By Junex Doronio
July 10, 2021
LAPU-LAPU CITY — For more than a year, many residents here have missed their favorite telenovelas like “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano” after a committee at the House of Representatives thrashed ABS-CBN’s application for a fresh franchise and now they have the chance not to vote in 2022 polls the 70 congressmen who voted to kill the network’s franchise renewal application.
Several workers’ groups on Saturday called on the public to remember and vote out the lawmakers who caused the joblessness of thousands of ABS-CBN employees.
“Next year, eleksyon, tingin ko ay may paniningil ang manggagawa sa gobyernong ito. (Next year it’s the elections, I think the workers will make this government pay),” Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP) president Leody de Guzman said.
Defend Jobs Philippines spokesperson Christian Lloyd Magsoy also urged the public not to forget the lawmakers who voted to reject ABS-CBN’s franchise application.
“Maari tayong maningil sa kanilang ginawa dito sa mga kababayan natin, mga kapwa nating manggagawa. Huwag natin kalimutan ang hindi nila pagdinig sa hinaing sa mga manggagawa apektado nitong ABS-CBN shutdown (We can make them pay for what they did to our countrymen, our fellow workers. Let’s not forget how they did not listen to the appeals of the workers affected by the ABS-CBN shutdown.),” Magsoy said.
For his part, Generoso Villanueva Jr., president of the ABS-CBN Rank and File Union, called for unity among workers so they can pick pro-worker leaders.
“Kung mayroon lang pagkakaisa ang lahat ng mga manggagawa dito sa ating bansa, pwede nating idikta o piliin ang mga mamumuno sa ating bansa na pabor sa interes ng mga manggagawa (If only all workers here in the country are united, we can dictate or choose the leaders of our country who would favor the interests of workers.),” Villanueva said. (ai/mtvn)