Pia Magalona, the wife of the late ‘Master Rapper’ Francis Magalona and the mother of A Soldier’s Heart actor Elmo Magalona, took a stand as she joined the Black Friday protest held by supporters of ABS-CBN, in support of the network’s fight for franchise, on Friday, July 3.
"Nandito po ako dahil nakikibahagi ako at nagbibigay suporta sa mga kaibigan ko at Kapamilya ko at dahil na rin para kay Francis Magalona. Marami talaga kaming nagawang shows dati sa ABS-CBN, so bahagi na 'yan ng kasaysayan namin. And lahat naman siguro kilala si Francis M. Kalinya ng ideals ng Francis M ang ginagawa rin ng ABS-CBN, which is the basic unit is family. So napaka importante niyan," she said in the protest at Liwasang Diokno of the Commission on Human Rights, as quoted by ABS-CBN News.
"Gusto ko lang sabihin kahit saan man ito mapunta, I'm very proud of ABS-CBN dahil we are able to keep our dignity. Hindi tayo bumababa sa putik at nambabato ng kung ano-anong salita, wala tayong sinasabing ganoon. Kahit 'yun man lang we have kept that," Pia added.
"Ang tanong ko is bakit sinabi na lahat ng ahensiya na walang violation ang ABS-CBN, so kung ‘yon lang ang basis nang pagboto, hindi ba dapat iboto na yes, na bigyan ng whether renewal or bagong franchise whatever it is.”
The celebrity mom continued to open up her emotions about the matter and said, “Nanginginig ako sa galit talaga kasi tuwing manonood ako ng hearing, nagkakasakit ako physically. Ayaw ko naman ng ganun kasi stress leads to you know terminal illness or something like that. So, ayaw ko maging ganoon, so gumagawa talaga ako ng something productive. I'm mahiyain actually pero naisip ko kapag umalis ako rito at hindi ako nagsalita today, hindi ko mailalabas 'yung saloobin ko, I will just regret it later. I don't want any regret.”
“Suportado ko talaga ang ABS-CBN at kahit anong network, at kahit sino pang pinapatahimik na tao. Bilang isang kababayan karapatan kong magsalita. Hindi ko gustong magtaob ng power anything like that. I am a very disciplined person, I like to follow rules. So kung binibigyan lang tayo ng rules na susundin at hindi ‘yong paiba-iba na pwede ang iba ay pwede lang magsabi ng sorry, pero ‘yong iba grabe ang trato sa kanila, it doesn't equate to the offense, hindi ba?" she added.
It has been almost two months since ABS-CBN went off-air following a cease and desist order from the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) on May 5. Pia, like other celebrities, has been vocal in expressing her support for the network as shown on her Instagram page.
Pinned an RGB ribbon to my big old mango tree today, in support of ABSCBN. Welcome your favorite Kapamilya shows on 𝐊𝐚𝐩𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐲𝐚 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐥 on SKY, Cablelink, G Sat, and most member-cable operators of the Philippine Cable Television Association (PCTA) nationwide 𝐛𝐞𝐠𝐢𝐧𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐉𝐮𝐧𝐞 𝟏𝟑. While Kapamilya Channel will initially be seen by cable and satellite TV viewers only, ABS-CBN will find more ways to reach more Filipinos and bring news, public service, and entertainment to every Kapamilya around the world.
*Swipe LEFT to read Mr Atienza’s statements 06.18.2020. Yesterday was the 7th hearing on the controversial ABS-CBN franchise renewal. My friends and i, who have been religiously following this seemingly never-ending reality series at the House of Representatives, always end up frustrated with the line of questioning that the network’s panel has to undergo. In fact, we take pride that either way the outcome of this hearing, the executives of ABS-CBN hahe consistently kept their cool. At the very least, just by maintaining their dignity is indeed truly “in the service of the Filipino.” When Cong Lito Atienza, representative of BUHAY Partylist finally had the chance to speak at the hearing, we couldn’t help but be MOVED by his very simple, yet meaningful words, which he seemed to be expressing on our behalf. Driven by the need to show Cong Lito our gratitude, we scrambled to do our best and wear our most floral, tropical or Hawaiian-themed top—his signature look—and post it for all to see! Thank you, kind sir, know that you are in our prayers, and we shall never forget how you stood up for us, in those few minutes given to you. #IbalikAngABSCBN
In one of her previous posts, she wrote on the caption, “You shut down ABS-CBN and you shut down the voice of the people.”
Let’s go waaaaay back and personal. Pancho Magalona hosted the original noon time show on ABSCBN, Magandang Tanghali, back in the 60s. Francis was a mainstay on LoveliNess in the 80s. He’d also co-host The Sharon Cuneta Show every now and then. My children and so many other artists, creatives and people who work hard to earn their keep have shows in this network. Isa ang ABS-CBN sa mga institusyon ng malayang Pilipinas. Worldwide ang broadcast nito para sa bawa’t Pilipino sa buong mundo. You shut down ABS-CBN and you shut down the voice of the people. #NoToABSCBNShutdown