MANILA — Filipino Miss Universe titlists Catriona Gray and Pia Wurtzbach were among the personalities who spoke up Friday after the country's largest broadcast network ABS-CBN was denied a fresh 25-year franchise by Congress.
On Twitter, Gray said: "For the disheartened. For the hurting. I'm so sorry. For those who delight in the suffering of others, I pray your hardened hearts be softened."
"We continue on. But we will never forget," Gray wrote, with a Philippine flag emoji and hearts in the colors of the ABS-CBN logo.
Wurtzbach, meanwhile, shared a photo of the ABS-CBN headquarters, with the caption: "Home (broken heart emoji) #ForeverKapamilya".
"And when our children tell our story, they'll tell the story of tonight," she added.
Both Gray and Wurtzbach are contract artists of ABS-CBN.
The Friday vote of the House Committee on Legislative Franchises effectively shuts down ABS-CBN for good, over two months since it was issued a cease-and-desist order by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) over an expired franchise.
ABS-CBN had been trying to renew its franchise since 2014, but faced several roadblocks, especially under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte, who had repeatedly promised to close it down.