Supporters of ABS-CBN represent the interests of the oligarchy and NOT of the Filipino people

Supporters of embattled ABS-CBN are going about their expressions of “solidarity” with the media giant the wrong way. They are framing their “cause” as one about its employees losing their jobs because of an “attack” from an “evil dictator”.

The facts, however, tell a different story. The case being built by the government against ABS-CBN makes use of legal arguments. The administration of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte represented by the Solicitor General’s Office (SGO) is doing things by the book. And, ultimately, the fate of ABS-CBN is in the hands of representatives in Congress — people who won an election for the privilege of representing the Filipino people’s interests.

Supporters of ABS-CBN, on the other hand, have the interests of Filipinos at the bottom of their list of priorities. At the top of their priorities are the interests of the network’s shareholders, its thousand-odd employees, and that of a channel that has a long track record of dishonest “news reporting” biased towards their partisan agenda. More importantly, the manner with which they are pressing their demands involves calls to action that lie outside the frame of the law.

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ABS-CBN supporters, rather than argue the case before the government are, instead, waging a propaganda campaign to demonise it. This is, in essence, a campaign to get what they want using tactics no better than a child throwing a temper tantrum.

ABS-CBN supporters are suggesting illegal approaches to ‘fight’ for ABS-CBN rather than work with the government to resolve the issue.
(Photo source: @Bulatlat)

The notions that there is some sort of “fight” to be had and that “press freedom” is “under attack” have long been discredited and are ideas irrevocably perverted by extreme partisanism. You’d think the Opposition would have learnt this important lesson by now — that the Laban (“fight”) rhetoric and the idea of press freedom “under threat” are kisses of death on their chances of winning an election in the near future. Filipinos regard these manufactured issues with eyes rolled up to the sky at best.

One of the pillars of the ABS-CBN persuasion campaign is appeal to emotion and its darker tool, emotional blackmail. Because ABS-CBN makes most of its money off low-brow entertainment, it has ample “talent” to propagate this mind poison with the likes of celebrities like “DJ Chacha”, for example, marching to that tune.

Appeals to emotion, of course, don’t win cases in court. To be fair, they move political bodies such as Congress and win political exercises such as elections. However, the 2019 elections that saw the key Opposition coalition suffering a catastrophic loss proved that they are woefully ineffective at that game. It is indeed baffling that they continue to expect different results while doing the same thing over and over again.

The kiddies populating the lame protest rallies organised by the Opposition’s top “thought leaders” should pause and observe as the grownups take charge of resolving ABS-CBN’s problems. Already, authorised officials of the firm are issuing less inflammatory statements and reaching out to the right people and work within the system to sort this mess out. This is how things are done in a mature society — where due process is observed and intelligent conversation is carried on. There is less room for the hysterics of a discredited “activist” clique and lots of opportunity in adult conduct. It’s time Filipinos and their politics grow up — for the sake of ABS-CBN and others like it that run afoul of the law.

9 Replies to “Supporters of ABS-CBN represent the interests of the oligarchy and NOT of the Filipino people”

  1. abs cbn is done because the SC will not tackle its franchise renewal but intead its violation of the constitution. the SC will not listen to their cry.

  2. When they uncritically defend a media company headed and used by the oligarchy with ignorant reasoning and arguments, is the day they reveal themselves as useful idiots who rather want to be “Entertained” by celebrities and shows than actually caring about “Rule of Law, Fairness and Change” that they keep preaching about.

    1. Lets wait for the supreme court decision and congress hearings, but dont pretend duterte has no influence on the congress, and that calida is an honorable man. remember how he used his position to corner government security guard contracts?

  3. If you violate the agreement of the franchise, and violate the laws of the county; you have to face the consequences.

    We ordinary citizens, go to jail; for small infractions we committed. The Oligarchs, who owned those media giant, ABS CBN, cannot be above the law…

    Those senators and other politicians, who are working for the renewal of the ABS CBN franchise, are just showing their “true colors”…they are working for the Oligarchs, and not for us, who elected them…

    Shame on you, running dogs of the Oligarchs !

  4. Reminds me of Filipinos abroad who cancel their subscription to the Filipino Channel (owned by ABS-CBN). If someone tells them, “why are you disconnecting your connection to your Filipino heritage,” or similar, the right answer would be, “The Filipino Channel does not represent the entire Filipino society, only a small part of it. Beside, a TV subscription is not a way to connect to one’s culture, it is just being a consumer.”

  5. Drug pushers are also humans who are losing jobs these days. Squatters are real people who also need a roof to sleep under. If Filipinos are happy with disorder then they should very well continue the “fight” against the “evil dictator” and find one that can rule with empathy.

    Motherhood stateswoman Grace Poe likely fits the bill best for this disgruntled lot of illogical grade schoolers. Under Grace the only real logic is “awa” for the “inaapi”. This is why the Reds and the Yellows are all rowing on the same boat.

    A strong government needs people at the top who can make those tough decisions- able to sacrifice the few for the greater benefit of the many- bordering on “utilitarian” logic if needed.

    Three things remain: German engineering, Japanese precision and Filipino “awa”. Hopefully we can change that last one to “integrity” or “intelligence” soon. That’s where the real fight is waged in, and not in these appeal-to-pity contests.

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