On Wednesday, the Blockbuster Queen Kathryn Bernardo finally broke her silence on the ABS-CBN shutdown issue through a short video posted on her official Instagram account.
Kathryn began her video with an explanation why it took her over a week to speak up.
She said she wanted to refrain from speaking about politics because she got really traumatized the first time she used her platform to talk about anything related to politics.
To recall, the actress got bashed in 2016 for supporting then presidential candidate Mar Roxas.
Doing it again is scary for her but she decided to do it again this time.
She also called on Filipinos to learn to stand up for what’s right and to use their voices to responsibly speak up.
“Tayong mga Pilipino, sana matuto tayong manindigan sa kung ano ang tama.”
“Alam ko po na marami sa inyo na may alam na matagal ko pong piniling manahimik. Bakit? Kagaya po ng iba sa inyo, natakot po ako. Kasi nu’ng huling beses ko po na ginamit ko ‘yung platfrom ko sa usaping politika, hindi naging maganda ‘yung nangyari. Naging traumatic po ‘yung experience ko no’n,” she said.
Kathryn said that she is now breaking her silence because she feels that she has to do something for ABS-CBN even though it is not assured that she will be heard.
“Pero ngayon nandito po ako kasi pakiramdam ko kailangan. Pakiramdam ko, kahit wala mang kasiguraduhan na marinig ‘to, at least may ginawa ako. Pakiramdam ko kailangan kong maging boses ng iba. Kaya nandito ako, pinili kong magsalita kasi nag patong-patong na ‘yung mga dahilan,” she said.
Kathryn, who stars in the blockbuster film “Hello Love Goodbye,” said that she will use a line from the film so she can be better understood.
“Meron po akong isang linya doon sa movie na nagawa ko no’ng huli, ang sinabi do’n, ‘Ang choice para lang sa may pera.’ Noong isang buwan po akong namuhay sa Hong Kong, doon ko po napatunayan at doon ko lalong nakita kung gaano kahirap ‘yung buhay,” Kathryn shared.
According to her, ABS-CBN’s shutdown means depriving many Filipinos of information source especially in the most crucial situation.
“Tapos ‘yun pong pagkashutdown ng ABS-CBN, sa ginawa nilang ‘yon, mas binawasan pa natin ‘yung pagpipilian ng mga kababayan natin. Alam po natin na maraming lugar sa Pilipinas na nasasagap lang nila ay ABS-CBN. Sa panahon po ngayon ng pandemya na kailangan natin ng impormasyon maya’t maya, alam po natin kung gaano kaimportante ang news, ang pagkukunan ng impormasyon,” she said.
“Sa hinaharap po natin ngayon, alam natin kung gaano kahirap ang pinagdadaanan ng lahat. Na ‘yong tanging nagpapasaya sa kanila o ‘yung isa sa mga bagay na nagpapasaya sa kanila, ‘yung inaabangan nila sa panonood pati po ‘yon naalis sa kanila,” she added.
She ended her video urging the authorities to give attention to the voices of the 11 thousand employees of the media giant and to not make the inequality in the country worse.
“Sana matuto tayong makaramdam. Makaramdam para sa labing isang libong empleyado na nanganganib mawalan ng trabaho. Matuto tayong makaramdam sa ilang milyong Pilipinong nawalan ng libreng access sa impormasyon at libangan. Huwag po nating palalain ang inequality. Ang choice, hindi lang ‘yan dapat sa may pera. Magtulungan tayo,” she added.
The day Kathryn released her video, the House of Representatives passed on 2nd reading a bill that would grant the network provisional license to operate.
Kathryn Bernardo is one of the greatest actresses in Philippine showbiz.
Her movie with GMA artist Alden Richard, “Hello, Love, Goodbye”, is the highest-grossing Filipino film of all time.
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