Former Vice President and veteran ABS-CBN journalist Noli De Castro made an emotional farewell message to the fans of the Kapamilya network.
De Castro who led the last episode of TV patrol after the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) ordered ABS-CBN to shut down their operations said that they’re thankful for the support they received from the Filipino people for many decades.
“Karangalan po namin na maging tagapag-lahad ng inyong mga kwento, at taga bantay sa mga nasa kapangyarihan, karangalan po namin na mag lingkod sa inyo kabayan,” De Castro said.
According to him, despite being forced to close down, ABS-CBN reporters including him would not be silenced by the said attempt against the freedom of the press and democracy.
“Hindi man na-renew ang aming prangkisa, at ipinatitigil ang aming broadcast, nangangako po kami sa inyo na hindi kami mananahimik sa pag atakeng ito sa ating demokrasya at sa malayang pamamahayag,” the veteran journalist stated.
“Sa pinakamalaking dagok at hamon sa aming kumpanya at sa mga aming hanapbuhay, hinding hindi namin kayo tatalikuran kabayan, mga kapamilya kami, tayo ang ABS-CBN, in the service of the Filipino people, saan man sila naroroon sa buong mundo,” he added.
The #NoToABSCBNShutDown became the most talked topic on Twitter, reaching 430,000 tweets as of writing.
On May 5, NTC issued a Cease and Desist Order against ABS-CBN after its 25-year franchise expired on May 4.
“The NTC Regional Offices shall implement the closure order in their respective areas of jurisdiction,” NTC said in a statement.
Meanwhile, the House of Representatives warned NTC that they might face contempt for ordering the closure of ABS-CBN.
“With the legal opinion of the Department of Justice and the authority given by the House of Representatives, there is no reason for ABS-CBN to discontinue or stop their operations until we make a final decision,” Rep. Franz Alvarez said in a statement.
“If the NTC chooses to succumb to the pressure of the Solicitor General, and disregard the commitments they gave under oath, we reserve the right to call them before Congress and explain why they should not be held in contempt,” he added.