Amid the closure of ABS-CBN, veteran screenwriter Ricky Lee said what happened to the largest broadcast network in the country brought out an inspiring message.
ABS-CBN may have signed off from the airwaves, but Lee believes that the trust of the Filipino audience in the country’s leading broadcast net
"I appreciate and bilib ako sa ABS-CBN, dahil kita ko na nung nag-sign off siya, ang lakas ng tiwala niya sa kaniyang manonood. Na maski nag-sign off siya, hindi nag-sign off ang ABS-CBN sa kaniyang manonood," he said in an interview with ANC.
While he sees ABS-CBN’s closure as frustrating, he also saw something in it that inspired him.
"I saw so much support, inspiration sa mga katrabaho, sa mga kaibigan, sa mga hindi kakilala. Ang dami-dami kong nababasa at naririnig na sumusuporta sa ABS-CBN at kumokondena dun sa ginawang pag-shutdown sa kaniya sa ganitong panahon," he stated.
Lee is convinced that there is a bigger reason why the government wants to shut down ABS-CBN — among them being the goal to silence storytellers of truth.
'Yun ang gusto nila eh, tayong mga nagsusulat, gumagawa ng kwento e manatili sa dilim para ang maririnig ng nagbabasa at ng mga nanonood ay 'yung mga gusto nilang iparating na mga kwento, which is usually 'di totoong kwento," he stated.
Despite everything that has happened, Lee believes the people will continue to show their support to ABS-CBN — especially with the presence of ABS-CBN in various online platforms such as iWant.
"I think 'yung mga taga-tangkilik ng ABS-CBN pupunta 'yun dun sa iWant, sa ANC at sa mga iba't iba pang platforms ng ABS-CBN," he stated.
ABS-CBN was forced to go off the air last Tuesday, May 5, following a cease and desist order from the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC).