Former DZMM host Jobert Sucaldito criticized his former boss, ABS-CBN CEO Carlo Katikbak after the latter made a speech dedicated to the people that could be affected if the Kapamilya Network forced to shut down for good.
In a lengthy Facebook post, Sucaldito who worked for the ABS-CBN-owned radio station for 17 years said that the said speech of Katikbak only wanted to capture the hearts of the lawmakers and the people watching the franchise hearing, hoping that they could get more support.
However, the veteran showbiz reporter said that Katikbak’s speech was only meant to portray ABS-CBN as the victim on the franchise issue.
“Diyan magaling ang ABS-CBN – sa pagkundisyon sa mga utak ng sambayanan na para silang inaapi when in fact sila itong magaling mang-api sa kanilang mga empleyado in the past. Mukhang na-master na nila ang paawa effect para makakuha ng simpatiya sa bawat Pilipinong nabobola nila. Paano na lang daw ang magiging buhay ng mga empleyado nila should they lose their jobs lalo na in time of this pandemic? Talaga lang ha. Naisip niyo iyon – ba’t ngayon lang? Dahil may kailangan kayo sa gobyerno kaya pati taumbayan ay sinasali ninyo sa emotional appeal ninyo?” Sucaldito said.
He then asked why Katikbak didn’t think of the welfare of the former workers they allegedly removed or forced to resign.
“Ibabalik ko lang Mr. Carlo Katigbak ang statement mo – paano kaya kaming pinagtatanggal ninyo at sinuspinde indefinitely? Naisip niyo rin ba ang naging buhay ng more than 100 cameramen na pinagtatanggal ninyo nung 2010 at pinakain pa sa five-star hotels bago ninyo sinabing they’re no longer connected with your company? Ok, wala ka pa nung panahong iyon but as you speak kanina, you were speaking on behalf of the management kaya ganoon na rin iyon,” he stated.
“Naawa ba kayo sa kanila? Naawa rin ba kayo sa mga pamilya nila? Naisip niyo ba kung saan sila kukuha ng ipapakain nila sa mga anak nila nung tanggalin niyo sila sa kompanya? Are you serious with what you said kanina or nagpapatawa ka lang?” he added.
Because of being removed months before the COVID-19 pandemic, Sucaldito shared that he’s already worried about where to get money to spend for their daily needs.
He’s also unsure if he’s already allowed to search for work because his contract with the network still effective until December.
“After more than 17 long years – nagawa niyo ito sa akin? In short, hahayaan niyo na lang kaming magutom until the end of the year? Mukhang ikasisiya pa nga yata ninyong makitang nagdurusa ako at hahayaang mamatay sa gutom kasama ng sampu sa aking pamilya. Iyan ba ang Kapamilyang sinasabi mo?” he said.
“Ngayon you are appealing to Congress na parang nag-aalala kayo sa mga buhay namin and referred yourself as a CONCERNED KAPAMILYA who cares for your employees. THAT’S A BIG LIE! YOU ARE NOT CONCERNED – sa totoo lang, YOU ARE VERY CRUEL!!!!! ABS-CBN IS VERY CRUEL in the guise of being mabait sa mata ng publiko..Kahit harap-harapan ay taas-noo kong sasabihin sa inyong YOU ARE VERY CRUEL!!!!!!!!” he added.
Sucaldito even questioned why ABS-CBN was boasting their charitable works despite being funded by sponsors and donors.
“Malay naman naming baka pinagkitaan niyo pa ang mga ito kasi nga, wala namang audit-audit iyan and tax free dahil sa foundation nga ang mga ito. Mula noon hanggang ngayon, ang laki ng kinita ng Lingkod Kapamiya at Batay-Bata Foundation na iyan – alam ba ng mga tao kung magkano lahat ng nalikom ninyong mga cash donations at kung magkano lang ang nailabas ninyo? Show us proofs para mapaniwala niyo kaming di ninyo pinagkitaan ang mga foundations na iyan,” he said.
He then praised Deputy Speaker Rodante Marcoleta for his speech against the television network giant.
Sucaldito became a critic of ABS-CBN after he was suspended to his radio show because of talking about the relationship status of a top Kapamilya star.
He then filed an illegal dismissal complaint against ABS-CBN Network and DZMM on March 5.
On May 8, he wrote a viral open letter to ABS-CBN telling them not to connect the freedom of the press to their franchise issue.