ABS-CBN franchise killers lose in QC races

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Three of the lawmakers who voted against the renewal of ABS-CBN’s franchise failed in their electoral bids in Quezon City, which is where the network’s headquarters are located.

Anakalusugan Rep. Mike Defensor lost in the race to be the city’s next mayor, while Quezon City representatives Onxy Crisologo and Precious Castelo failed in their reelection bids.

Crisologo lost to actor Arjo Atayde, who stars in ABS-CBN shows.

Defensor was defeated by reelectionist Mayor Joy Belmonte, while Castelo was defeated by Ralph Tulfo.

This was not lost on netizens such as ABS-CBN reporter MJ Felipe and Twitter user @FilipinoScribe, who pointed out their defeat in their Twitter posts.

ABS-CBN supporters, including the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, earlier called on voters not to back the electoral bids of the lawmakers who played a hand in the network’s shutdown.

The House of Representatives rejected ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal in 2020 amid President Duterte’s tirades against the network, which he threatened to shut down.

The loss of the franchise affected 11,000 ABS-CBN workers.