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Last May 5, the National Telecommunications Commission issued a cease and desist order against media giant ABS-CBN, forcing the network to halt its television and radio broadcast operations immediately. 

Photo from ABS-CBN News

Recently, however, the House had approved the network’s provisional franchise bill. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano affirmed that operations may resume in June until October 31, if ever the provisional license will be approved by Malacanang. 


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The shutdown was initially met with surprise and shock, especially from people coming from different sectors related to the industry who expressed their concern about the controversial move.


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Angel Locsin, who had always been concerned and vocal over social issues, stated that she will not be silenced nor bullied. 

After the approval of the provisional franchise bill, a grateful The General’s Daughter star wrote on her Instagram account, “Thank you Cong. Alan Cayetano and congress for giving us a fair chance in court without shutting us down. Praying that the outcome will favor the Filipino people and enabling us to help during this crisis.”



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Vice Ganda also aired his thoughts on the matter and posted an image of the #LabanKapamilya Campaign. 

The Unkabogable Star wrote the caption, “Ipaglaban natin ang pagmamahal natin sa isa’t isa mga Kapamilya.  #LabanKapamilya #NoToAbsCbnShutdown."



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During the Laban Kapamilya Facebook live event, Probinsyano lead Coco Martin stressed that this isn't the time to be silenced by anyone, now that the livelihood of many is at risk.

Coco emphasized, “Kasi kung lahat tayo mananahimik, aabusuhin tayo niyan. Kasi ito iyong pagkakataon natin. Wala na tayong trabaho. Ano ang iingatan natin?”



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Robi Domingo turned emotional on Myx when he talked about how everyone who works in the company will be affected by the shutdown. Robi stated, “Naalala ko ‘yung mga employees and crew, and their families who are going to be affected. So it’s hard.”



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Apart from Kapamilya actors, celebrities from the Kapuso network also expressed their dismay over what had happened. Janine Gutierrez posted a photo on her Twitter account about the dangers of not being able to have press freedom. 



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Maine Mendoza kept it short and sweet by posting three heart icons with the colors of the ABS-CBN company: red, green and blue.  



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Another GMA star, Lovi Poe, was clearly distraught by the turn of events, as the sexy actress wrote on Twitter “prayers for everyone”, with the signature tri-color of the network.