Jimmy Bondoc posts long message after House freezes ABS-CBN franchise

by Arniel C. Serato
Jun 12, 2019
Jimmy Bondoc, a staunch supporter of President Rodrigo Duterte, posts a long Facebook status regarding network franchise approval after news broke out that the Lower House of Congress did not submit any report on the bill aimed at renewing the legislative franchise of ABS-CBN.
PHOTO/S: Courtesy: Jimmy Bondoc / ABS-CBN News on Facebook

Idinaan ni Jimmy Bondoc sa isang mahabang Facebook post ang kanyang reaksiyon sa hindi pag-apruba ng Mababang Kapulungan ng Kongreso sa panukalang batas upang magpalawig sa legislative franchise ng ABS-CBN.

Ngayong Araw ng Kalayaan, June 12, ay ni-repost ng singer at kasalukuyang vice president for Corporate Social Responsibility Group ng Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) ang artcard na ibinahagi ng The Philippine STAR sa Facebook tungkol sa pagkaka-freeze ng franchise ng ABS-CBN.

Ngunit tinakpan ni Jimmy ang kalahating pangalan ng istasyon kaya "ABS" lamang ang mababasa.

Kalakip nito ang isang mahabang mensahe ni Jimmy kaugnay ng ika-121 kasarinlan ng Pilipinas.

Maraming paksang tinalakay ang government official sa kanyang post, ngunit kapansin-pansing malaking bahagi nito ay tumatalakay sa kapangyarihan ng major networks sa isang malayang bansa katulad ng Pilipinas.

Bahagi ng kanyang Facebook post: "What power these networks hold.

"Yet, they are left in the hands of almost totally unregulated companies.

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"Of course, this will lead to abuse. OF COURSE. What do you expect?

"So, It is the State's job to mitigate this. To be clear, we should NEVER curtail Freedom of Speech.

"But it should ALWAYS be regulated for the good of all.

"There are lines which must never be crossed.

"But from where I sit, I see those lines crossed everyday."

Hindi man direktang tinukoy ang hindi pag-apruba sa franchise renewal ng ABS-CBN, sinabi ni Jimmy na ang Kongreso ang may kapangyarihang makapagpasa nito dahil ang tanging magagawa ng Pangulo ay aprubahan o i-veto ito kapag maipasa na ang nasabing panukala.

Saad ni Jimmy: "I hope these major networks may have a change of heart.

"It is really up to them.

"Technically, it is up to Congress.

"Hindi naman sa Presidente, who can only approve or veto.

"But practically, it is up to the networks themselves, if they would finally decide to be fair and just."

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Dagdag pa niya: "Real Independence is Real Hard.

"Politically, we are getting there fast! But culturally, we are a work in progress.

"Forgive me for hurting many people unintentionally.

"I am primarily an artist, still. A minor artist at that.

"But it is my right to wish for the next generation a BETTER culture and environment for artists, where the sincerest and the most hardworking are rewarded, where real Filipino culture is promoted, where songs and movies etc. that ACCURATELY DEPICT the Filipino soul are promoted globally.

"Yan ang Independence Day, para po sa akin.

"The right to have a Sarili."

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NETWORK DEMISE

Noong May 22, nag-post ng mahabang mensahe si Jimmy sa Facebook ukol sa "demise" ng isang higanteng network.

Wala mang binanggit na istasyon, maraming netizens ang nagsasabing ang ABS-CBN ang tinutukoy niya.

Pahayag ni Jimmy sa kanyang post: "I am so excited to see the biggest tv network close down.

"This company is a snake pit, where success is based on politics and sexual favors.

"NOBODY dares to talk about it because they either benefit from it, or they would rather not have them as enemies. Read before you judge me.

"ART and CULTURE have been ruined by this network. Our moral fiber as a nation, too. Wide-eyed kids seek dreams and fall in line, not knowing the hell that their lives will be plunged into.

"They have contests where the winners have been pre-determined, or are manipulated to suit the whims of the hidden bosses.

"Their news is for sale, highest bidder gets the slant. And foreign groups are usually the victors.

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"I AM EAGERLY AWAITING YOUR DEMISE. I know how this sounds. And I know the nasty comments which are bound to come. I don't care.

"If you think COMELEC is bad, wait until you see the real machinery that is known as 'the biggest network.'

"This is not schadenfraude. This is hope! This is for real change.

"You have COUNTLESS VICTIMS, from sexual harassment to plain and simple bullying.

"I am so happy that your time has come."

Unang tumugon sa post na ito ang Kapamilya actress na si Angel Locsin.

Kinondena niya ang aniya'y hindi makataong post ng singer.

Sumunod na pumuna kay Jimmy sina Sunshine Cruz, Angeline Quinto, at iba pang talents ng ABS-CBN.

PRESIDENT RODRIGO DUTERTE

Hayagang sinasabi ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte na haharangin niya ang franchise renewal ng ABS-CBN.

Ito ay nag-ugat sa hindi pagpapalabas ng network sa kanyang political ad noong 2016 presidential elections kahit bayad na ito.

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Ngunit, noong December 2017, nabanggit ng Pangulo na maaari siyang makipagkompromiso sa ABS-CBN kapag tutulong ito sa kanyang kampanya na mabago ang uri ng gobyerno mula Presidential patungo sa pagiging Pederalismo.

Pero nitong nakaraang taon, muling inulit ni Duterte ang kanyang banta laban sa Kapamilya network.

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Jimmy Bondoc, a staunch supporter of President Rodrigo Duterte, posts a long Facebook status regarding network franchise approval after news broke out that the Lower House of Congress did not submit any report on the bill aimed at renewing the legislative franchise of ABS-CBN.
PHOTO/S: Courtesy: Jimmy Bondoc / ABS-CBN News on Facebook
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