Finally, actress Angel Locsin has mustered enough strength to articulate her opinion on the non-renewal of the ABS-CBN franchise by Congress.
In an Instagram post yesterday, July 14, the “The General’s Daughter” star initially stated that “It took a while before I was able to compose myself and feel how I actually felt about the situation.”
Both “sad” and “angry,” she now understands her feelings better.
“Alam ko I am sad, alam ko i am angry. Pero may pakiramdam ako ng panghihinayang na hindi ko naiintindihan kung saan nanggagaling nung simula. Ngayon po na-realize ko kung saan nanggagaling ang lahat ng emosyon na ito,” she said.
(I know I am sad, I know I am angry. I felt a little bit of regret why I can’t seem to understand where it started. Now, I realize where all these emotions are coming from.)
The congressional hearings, she said, could have been the start of reforming the industry.
“I was genuinely hoping that we could turn this into an opportunity to fix the industry’s issues. Hindi lang po sa ABS-CBN, kundi ang kabuohan. Though, to be honest, malaki na po ang improvement kumpara nung nagsisimula [pa lang] po ako. Katulad ng working hours, contracts, etc. Pero aminado po ako na marami pa rin pong bagay sa entertainment industry ang kailangan pang ayusin, gaya ng ibang nirereklamo ng ibang laborers,” she explained.
(Not only ABS-CBN but the whole industry. Though to be honest, there is already a huge improvement as compared to when I was just starting. Like the working hours, contracts, etc. But I admit there are still many things in the entertainment industry which need to be improved, like what laborers were complaining about.)
She then asked those congressman who voted against the ABS-CBN franchise renewal why they did so.
“What’s the purpose of those testimonies from laborers fighting for their rights kung dito lang magtatapos (if it will end this way)? Hindi rin naman sila natulungan. Pinagsalita lang pero iniwan lang rin sa ere (They were not given help and left hanging). In the end, we, in the entertainment industry, especially the day-to-day earners, kagaya ng crew, were still denied of the opportunity to work in better labor conditions.”
Locsin felt that the industry is ailing, and Congress could have taken the opportunity to guide and fix the industry about its problems.
“But sadly, the congress chose a rigid path, pulled the plug and ignored the plea of the entertainment people. They chose the easy way out instead of curing the disease,” she said.
Locsin then asked why the incident was taken as an opportunity to exact vengeance, as she said, “Bakit dinamay ang karamihan sa personal vendetta ng iilan? Totoong serbisyo para sa tao ba ang ginagawa o gumaganti lang dahil na-expose ang ilang pagkakamali nila?
(Why did they involve people in their personal vendetta? Did they give true service o did they just took revenge because some of their mistakes were exposed?)
In the end, Locsin reaffirmed her support for her fellow workers in the industry and made a forecast as to how the Filipinos will take what happened: “Naniniwala akong hindi mawawalan ng saysay ang lahat… dahil tatatak ito sa kasaysayan (I believe that everything will not be for naught, because this will leave a mark in history) and we, the Filipino people will never forget.” JB