UP praises 'brave' journalists, pushes for ABS-CBN return

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on May 06, 2020 02:15 PM
UP praises 'brave' journalists, pushes for ABS-CBN return
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The University of the Philippines gave a reminder that in the continuing COVID-19 crisis, journalists are frontliners too.

State U's College of Mass Communication lauded those journalist-frontliners who remain in the field to make sure Filipinos are in the know amid the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ). "During this ECQ, we have witnessed the brave coverage of journalist-frontliners from ABS-CBN," it said in a statement.

As such, the Philippines' biggest network is needed now more than ever.

And as such, UP "strongly decried" the order last Tuesday of the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) for ABS-CBN to cease and desist from broadcasting on television and radio. "As we continue to battle this health crisis, we need a free press," its statement read.

Last Monday, the media organization's franchise expired as the House of Representatives has yet to tackle the bill for its renewal.

A day later, the NTC then backtracked on its earlier commitment to grant provisional authority and as such, ABS-CBN went dark right after TV Patrol.

Amid all this, the Kapamilya network has vowed to remain true to its vision and mission. "Sa gitna ng pagsubok na ito, mananatili kaming tapat sa aming sinumpaang tungkulin bilang mga lingkod ng bawat Pilipino," President and CEO Carlo Katigbak said.

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