Actress Nadine Lustre broke her silence Sunday, July 19, on the Congress’ decision to deny the application of her home network ABS-CBN for a fresh 25-year franchise, amid concerns about media freedom under President Rodrigo Duterte.
On her Instagram Stories, the Indak star said that like many of her fellow ABS-CBN stars, she too, was saddened by the rejection, which keeps the network's main broadcast platforms off the air and places thousands of jobs at risk amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“Gaya ninyo, kapamilya din ako. Gaya ninyo, natatakot ako sa mga nangyayari. Gaya ninyo, nalungkot din ako para sa 11,000+ na taong nawalan ng trabaho. Gaya ninyo, umiiyak ako para sa sariling bansa. Dahil gaya ninyo, Pilipino din ako,” wrote Nadine.
“Kasama ako sa laban na ito. Patuloy na tumutulong at nagdadasal sa kabila ng pagluluksa,” she added.
She then urged everyone to give their attention to issues that truly matter and unite as “time is running out.”
“Sana ay ibaling natin ang atensyon natin sa mga bagay na nararapat na pagtuunan ng pansin. Pakiusap, huwag tayong magaway away at maghati,” she continued.
“Wala na tayong oras.”
Nadine, who has been a Kapamilya since 2014, joined a chorus of celebrities in condemning the House committee verdict to deny the renewal of ABS-CBN. Other stars include Angel Locsin, Anne Curtis, Liza Soberano, and Vice Ganda.
The verdict comes two months after the network was issued a cease-and-desist order by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) over its lapsed franchise.
In a statement, ABS-CBN said it opted for an early renewal application in September 2014 and “went through the normal legislative process.” However, the network faced several roadblocks, especially under the administration of President Duterte, who had repeatedly vowed to block its franchise renewal.