As ABS-CBN franchise challenged, Coco Martin airs concern over livelihoods at risk

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Posted at Feb 12 2020 05:04 PM | Updated as of Feb 12 2020 09:28 PM

'FPJ's Ang Probinsyano' star Coco Martin interacts with a long-time viewer of the series in the 2019 ABS-CBN Christmas station ID. ABS-CBN

MANILA — Coco Martin, star and co-director of primetime stalwart "FPJ's Ang Probinsyano," aired his support for his home network ABS-CBN on Tuesday amid challenges to its franchise renewal.

Martin also expressed his concern over the livelihoods at risk should ABS-CBN's broadcast operations be forced to close, in an Instagram post that showed a quote from the network's late chairman, Eugenio "Geny" Lopez, Jr.

"Our reason for being is and always will be in the service of the Filipino," Lopez had once said, forming the legacy tagline of ABS-CBN.

In his caption, Martin wrote: "Napakalaki ng utang na loob ko sa ABS-CBN, natupad ko lahat ng pangarap ko para sa sarili ko at sa aking buong pamilya. Dahil sa sa ABS-CBN, napakaraming tao at pamilya na nabigyan ng oportunidad magkaroon ng maayos na buhay."

Martin, 38, made his showbiz breakthrough in 2005, which saw the start of a succession of lead roles in acclaimed independent films, mostly in collaboration with Brillante Mendoza. 

Crossing over to mainstream television via ABS-CBN in 2008, Martin would become one of the network's biggest stars. He is now dubbed local showbiz's "Primetime King," due to his consecutive top-rating series, including the long-running "Ang Probinsyano."

"Sa pamamagitan ng 'FPJ's Ang Probinsyano,' napakaraming taong natulungan, mula sa aming mga artista, staff at crew. Nabigyan ulit ng trabaho lalo na ang mga artista na nawalan ng pag-asa na muling makita ulit sa telebisyon, nagkaroon ulit sila ng pagkakataon para kumita at ituloy muli ang kanilang mga pangarap!" Martin wrote.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Over its four years on air, "Ang Probinsyano" has become a springboard for many former actors to make their showbiz comeback, with Martin recruiting time and again personalities who are known to be struggling.

Martin added: "11,000 na empleyado po ang mawawalan ng trabaho kabilang na po ako. Paano na po ang aking pamilya at ang mga pamilya ng lahat ng nagtratrabaho sa kumpanyang ito? Dito po kami umaasa ng aming ikabubuhay."

The actor then mentioned the international reach of ABS-CBN for Filipinos working abroad, as well as its social responsibility efforts and public service.

"Sa pagtatrabaho ko sa ABS-CBN ay nalibot ko na halos ang buong Pilipinas at buong mundo upang pasiyahin at pasalamatan ang lahat ng mga Pilipino na tumatangkilik sa aming mga pinalalabas. Gumagawa din po ang ABS-CBN ng mga charity events upang makatulong sa ating mga kababayan. Sa tuwing may sakuna, ang ABS-CBN ginagawa ang abot ng kanilang makakaya upang makatulong sa lahat ng nangangailangan. At ako mismo ang nakasaksi kung gaano kabuti ang hangarin ng ABS-CBN upang makatulong sa lahat ng mga Pilipino," he said.

"Hindi ko po alam kung ano ang mararamdaman ko kung mawawala ang ABS-CBN na naging malaking bahagi ng aking buhay. Sana po tulungan ninyo kami na ipanalangin na mapukaw ang puso at maliwanagan ang isip ng mga tao na nagnanais ipasara ang istasyon na tumutulong ng malaki sa maraming buhay!" Martin said.