ABS-CBN’s got a friend in Jojo Binay
Former Vice President Jejomar Binay is so mad about the government’s surprise move to shut down ABS-CBN amid the pandemic.
The politiko and lawyer said the Tuesday closure was reminiscent of martial law nearly 50 years ago, with the curtailment of press freedom coming at a time when people badly needed it.
“We may argue on who bears greater responsibility for the closure of ABS CBN. But we cannot deny that the day the network went off the air 48 years ago was also the day democracy died,” Binay said. “We hope that the men and women of ABS CBN will continue to pursue the great calling of journalism in the service of the Filipino, especially in this period of uncertainty and anxiety over the COVID-19 pandemic and the creeping erosion of civil liberties, of which the network’s closure is an eloquent example.”