- Senator Manny Pacquiao said he is hoping and praying that God would touch President Rodrigo Duterte to order the reversal of ABS-CBN’s shutdown
- He said that while the President cannot be blamed for the media network’s closure, Duterte can do something about it
- Pacquiao stressed how the shutdown of ABS-CBN is a big loss to the Filipinos, especially the OFWs
Senator Manny Pacquiao said he prays President Rodrigo Duterte would soon order the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to allow ABS-CBN to resume its operations.
Pacquiao said he he is hoping and praying that God would touch Duterte to order NTC to grant a provisional authority to the network for continued operations.
“I’m hoping, I’m praying na hipuin ng Panginoon ang Pangulo na tulungan at kausapin ang NTC na bigyan ng provisional authority to operate while the pending renewal bill is dinidinig ng lower House at Senate,” Pacquiao told ANC.
The senator continued that while the President cannot be blamed for the closure, Duterte can actually do something to reverse the order.
“Dito sa pago-operate ng ABS-CBN, may mgagawa naman ang Pangulo. Dito sa pagsasara ‘di naman natin puwede sisihin ang Pangulo sa naging desisyon ng NTC,” Pacquiao said.
Pacquiao stressed how the closure of ABS-CBN is a big loss to the Filipinos, especially the Overseas Filipino Workers. He added that when he is abroad, he also enjoys watching the The Filipino Channel (TFC).
“Malaking kawalan sa ating mga Pilipino. Alalahanin natin, sa ibang bansa kasi especially TFC (The Filipino Channel), lahat ng OFW laging nanonood ng TFC para ‘yung lungkot nila sa ibang bansa, pag nakanood sila ng TFC parang andito sila sa Pilipinas,” he said.
“‘Pag ako nasa ibang bansa nagte-training, pag nanonoood ako ng TFC para akong nasa Pilipinas din,” Pacquiao said.
Pacquiao said it’s best if the country will unite and work together amid the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.