ABS-CBN Stars Express Dismay At Closure of TV Plus, SKY Direct
Many ABS-CBN stars were disappointed by the recent cease and desist orders (CDO) issued by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to ABS-CBN Corporation and Sky Cable Corporation on June 30.
One demands for the closure of Sky Cable Direct, while the other demands the closure of TV Plus programs.
Starting Tuesday night, DZMM Television, Jeepney TV, Yey !, CineMo, Asianovela Channel, and Kapamilya Box Office will no longer air on TV Plus boxes in Metro Manila.
At the franchise renewal hearing in Congress on Monday, June 29, NTC Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba asserted that the previous CDO on May 5 covered the network's digital platforms.
As a result, Cordoba was ordered by certain congressmen to immediately issue a CDO to TV Plus and SKY Direct, SKY Cable's satellite cable service.
SKY Cable is also owned by ABS-CBN Corporation.
Expired Franchise Covers TV Plus, Sky Direct
The first CDO was released a day after ABS-CBN's 25-year legislative franchise expired on May 4, 2020.
The House hearing yesterday explained that TV Plus is covered by the network's expired franchise.
The congressmen emphasized that the TV Plus operation was illegal since May 5.
Another CDO on Tuesday was directed at SKY Direct.
According to the new order, the ABS-CBN franchise and Sky Cable franchise expired “to install, operate, and maintain a Direct Broadcast Satellite Service,” such as SKY Direct.
As a result, Kapamilya Channel, iWant, ABS-CBN Online, and The Filipino Channel (TFC) are the only remaining Kapamilya programs broadcasted by the network.
Angel Locsin, Liza Soberano Slam 'Heartless People'
Following this sad news, Kapamilya actress Liza Soberano, 22, tweeted.
“No words for these heartless people #ABSCBNFranchise,” Liza posted on Twitter.
The young actress's tweet is likely for the NTC and its congressional opponents to franchise renewal.
A few minutes later, Liza again expressed her frustration over what was happening.
She asked why is the government focusing more on breaking down the Kapamilya network than helping those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Liza's tweet (published as is): “How come there's so much time being spent on bringing ABS-CBN down but little to no time figuring out ways to help our women who are struggling during this pandemic, because we have GCQ still ?? ??? ”
Actress Angel Locsin posted an Instagram photo of herself in front of the ABS-CBN Communications Center.
Angel, 35, admits that she stopped her car in front of the Kapamilya network building.
Angel's caption: “Kanina pumara ako sa harap ng ABS nung nabalitaan ko ang posibleng pagtigil sa TV Plus at Sky. Eto na naman yung pakiramdam na maiiyak ka na lang. Sana may option na pwede kang mamili kung saan pupunta ang binabayad mong tax.”
Good Life host Karla Estrada, 45, is worried for ABS-CBN employees.
Karla reacted to Senator Sonny Angara's tweet about the issue.
Hopefully, according to Karla, congressmen and the NTC considered the welfare of thousands of employees who might lose their jobs in the middle of the crisis.
Karla's tweet exclaims: “No more fellow humans? They are in their lives ??? Don't you think people who lose their jobs can make families hungry ?? The bucket now needs to be done in the midst of the crisis ... WHEN YOU ARE OPENING YOUR CHOICE.”
Zsa Zsa Padilla, Sharon Cuneta Choose to Pray
Singer-actress Regine Velasquez, 50, posted on Twitter about the indifference of those in the government.
Asia's Songbird tweet reads: “Are we really blind and deaf ???? What's going on with my love ???”
Regine posted her tweet of crying face and three heart emojis whose colors symbolize the ABS-CBN logo: red, green, and blue.
56-year-old singer-actress Zsa Zsa Padilla, was brought to tears when she heard the news.
She posted yesterday on Instagram a screenshot of ABS-CBN News's tweet about the two CDOs.
In the caption, Zsa Zsa mentioned that she was at the first taping day for Love Thy Woman after more than three months of quarantine.
Zsa Zsa's post: “I can't stop crying. I'm sorry. I came from my first taping day after lockdown. So much change ... and everything we do to bring Love Thy Woman to you. But this news ... is very painful. It's frustrating. “
She concluded her post with a prayer.
"Lord Jesus, give us the strength to continue our work," Zsa Zsa added. “Please guide all my colleagues on the Kapamilya Channel. It's up to you. [praying hands emoji].”
Megastar Sharon Cuneta, 54, reposted this Instagram post by friend Zsa Zsa.
Sharon's caption caption: "I am so, so sorry, KAPAMILYA ... There are just no words [three praying hands emojis]"
Gary Valenciano and Martin Nievera Are Speechless
Both ASAP Natin ‘To pioneers Gary Valenciano, 55, and Martin Nievera, 58, refrained from adding a caption to their posts.
The veteran singers posted three heart emojis of red, green, and blue, on a black background.
TV host and YouTube creator Bianca Gonzalez, 37, shared that her household relied on TV Plus since Channel 2 stopped operating.
And now, ABS-CBN TV Plus is also gone.
Bianca tweeted: ““Ang Jeepney TV, Teleradyo, Asianovela channel ang nakakapagbigay saya sa mga tao dito sa bahay magmula nung nawala ang ABS-CBN nung May 5. Ngayon naman.. ito.. [five broken heart emojis] #IbalikAngABSCBNMore.”
Almost an hour later, Bianca posted the "E52 No Signal" advisory on her television screen.
Bianca's caption: "Yung naramdaman ko nung May 5, naramdaman ko ulit."
Karen Davila Calls the Order 'Pure Harassment'
Broadcast journalist Karen Davila, meanwhile, has repeatedly said that "harassment" is taking place on her home network.
She posted on Twitter a copy of the NTC's CDO against SKY Direct.
Karen, 49, questioned why other networks were allowed the operation to continue even after their franchise expired, but ABS-CBN was not.
“Pure harassment,” tweeted Karen.
“Bakit po ganon? Ang mga ibang media company pinayagang mag-operate habang dinidinig ang prankisa nila sa kongreso, ang ABS-CBN pinatitigil?”
Karen's fellow Kamilya broadcaster Julius Babao, 51, tweeted a quote card.
The popular quote by English writer Alan Moore was shared by Julius.
The quote card reads: “People should not be afraid of their government. Governments should be afraid of their people.”