Filipino singer and songwriter Daryl Ong revealed that he’s no longer connected with ABS-CBN after he commented on the franchise issue being faced by the Kapamilya network.
In his vlog, Ong thanked ABS-CBN and his showbiz friends for the opportunity they gave to him.
Ong then narrated what happened before he got banned from the Kapamilya network.
According to his story, they’re in Iloilo for a tour together with his colleagues Bugoy Drilon and Michael Pangilinan when they discussed business opportunities like investing in the stock market.
They also accompanied by some people including a former employee of the Kapamilya network.
The discussion then led to the franchise issue being faced by ABS-CBN.
Drilon then showed an online petition expressing support to ABS-CBN.
He then told his colleague that there’s no hope for the petition to reach the required signatures, especially that the Kapamilya network was facing the wrath of the government and President Rodrigo Duterte.
“Sabi ni Bugoy na 60 thousand na lang yung kulang para mabuo yung 1 million. Ako naman nakita ko rin yun, ang pagkakakita ko naman 60 thousang pa lang yung nagsasign.. May deadline po kasi yun… So sabi ko kay Bugs, wala na ‘yan malabo na ‘yan, hindi na yan aabot kasi 60 thousang pa lang at anong petsa na…” Ong said.
“Tapos nagdagdag ako ng comment na sabi ko mahirap yan, naku malabo na yan mahirap yan, kalaban ba naman nila ang gobyerno, si Presidente ba naman ang kalaban, so malabo na yan,” he added.
Ong said the discussion ended after he made the said comments, however, they’re not aware that someone is already recording their discussion.
“Hindi po namin alam na ‘yung isang katabi namin sa table, ‘yung sinasabi ko na isang lalaki pa, akala ko kasi, kaibigan ‘yun nung babae na ka-kwentuhan namin na dating nagwo-work sa ABS… It turns out hindi niya pala kilala ‘yun,” he said.
“So nire-record pala kami, ‘yung usapan namin, hindi namin alam,” he added.
After their successful show in Iloilo, Ong was informed that their discussion reached one of the ABS-CBN big bosses already.
“ayun lumipad na kami patungong Iloilo nag show na kami, tapos bigla ‘yung road manager namin parang aligaga, bigla siyang panic mode bigla siyang lumabas, tinawag kami ni Bugoy, so ‘yung nasa phone, ‘yung manager namin si ate Kaye, hindi niya kami pinagalitan pero sobrang alalang alala siya kung ano ang mangyayari,” he narrated.
“‘yung guy na nag record sa conversation namin about sa franchise issue ay kaibigan pala ng isa sa mga big boss sa ABS-CBN so apparently, pinarinig ‘yung recording ang dating sa kanila wala kaming utang na loob, or pinag uusapan namin ‘yung franchise issue na wala kaming concern, parang ang dating sakin ang impression sa kanila, ay kumakampi kami sa fact na hindi mare-renew ‘yung license,” he added.
The singer said that they didn’t have a chance to explain their side to the big boss.
When they arrived in Manila, they were informed that he’s already banned in ABS-CBN together with Drilon.
“Meron ng batas na bawal na kaming lumabas sa lahat ng shows ng ABS-CBN,” he said.
After the incident, Ong, Pangilinan, and Drilon appeared as guests in Eat Bulaga to promote their concert.
Ong told his disappointed fans that he never left ABS-CBN because of his own decision.
“Hindi po ako umalis sa ABS-CBN, banned po ako, dahil doon sa insidente na napagkwentuhan namin ‘yung franchise issue at nakarating sa isang boss,” he clarified.
“Nakakalungkot lang na hindi kami nabigyan ng chance magpaliwanag,” he added.
Despite the decision of ABS-CBN against him, he’s still thankful for the opportunity given to him by the Kapamilya network.
This is not the first time that someone working for ABS-CBN got fired suddenly allegedly because of their comments.
Former DZMM host Jobert Sucaldito was suspended to his radio show after he talked about the relationship status of a top Kapamilya star.
Unlike Ong, Sucaldito filed an illegal dismissal complaint against ABS-CBN.
A former cameraman of ABS-CBN also narrated how his colleagues were invited to a feast only to be told that they’ve already fired.