Angel Locsin, Regine Velasquez, and Bianca Gonzalez-Intal are among the first ABS-CBN stars to speak up about the TV and radio broadcasting network halting its operations upon the release of a cease and desist order from the National Telecommunications Commission on May 5, 2020.
The 25-year franchise of ABS-CBN expired on May 4, and the network's stars took to social media to air their views.
Among them was Angel Locsin who posted on her Instagram account with the hashtag #NoToABSCBNShutdown. Angel's last show for the network was the prime-time series The General's Daughter. The actress made an appeal in consideration for the 11,000 employees of ABS-CBN that would lose their jobs.
Her caption reads (published as is): "Para sa kapwa. Sa panahon na kailangan ng hanap buhay ng mga tao. Let’s be considerate and ask ourselves kung makakatulong ba ang mga desisyon natin sa lalo na sa panahong ito.
"To ABS-CBN, isang karangalan po na naging bahagi at nakasama ko po kayo. Mahal ko kayo."
Angel also included "Para sa #malayangpamamahayag" indicating support for freedom of speech.
Meanwhile, Regine Velasquez tweeted crying emojis. The singer is a part of the weekly musical-variety show ASAP Natin 'To. She followed this up with posts on both Instagram and Twitter bearing the logo of ABS-CBN and broken heart emojis.
She also retweeted the official statement of ABS-CBN about the ruling of the NTC prohibiting the Kapamilya network from continuing its broadcast operations.
Written here, ABS-CBN is asking the government to consider the network's "comprehensive news coverage" in the midst of the "public health crisis" brought about by COVID-19, as well as the "P300 million worth of goods" that ABS-CBN has given to "600,000 families."
Regine also used the hashtags "#DEFENDPRESSFREEDOM" and "#NOTOABSCBNSHUTDOWN."
Bianca Gonzalez also expressed heartache while watching the message of the big bosses of ABS-CBN, which was aired on TV Patrol, the network's prime-time newscast. Bianca is a resident TV host for the various editions of the ABS-CBN reality show Pinoy Big Brother.
During the live telecast of TV Patrol on the evening of May 5, ABS-CBN President Carlo Katigbak spoke first, followed by ABS-CBN Chairman Mark Lopez.
Bianca shared about how hard she was crying as she listened to the appeals of the TV executives for reconsideration.
She followed this with a retweet of a post by Jaime Bolok showing a photo of the ABS-CBN newsroom when the final broadcast of TV Patrol was aired.
She tweeted with a broken heart emoji, "Ang sakit."
She accompanied this with a quote card with the message "Hanggang sa muli, Kapamilya," adding "Isang KARANGALAN na maging bahagi ng kumpanya na ang puso ay para sa serbisyo sa Pilipino saan man sa mundo."
She also used the hashtags #InTheServiceOfTheFilipino and #IStandWithABSCBN.
*This story originally appeared on Pep.ph. Minor edits and translation have been made by the Preview.ph editors.