga nangyayari,” she said. (Like all of you, I am a Kapamilya. Like all of you, I am afraid of what’s happening.)
“Gaya ninyo, nalulungkot din ako para sa 11,000+ na taong nawalan ng trabaho. Gaya ninyo, umiiyak ako para sa sariling bansa. Dahil gaya ninyo, Pilipino din ako.” (Like all of you, I am sad for the 11,000+ workers about to lose their jobs. Like all of you, I am crying for our country. Because like all of you, I am also a Filipino.)
Nadine said that she is one in the fight to save the embattled network.
“Kasama ako sa laban na ito. Patuloy na tumutulong at nagdadasal sa kabila ng pagluluksa.” (I part of this battle. I continue to help and pray despite my grieving.)
She also appealed to people to focus on the issues that need to be addressed. (READ: Stars and supporters protest ABS-CBN shutdown)
“Pakiusap, huwag tayong magaway-away at maghati. Wala na tayong oras,” she said. ( A request to all, please stop fighting. We don’t have time.)
On May 5, ABS-CBN signed off after the National Telecommunications Commission’s shutdown order due to the expiration of its congressional franchise on May 4.
On July 10, the House committee on legislative franchises voted 70-11 to reject ABS-CBN’s application for franchise renewal, putting at stake the jobs of more than 11,000 employees.
The network’s employees have since held prayer vigils and caravans, calling for ABS-CBN’s return. – Rappler.com