Actress Nikki Valdez sent out a seemingly painful goodbye to those employees who will be retrenched as ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal was denied by Congress.
Posting a photo of her and a man embracing her on her Instagram page yesterday, Valdez said, “Dalawa lamang ito sa mukha ng libo libong empleyado ng [ABS-CBN] na mawawalan ng trabaho sa susunod na buwan. May posibilidad na kasama ang asawa ko doon.”
(These are just two faces among the thousands of ABS-CBN employees who will lose their jobs next month. There is a possibility that it will include my husband.)
The man tagged in the photo, @hoyluisito, is Valdez’s husband Luis Garcia. He also shared the same image on his own page.
She gave sharp words as well on bashers who brush their fate off by telling them to just look for other jobs.
“Madali lang para sa inyo na sabihin na hindi lang naman sa amin nangyari o nangyayari ito. Na maghanap nalang kami ng ibang trabaho. Na huwag kami mag over react. Na kumpanya namin ang may kasalanan. Na buti nga sa [ABS-CBN] magsasara na. Yung iba nga nagdidiwang pa,” she said.
(It is very easy for you to say that this did not happen to just us. That we just have to look for another job. That we should not overreact. That our company is to be blamed. That it’s good that ABS-CBN will be closing. Some people are even rejoicing.)
“Sana kaya niyong sabihin yan sa mga empleyadong sila lang ang inaasahan ng pamilya nila, na may mga sinusuportahan, pinag aaral, yung iba buntis pa at may pinapagamot na kamag-anak. Sana kaya niyo sagutin ang lahat ng gastusin nila at kinabukasan ng mga pamilya nila,” she said.
(Hope you can say that to the employees who are being relied upon by their families, those who are supporting others, those who are studying, those who are pregnant and those families who have relatives being treated medically. I hope that you can all take care of their expenses and take care of their family’s future.)
Valdez has a message too for the 70 congressmen who denied their network of the franchise renewal. She also had something to say to the government.
“Kaya para po sa inyo ang post na ito para paalala sa mga tuwang tuwa nagsara kami, sa 70 kongresistang bumoto sa pagdeny ng aming prangkisa at sa gobyerno nating puno ng galit at paghihiganti lang ang nasa isip at puso sa gitna ng magulo nang mundo at pandemya na dinaranas ng ating bansa,” she said.
(This post is for you, to remind those who are rejoicing that we are finally closing down, to the 70 congressmen who voted for the franchise denial, and to the government filled with anger, and whose heart and mind are full of revenge in the midst of a messy world and a pandemic.)
In the end, as she expressed her love for her fellow Kapamilya workers, she reminded them to stay strong in faith.
“Kapamilya, kapit lang. Tiwala lang. Ang Diyos ay pinagdudahan, inalipusta, binaboy at tinalikuran din ng maraming nagtiwala Sakanya kaya alam na alam Niya ang pinagdadaanan nating lahat ngayon. Hindi mananaig ang kasamaan kahit kailanman,” she assured them.
(Kapamilya, just hold on. Just trust. God has been doubted too, insulted, trampled on and renounced by those who believed in Him, which is why He knows what we are all going through now. Evil will never prevail.) JB