A year after the House Committee denied ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal bid, actress and philanthropist Angel Locsin remains loyal to the Kapamilya network.
Angel is one of the artists who have been vocal in their support for their embattled network, joining the campaigns and rallies in support of ABS-CBN.
“Walang nagsasalita pero makikita mo sa paligid, mga empleyado natin. Kapag inaalala ko siya nangingilabot pa rin talaga ako kasi nakita ko first hand kung paano nanlumo ‘yung mga tao,” Locsin recalled.
Angel lamented that the House panel did not give a chance to the network to do better and correct its mistakes.
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“Nanghihinayang ako sa pagkakataon na… bihira lang kasi natututukan ng industriya natin ‘eh.
Angel furthered that people in power choose to crucify ABS-CBN instead of listening to their pleas.
“Sana ginamit para makinig lahat, pero hindi ‘eh pinatay tayo,” she said.
“Kasi ang isang kompanya… ako naniniwala na walang perpektong kompanya, ‘di ba?”
She added that despite financial difficulties the network attempted to save its employees from retrenchment.
While other artists opted to leave the network, Angel decided to stay with ABS-CBN which has been her home for over a decade.
“Stay ako dito kasi iyon ang tingin ko na tama. Nandito lang ako kasi hindi ko kayang iwan ‘yong mga kaibigan o kapamilya. Hindi mo naman sila iiwan habang naghihirap ‘di ba?,” she asked.
“Habang may pinagdadaanan, hindi mo ‘yan iiwan kapag mahalaga sa’yo. Habang may pinagdadaanan ‘yong ABS-CBN, nandito lang ako,” Angel added.
Meanwhile, she clarified that she’s not judging her fellow artists who jumped to other networks already.
“Wala akong judgment sa mga kailangang lumipat. Naiintindihan ko at alam ko na kailangang kumayod para mabuhay,” Angel explained.
Moreover, Angel shared that she is preparing for her wedding with fiancé Neil Arce.
Angel is still hopeful that ABS-CBN will return to free tv stronger.
“Naniniwala talaga ako dahil iba ‘rin ang clamor ng mga tao. Maraming nakaka-miss,” she said. (RA)