Rep. Vilma Santos: ABS-CBN closure will have domino effect on employees’ families

Published July 14, 2020, 12:24 PM

by Jeffrey Damicog

House Deputy Speaker and Batangas 6th District Representative Vilma Santos-Recto said on Tuesday that it is not just the 11,000 employees who will be affected by the closure of ABS-CBN but the domino effect will hit the employees’ families.

Employees and supporters of local television network ABS-CBN hold placards as they protest in front of the House of Representatives in Manila on July 10, 2020. (Photo by Miggy HILARIO / AFP / MANILA BULLETIN)

 “Domino yan (It’s a domino effect),” the legislator explained during an interview over CNN Philippines.

“Hindi lang yang 11,000 employees na yan, may mga pamilya yan na affected (It’s not just the 11,000 employees, they also have families that will be affected),” said Santos-Recto who was among 11 legislators who voted in favor of granting the renewal of the network’s legislative franchise.

The actress-turned-politician also defended her position amid allegations of personal interest, having worked with the media giant before.

The lawmaker pointed out that addressing the current pandemic also involves job security at ABS-CBN amid the rising number of unemployment.

 “With the closure of the network, it is very obvious that it is going to be an additional 11,000 employees ang mawawalan ng trabaho at kakailanganin naman ito bigyan ng trabaho (this is an additional 11,000 who lost their jobs and we need to find them work),” Santos-Recto said.

“Hindi madali yun with the present situation (That is difficult under the present situation),” she added.

Santos-Recto expressed hope that her fellow legislators won’t get back at her for supporting the legislative franchise renewal of ABS-CBN.

“I hope hindi naman mangyari yun (I hope it won’t happen),” she said in response to the possibility of getting removed as deputy speaker.

“So totoo lang, sa Kongreso, nagrerespetuhan naman kami kung ano ang opinyon at side ng isa’t isa (In truth, in Congress, we respect each other’s opinion and sides),” the lawmaker said.