Bishop condemns Ab muscles-CBN franchise denial groups exhibit solidarity with impacted employees

Bishop condemns ABS-CBN franchise denial; groups show solidarity with affected workers

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DIOCESE of Bacolod Bishop Patricio Buzon condemns the members of the Dwelling Committee on Legislative Franchise for denying the franchise application of Ab muscles-CBN.

In a assertion issued by the bishop, he explained the committee’s action is the most up-to-date in a series of insidious attempts by the existing administration to quash dissent and to avoid individuals and institutions from working out their appropriate to free speech as nicely as from benefiting from a free and independent press.

“This is indicative of the administration’s intolerance for views that place to concern its guidelines and actuations,” Buzon said.

Buzon pointed out the denial of the franchise software has silenced a main resource of facts for the men and women, therefore, compromising the constitutionally certain correct to information and facts on matters of community concern, which falls less than Posting 3, Segment 7, of The 1987 Structure.

“One particular a lot less media outfit is a single less info resource for our people today,” Buzon reported.

The bishop mentioned democracy thrives in a plurality of sights wherever opposing views are not stifled and impartial voices not silenced. To uphold, regard and guard this plurality is the common superior.

Buzon also thinks with the collection of attempts, he is convinced that the country’s democracy is currently being imperiled and, if remaining unchallenged, the region can retrogress to tyrannical rule.

“We heed the get in touch with of the situations and converse up. We condemn that which undermines the common very good. We condemn that which disregards set up correct,” Buzon stated.

He additional reminded the duly-elected representatives that they are duty-sure to uphold and guard the rights of the men and women and protected the common good of the nation.

In a related improvement, staff of Ab muscles-CBN in Bacolod Metropolis personnel have lamented the network’s impending retrenchment following the denial of its franchise bid.

Eighty-a single of them are anticipated to reduce work opportunities just after August 31 this calendar year. The retrenchment was introduced before by the prime management of the television huge.

“Kun kabalo kamu, sa pila na ni ka bulan nga gina-torture kami adlaw adlaw (If you just realized, we have been tortured each working day for months),” Abdominal muscles-CBN Bacolod News Department Chief Romeo Subaldo explained.

Subaldo, who spoke for the duration of the sounds barrage initiated by a variety of groups outdoors their station along Lacson Street on Saturday night, mentioned they listened to the worst news of their life–shedding get the job done amid the prevailing pandemic.

“Ang concern namon, maano kami, din kami pudyuton? Kun kontra nila ang mga Lopez, ang Lopez ya may kwarta gihapon kami ya nga mga empleyado wala (Our concern is, what shall we do now? If they loathe the Lopezes, the Lopezes however have cash although we staff members really don’t),” he added.

The noise barrage initiated by the Bacolod Youth Alliance was participated by customers of a variety of teams which include the Countrywide Union of Journalists of the Philippines and Negros Press Club, amid many others.

Clad in black, protesters lit candles at the fence of the tv station.

They encouraged motorists to develop sounds by honking their horns as a signal of aid to the station and its staff members.

Apart from the junked franchise of Abs-CBN, protesters also bannered other difficulties like an attack on press independence, lack of mass testing for coronavirus sickness (Covid-19) and anti-terror legislation.

Ahead of proceeding to the noise barrage, the employees joined a caravan organized by some other groups all around the city’s major streets also aimed at showing solidarity with them who will be impacted by the impending retrenchment.

“We thank all those who sympathize with us. Even if we do not know you personally, you are below supporting us,” Subaldo exclaimed.

Meanwhile, in a article made earlier by Abs-CBN Bacolod reporter Martian Muyco, he affirmed that 81 of them will be jobless by September 1.

Muyco reported it is ironic as the day was also supposed to be his sixth yr as an worker of the Tv station.

“It is really unpleasant [and] complicated, but we will need to facial area it head-on. My only prayer right now is I hope that the time of recovery will not take extensive,” Muyco said.