MANILA, Philippines – Lea Salonga and Anne Curtis called on their followers to sign a petition for the renewal of media giant ABS-CBN's franchise, which is set to expire on March 30, 2020.
The National Union of Journalists launched a signature campaign last week, as the House prepares to finally tackle the network's franchise renewal.
On Twitter, Lea said: "Yes, I have personal and professional reasons for this one. Not gonna lie." Lea is one of the coaches of the Voice of the Philippines, which will return for its teen edition this year.
Yes, I have personal and professional reasons for this one. Not gonna lie. https://t.co/tuj4QWvquu — Lea Salonga (@MsLeaSalonga) January 19, 2020
Anne, who is currently on leave from It's Showtime because of her pregnancy, tweeted: "Please sign the petition. So many lives will be affected by the jobs that will be lost."
(Editor's note: An earlier version of this story mistated the reason for Anne's leave. She's still pregnant, but we're as excited as everyone else to finally meet her new baby.)
Please sign the petition. So many lives will be affected by the jobs that will be lost https://t.co/3KZZr8zhZS — Anne Curtis-Smith (@annecurtissmith) January 20, 2020
Other stars such as Marvin Agustin, Vice Ganda, Ogie Alcasid, Karla Estrada, and Melai Cantiveros also urged followers to sign the petition.
Love and Support for the network that is our FAMILY. Sign and Share. https://t.co/WO7inSTK4S — jose marie viceral (@vicegandako) January 20, 2020
WE WILL NOT LOSE OUR FAMILY. ABS-CBN: One million for ABS-CBN's franchise - Sign the Petition! https://t.co/i0nr7Xnbgn via @ChangePilipinas — jose marie viceral (@vicegandako) January 20, 2020
Praying for this one #NoToABSCBNShutdown ABS-CBN: One million for ABS-CBN's franchise - Sign the Petition! https://t.co/rq5crSqIYn via @ChangePilipinas — IG: @MarvinAgustin (@marvin_agustin) January 20, 2020
View this post on Instagram Sign in na mga Kapamilya A post shared by Melai Cantiveros - Francisco (@mrandmrsfrancisco) on Jan 19, 2020 at 7:48pm PST
View this post on Instagram A post shared by KARLA ESTRADA (@karlaestrada1121) on Jan 19, 2020 at 7:28pm PST
ABS-CBN: One million for ABS-CBN's franchise - Sign the Petition! https://t.co/2ovSByEZLa via @ChangePilipinas — ogie alcasid (@ogiealcasid) January 18, 2020
Sign and spread the word! https://t.co/ePhX2MvXvS — Ria Atayde (@RiaAtayde) January 18, 2020
Duterte has threatened to block the passage of a law that would grant the station a congressional franchise. Back in April 2017, he accused the network of "swindling" him because they allegedly did not air his political advertisements during the 2016 presidential elections.
In the Philippines, broadcast companies such as radio and television networks must obtain a franchise from Congress under Republic Act 3846.
The franchise bill needs approval by the House of Representatives before it is forwarded to the Senate. A version of the bill approved by both the House and the Senate will still require presidential approval. – Rappler.com