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‘Ito ay pagyurak sa karapatan sa pamamahayag’: Joel Lamangan condemns ABS-CBN shutdown

Director Joel Lamangan says that the ABS-CBN shutdown is a direct affront to freedom of expression.

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05/08/2020 12:46 PM
‘Ito ay pagyurak sa karapatan sa pamamahayag’: Joel Lamangan condemns ABS-CBN shutdown

“Ito ay pagyurak sa karapatan sa pamamahayag at pagpapahayag."

These were the words of director and Directors Guild of the Philippines board member Joel Lamangan on the shutdown of ABS-CBN's broadcasting operations on television and radio. On Tuesday, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) issued a cease and desist order to the Kapamilya network.

“For me and for the guild that I represent, it is a direct affront to freedom of expression. Ito ay pagyurak sa karapatan sa pamamahayag at pagpapahayag. It is stated in the Constitution, naroon ang karapatan natin na iyon. Kapag hindi binigay ang karapatan na iyon, 'yun ay pagyurak sa ating Saligang Batas,” Joel said in an interview with ANC. on Thursday, May 7. 


With the recent events, the director remarked that everyone should stay vigilant.

“Ang ano man pagyurak sa ating karapatan sa pamamahayag ay dapat nating labanan. If they can do this to ABS-CBN which is a very big and giant broadcast company, paano na 'yung maliliit na broadcast company? How sure are we na hindi iyan magagawa sa kanila?” he stated.

The director also urged the congress to act on the application of ABS-CBN for its franchise renewal especially in the middle of a pandemic when everyone needs to stay informed.

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“Ang Kongreso ang umupo diyan at hindi ibinigay ang prangkisa. Dapat gumawa ng paraan ang Kongreso sapagkat alam na nila na mawawala na ang karapatang mag-broadcast. Gumawa sila ng paraan upang mapahaba pa ang pagbo-broadcast lalo na ngayon sa panahon ng pandemya. Inutos iyan dahil lamang sa palagay ko ay alam nila na ayaw ng ating Pangulo na magbukas ang ABS-CBN. Lahat sila ay kinakailangan pagbigyan ang gusto ng Pangulo na parusahan ang ABS-CBN,” he said.

He added, “Dapat ang kapakanan ng taumbayan ang tinitignan, hindi ang interes o kapakanan o pagsama ng loob ng sino mang tao, kundi ang kapakanan ng maraming tao. Sa panahon ng pandemya, kailangan nating malaman ang nangyayari sa kapuluan.”