Last night, the country held its breath as one of its top broadcasting networks signed off. Several personalities expressed their sorrow and frustration over the cease-and-desist order issued by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) that forced the station to end their radio and TV broadcasts. In their last hour, the station gave their final appeal to the administration and the public. Tears were shed and rallying cries dominated on-air and on social media. Throughout this, however, some netizens were quick to react to #NoToABSCBNShutdown posts from Kapamilya stars who previously aired their support towards the president and his administration.
Drop your peyborit Kapamilyang DDS artistas & talents.
— supernegatrona AKA pink 5 🍥 (@supernegatrona) May 5, 2020
In fact, there were Twitter users listing the names of these station talents who they believed were “complicit” to the shutdown exactly because of how “friendly” these personalities were to the administration. For example: President Rodrigo Duterte hosted a dinner party last year as a “thanksgiving for artists who support the President.” ABS-CBN released photos of some of the attendees such as Toni and Alex Gonzaga, “It’s Showtime” hosts Vhong Navarro and Ryan Bang, Bayani Agbayani, John Lloyd Cruz and Robin Padilla. With receipts like these in tow, netizens called out these celebs under their posts.
In response to, Alex Gonzaga’s crying emojis tweet, netizens said that her support enabled the shutdown and that she should take a stand against it.
Plenty also poked fun at outspoken Duterte supporter Robin Padilla. The action star’s Instagram post was full of incredulous replies from people who couldn’t believe his reaction to the shutdown. On Twitter, users were saying that it was a prime example of a “man vs. himself” conflict and how he’s not getting their sympathy.
Doris Bigornia also made a tearful statement on DZMM but netizens weren’t convinced when they remembered how the president confirmed that she was once offered but declined the position of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) but declined. Bigornia was on good terms with the president back when she was covering during the 2016 presidential campaign period. Duterte once said in a media interview, “What is beauty? Beauty is like Doris Bigornia.”
Meanwhile, many were shocked when Noli de Castro (whose daughter Kat de Castro was appointed board director at the People’s Television Network) said at the end of yesterday’s TV Patrol newscast that the shutdown was an attack on democracy. But it turns out, news chief Ging Reyes wrote those final words.
WOW. TWIST OF FATE. NOLI DE CASTRO STANDING UP AGAINST THE DUTERTE ADMIN WOW!!!! MAY CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT SI EX VICE PRESIDENT OH!!!! KALA KO DDS KA GHORL?!?!? https://t.co/QJrnL0u9ZX
ABS-CBN News Chief @gingreyes hasn’t produced a newscast in over a decade. But we’ve heard epic stories of her days as EP of The World Tonight. Here she is, back in the producer’s chair for TV Patrol’s final newscast. The final words from the newscast were from her. pic.twitter.com/dumYipujms