By Gabriela Baron
Veteran screenwriter and novelist Ricky Lee has thrown support for ABS-CBN after the broadcast shutdown.
“In the light of the ABS-CBN shutdown, we go live in the dark,” Lee wrote on Facebook.
Lee has been working at the ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation as Creative Manager. He also established and heads the Trip to Quiapo Foundation, former Philippine Writers Studio, which aims to provide support to budding and struggling writers.
“We imagine what a world would look like without freedom of expression. A world without stories, without conversations, without an exchange of ideas and truths,” he added.
“We don’t have to imagine. When the powerful use force to silence their critics, the world goes dark.”
ABS-CBN went off air on Tuesday night following the cease and desist order from the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC).
NTC ordered the network to stop operations due to the expiry of its legislative franchise on May 4, 2020. The shutdown covers five AM stations, 18 FM stations, and 42 TV stations.
This is the second time ABS-CBN was forced to close; the first time was in September 1972, when the then-President Ferdinand Marcos placed the country under martial law.