- Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa said ABS-CBN employees who might lose their jobs should look for other means of liv
elihood or a new employer
- He said it’s better to find new work than protest against the government
- Dela Rosa further said the permanent closure of ABS-CBN doesn’t affect him and believes it has no impact in the entire country
Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa advised the ABS-CBN workers who might lose their jobs to find a new one when the network’s franchise is not renewed.
In the light of the possible permanent closure of ABS-CBN, Dela Rosa told the employees of the media network to find other means of liv
elihood or apply at a different media company. He was quoted by GMA saying during a virtual forum, “Meron pa naman ibang news outfit. Hanap na lang kayo ng ibang trabaho para mabu hay. Magsumikap. May ibang paraan pa naman siguro.”
Dela Rosa said it’s better to find new employment than protest against the government. He said, “Alangan naman sabihin ko maghimagsik kayo, magwala kayo. Hanap na lang kayo ibang trabaho.”
The senator further remarked that the permanent closure of ABS-CBN doesn’t affect him as he is not from the network and won’t probably affect the entire country.
He said, “Wala akong nakikitang epekto. Epekto? Hindi naman ako apektado dahil hindi naman ako [taga-]ABS-CBN. Yung taga-ABS-CBN ang apektado.”
“Ako, wala akong nakikitang epekto dahil kung sabihin ninyo mawalan din ng news, meron naman din yung ibang mga ibang news outfits na nagpe-perform. So, wala akong nakitang epekto, sa akin. Sa buong community as a whole, wala rin akong nakikita,” he added.
After 12 committee hearings, House lawmakers are set to vote on ABS-CBN’s new 25-year franchise.
Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri had earlier urged committee members to consider giving ABS-CBN another chance than to see 11,000 workers lose their jobs.
The network’s franchise renewal has been denied. “…The members of the Committee on Legislative Franchises deny the application of ABS-CBN Corporation for a franchise to construct, install, establish, operate and maintain radio and broadcasting stations in the Philippines.”