Is Daryl Ong moving to GMA-7?
That is the hint that showbiz fans are getting from Daryl's latest Instagram post.
The 33-year-old ABS-CBN singer uploaded a photo of himself in front of a colorful background. His caption read: "Makulay ang buhay."
Daryl's followers read this as a sign that he might be moving to the Kapuso network. "Makulay ang buhay" is a lyric from the network's popular theme song.
Regine Velasquez, who was still part of GMA-7 then, sang the station ID song.
Singer Rachelle Ann Go revived the song in 2015 for GMA Pinoy TV.
Daryl allegedly banned from ABS-CBN
Daryl began his singing career in ABS-CBN after becoming a semifinalist on the second season of The Voice Philippines in 2014.
He sang theme songs for several Kapamilya TV series: "Ikaw" for FPJ's Ang Probinsyano, "Ikaw Na Nga" for Bridges of Love, and "Stay" for On The Wings of Love.
On June 16, 2020, Daryl released a video on his YouTube channel explaining the reason why he had not been seen in ABS-CBN for a while.
He said that he and fellow singer Bugoy Drilon were allegedly banned from the network after their conversation about the franchise renewal of ABS-CBN was leaked to top management.
Daryl and Bugoy's conversation was between them and a woman who "previously worked" with ABS-CBN.
A male, whom Daryl initially thought was an acquaintance of the woman, sat in the same table with them. It was he who secretly recorded the conversation and leaked it to top management.
According to Daryl's retelling in his vlog last June 16, the singer met Bugoy and their fellow singer Michael Pangilinan at the airport.
Bugoy and Michael were talking about stock investments when the former ABS-CBN employee cut in.
Daryl pointed out that the tone of the woman's voice sounded "medyo pa-saracastic."
She told them: ""Bakit di ka mag-invest sa ABS? Ayan o, bagsak yung presyo nila sa stocks dahil meron silang kinakaharap na krisis.'
"Dun nagsimula yung topic about franchise issue."
During that time, there was a petition made by the National Union Journalists of The Philippines (NUJP) for the support of ABS-CBN franchise renewal. The goal was the gather "one million signatures."
Daryl continued in his vlog: "Sabi ni Bugoy na, '60,000 na lang kulang para mabuo yung one million.'
"Ako naman, nakita ko rin yun. Ang pagkakakita ko naman, 60,000 pa lang yung nagsa-sign.
"Sabi ko kay Bugs, 'Hindi 60,000 na lang. Sixty thousand pa lang. At anong petsa na?'"
Daryl understood that there was a deadline to follow and he felt it wasn't possible to reach the goal of one million signatures with that current number.
Then The Voice alum said, "Tapos, nagdadag ako ng comment, 'Naku, malabo na 'yan. mahirap na 'yan. Kalaban pa man din nila ang gobyerno. Si Presidente ba naman ang kalaban. So, malabo na 'yan.'"
This exchange was said to be the reason why Daryl and Bugoy got banned from the network.
But a source reveals that Daryl wasn't "totally banned" from ABS-CBN and claims there is "another side" to the story.