- Senator Nancy Binay took to social media her frustration over the decision of the National Telecommunications Commission to issue a cease and desist order against ABS-CBN
- The shutdown, she said, would result to thousands of unemployment
- She also lamented how untimely the order was
“By midnight, thousands more will be jobless.”
After the giant TV network in the Philippines shut down on the night of May 5, 2020, Senator Nancy Binay could not hide her frustration over the decision of the National Telecommunications Commission to issue a cease and desist order against ABS-CBN.
“Tinanggalan niyo ng trabaho ang 11,000 kapwa Pilipino, pati na rin ng konting kasiyahan ng maraming pamilyang Pilipino. By midnight, thousands more will be jobless,” Binay said on Twitter; stressing how untimely the order came considering the country’s current health emergency situation.
“You don’t kill the people and the platform delivering valuable li
fe-saving information,” the Senator added.
“Kulang pa ba ang nagugutom dahil sa COVID at kailangan niyo pang dagdagan,” she also lamented on Twitter on the same night. [Is the hunger people experiencing due to COVID-19 isn’t enough that you need to add more burden?]
ABS-CBN went off air after its primetime news program TV Patrol. All its radio and television programs were stopped in compliance with the order.
The day after ABS-CBN went off air, the government revealed that it is considering to include the 11,000 workers of the company in the COVID-19 cash assistance.
“Ang alam ko yung programa for SME (small medium enterprise) dapat continuous ang employment. Dahil itong pangyayaring ito na nawalan sila ng trabaho na hindi naman nila ninais, hindi naman sila nag-resign, at hindi naman po nag-voluntarily shutdown ang ABS-CBN, baka maipasok natin sila sa programa ng SMEs para makakuha sila ng panandaliang dalawang buwan na ayuda,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said,