ABS-CBN President & CEO Carlo L. Katigbak Shows Gratitude To Supporters In A Moving And Heartbreaking Message
“Habang-buhay kaming nagpapasalamat sa inyo,” he says
Today, July 10, Congress voted yes to denying ABS-CBN a franchise renewal after a joint House panel conducted 12 hearings amounting to nearly 100 hours. 70 congressmen and congresswomen voted to deny ABS-CBN Corp. a new franchise, and 11 voted in favor of the franchise renewal.
This afternoon, ABS-CBN President & CEO Carlo L. Katigbak addressed Kapamilyas everywhere—whether they are employees of the network or supporters and audiences at home—in a moving and heartbreaking message.
“Labis po kaming nasasaktan sa desisyon ng Committee on Legislative Franchises na tanggihan ang franchise ng ABS-CBN,” he began. “Naniniwala kaming nakapagbigay kami ng serbisyong makabuluhan at mahalaga sa mga Pilipino. Gayunmpaman, nagpapasalamat kami sa komite para sa pagkakataong maipahayag ang aming panig sa mga isyung laban sa amin.”
He thanked ABS-CBN’s sponsors, as well as Congress for giving him and the network a chance to air their side. Most of all, he thanked everyone who offered a prayer and showed their support, adding that he and ABS-CBN’s employees join them in their sadness and devastation today.
“Nagpapasalamat din kami sa lahat ng nagpahayag ng suporta at nag-alay ng dasal para sa amin. Hindi namin kakayanin ang lahat ng ito kung wala kayo. Mananatili kaming nakatuon sa serbisyo publiko at umaasang makakahanap ng ibang paraan upang tuparin ang aming misyon. Kasama ng aming mga empleyado, karamay niyo kami sa inyong kalungkutan. Inaasahan namin ang araw na tayo’y magkakasama ulit.”
Katigbak ended with a message he received from social media: “Kapit lang. Muling magliliwanag ang kuwento ng bawat Pilipino.”