MANILA — Long-time ABS-CBN actor Jericho Rosales opted for an optimistic outlook after the broadcast network was denied a fresh franchise by Congress.
"Ramdam ang pagyuko ng bawat isang umasa. Ramdam ang bigat sa katahimikang hindi na kailangan ipaliwanag," Rosales wrote, after the House legislative franchises committee, in a vote of 70-11, junked ABS-CBN's franchise application.
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.
The shutdown puts at risk the job security of some 11,000 employees. Every day it is off air, ABS-CBN loses around P35 million, and by August, it may be forced to retrench workers, the company has said.
"Nagkakaintindihan sa magkasingtunog na buntong hininga. Masakit man ang pagkatalo ngayon, ito ang mas magpapatamis sa tagumpay na nagaantay," Rosales wrote.
"Bukas muling titingala. Hindi bawal ang tumingala. Ngayong gabi tingnan ang mga tala. Bukas ramdamin ang araw. Walang harang ang himpapawid. Kakabig lang muna ng kaunti. Tuloy ang buhay. Tuloy ang pagmamahal. Tuloy ang biyahe. Hanggang sa muli, kap."
Rosales, a Kapamilya since 1997 whose career drew international popularity with "Pangako Sa 'Yo," has been a visible figure in campaigns supporting ABS-CBN's return to air. He was due to star in another ABS-CBN primetime series, according to announcement prior to the shutdown.