Shutdown of ABS-CBN will 'cost lives' - VP Robredo

Shutdown of ABS-CBN will 'cost lives' - VP Robredo

The Lopez owned ABS-CBN Corporation has been receiving a lot of support from the different media groups, sectors of society, celebrities and from politicians.

Vice President Leni Robredo is one of the many that was surprised with the decision of the National Telecommunication Commission’s cease and desists order (CDO) on ABS-CN, saying such act will “cost lives” amid the novel coronavirus 2019 disease or COVID-19 pandemic.

“This free flow of information literally saves lives. Closing down ABS-CBN costs lives, on top of unnecessarily burdening the thousands who will lose their jobs,” said VP Robredo in a statement.

Vice President Leni Robredo
(photo credit to owner)

It has been publicly known that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has been criticizing the Lopez owned network for its “biased” coverage regarding his administration.

The Vice President questions the move of the NTC and has cited the critical role of media during a crisis.

“Bakit ito ginagawa ngayon sa panahong humaharap tayo sa matinding krisis? Wala dapat puwang sa panggigipit at pansariling interes sa mga panahon kung kailan dapat nagtutulungan tayo,” she said.

[Translation: Why is this being done while we are all facing a crisis? There should be no time for harassment and selfish interests during the time when we should be helping one another.]
“All hands on deck dapat. All social institutions— including media— should be united under a single purpose: ang pagsiguro sa kaligtasan ng buhay ng bawat Pilipino (to make sure of every Filipinos’ safety).”
Robredo is hoping the Duterte administration will reconsider granting the franchise to ABS-CBN for it to operate again.

“Umaasa tayong mamumulat ang administrasyon sa panganib na dala ng pagsasara ng ABS-CBN, lalo na habang patuloy ang krisis pangkalusugang dala ng COVID-19,” said Robredo.
[Translation: We are hoping that the administration will realize the danger of shutting down ABS-CBN as the health crisis due to COVID-19 is ongoing.]

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