Sharon Cuneta clarifies: 'We are not fighting the President'


Posted at May 12 2020 06:48 PM


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MANILA -- "#LabanKapamilya" has been the rally cry of many ABS-CBN stars since the government issued the cease-and-desist order against the network, forcing it off air for the first time in decades. 

But on Monday, Sharon Cuneta deemed it necessary to remind her critics that this battle is not being waged against President Rodrigo Duterte. 

Cuneta made the clarification on Instagram after apparently noticing a spike of criticisms against her fellow artists for speaking up. 
"Mga kaibigan at Kapamilya, gusto lang po namin linawin na we at ABS-CBN are not fighting the President. We are fighting to withdraw the cease-and-desist order issued by the NTC," she wrote. 

Cuneta was referring to the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) order, issued last week, hours after the existing franchise of ABS-CBN for its free channels expired.

This has led to many of the network's artists to denounce the move as ill-timed given the COVID-19 pandemic situation, and as an attack on press freedom. 

Some stars and personalities from rival networks have also shown support for ABS-CBN following the order. 

Cuneta had earlier described ABS-CBN as her "home," and that the order could cost thousands of employees their jobs, including hers. 

Her new post came a couple of days after she raised more than P2 million via an online concert for ABS-CBN's initiative to help the many Filipinos affected by COVID-19.