More ABS-CBN Stars Sound Off After Angel Locsin's Fiery Calls to Speak Up
Locsin even thanked Sarah G after the latter posted a heartfelt letter.
(SPOT.ph) Angel Locsin delivered one heck of a speech during a noise barrage at the ABS-CBN headquarters in Quezon City on July 18. Amid her fiery delivery on the effect of the major network's closure on its 11,000 employees, she called on her fellow Kapamilya stars to speak up on the issue—a divisive topic that had social media abuzz all throughout the weekend.
"At mga kapwa kong artista na hindi nagsasalita, tatahimik pa ba kayo? Wala na kayong network!" said Locsin during the barrage, attended by ABS-CBN employees, supporters, and fellow network stars. "Huwag kayong matakot! Wala na kayong proprotektahan na career or image! Nandito na tayo sa panahon na kailangan ninyo magsalita!" continued Locsin.
Popstar princess Sarah Geronimo took to Instagram to declare her support for ABS-CBN the day after Locsin's speech. "Malaki po ang utang na loob ko sa network na ito at habangbuhay ko po ipagpapasalamat ang bawat oportunidad, tiwala na ibinigay nila sa akin," wrote the notoriously private star. The personal post was a rare occurence on her social media account. ABS-CBN played a huge part in Geronimo's career—starting with Sarah the Teen Princess in 2004—even if the star is managed by Viva Artists Agency.
"Mahalaga po sa akin ang bawat empleyado na labis na nagdadalamhati ngayon dahil sa kawalan ng trabaho," she wrote while reiterating calls to unite. "Ako po si Sarah Geronimo, di lamang artista, isa ring mamayang Pilipino na umaapila para sa mga labis na apekatado ng COVID-19."
After Sarah G's message, Locsin responded with a thank you through her IG stories on July 19, adding a "Mahal kita." The #ProtectSarahGAtAllCost hashtag trended on Twitter over the weekend after folks online felt Locsin's speech was a call-out to the Popstar Royalty.
Nadine Lustre, who have starred in ABS-CBN teleseryes On the Wings of Love and Till I Met You, also shared her sentiments on her IG stories on July 19. "Gaya ninyo, natatakot ako sa mga nangyayari. Gaya ninyo, nalungkot din ako para sa 11,000+ na taong nawalan ng trabaho," wrote Lustre. She reiterated calls for unity, saying, "Pakiusap, huwag na tayong magaway-away at maghati. Wala na tayong oras."
Liza Soberano, meanwhile, clapped back at folks telling laid-off ABS-CBN employees to just look for another job in a Twitter thread on July 18. After sharing her new vlog, Soberano reminded people about more important issues to take note of. She also stressed that there are many Filipinos without jobs in the past couple of months, and that if it were easy to be employed during these times, "there wouldn’t be an outburst of emotions."
The loss of the network meant unemployment for people who were already struggling amid a pandemic to begin with she noted, saying, "Let’s continue to express how this makes all of us feel in hopes that our voices will be heard and the people responsible for this will gain empathy and understanding."
Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla were also present during the noise barrage on July 18. "Ang daming nakipagkaisa para sa 'yo kanina—mga tao na natulungan mo sa iba’t ibang paraan," wrote Bernardo on Instagram, pertaining to the network. Kathniel has made their presence felt thoughout the franchise renewal issue—and even after retrenchment and layoffs were announced.
Main image from Instagram / The Real Angel Locsin