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Lea Salonga asks followers to pray for ABS-CBN employees facing impending retrenchment

Lea Salonga empathized with ABS-CBN employees who are facing looming layoffs.

BY
Kristhoff Cagape

FRESH SCOOPS

07/17/2020 10:56 AM
Lea Salonga asks followers to pray for ABS-CBN employees facing impending retrenchment

"Pray for them." 

This was the plea of Lea Salonga to her followers as ABS-CBN's employees face impending retrenchment following the denial of the network’s new franchise by the House committee. 

On her Twitter page, the Broadway star expressed her empathy for the embattled working force of the media giant. 


“Please say a prayer for the many men and women of ABS-CBN as well as their families, that they weather what might possibly be the biggest challenge of their lives. Mahigpit na yakap, mga Kapamilya," she posted.

 

 

The Voice Teens coach added that "whether you were in favor of the shutdown or not" is "immaterial” at this point.

Lea remarked, "Pray for them anyway. To be suddenly out of a job is not something to wish upon another human being, especially in the middle of this seemingly never-ending pandemic."

On Wednesday, July 15, ABS-CBN announced that it will start laying off its workers in August after it was denied a new 25-year franchise. 

In a statement, ABS-CBN said, "With the non-renewal of its congressional franchise, ABS-CBN is now forced to cease the operations of some of its businesses and implement a retrenchment program covering ABS-CBN and its subsidiaries effective end of business day on 31 August 2020."

The network added, “As much as it hurts us to implement this retrenchment program, this is the only way to ensure the continued employment of the rest of our Kapamilya."

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Last week, the Broadway star also took to Twitter to share her shock over the decision of the House committee on ABS-CBN’s franchise.

"Sat at my kitchen table in stunned silence for much of the day trying to make sense of things... I ask for kindness please, not for myself, but for everyone else hurting today. Sigh... paano ba ‘to,” Lea said.

She also remarked, "We can’t always control what happens around us, but we can control how we react. For myself, I choose optimism rather than vengeance and hate. In every crisis, there is opportunity. We need to take the time to figure out what that’ll be. Tomorrow is another day. Must create.” 

 

 

In a separate tweet, Lea admitted that she has been feeling unwell following the network's collapse. 

 

 

“Vacillating between being okay and not being okay. Sabi nga ni Jessie J, ‘It’s okay not to be okay.’ So I’m going to let myself not be okay, and be okay with that,” she stated.