The biggest network in the Philippines is now also at the center of a trial by publicity, with netizens tweeting by the thousands about ABS-CBN’s alleged violations of the Constitution that caused the hashtag #YesToShutdownabscbn to trend on Twitter on Wednesday (February 12).
The Kapamilya network became a top Trending in Philippines topic after the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) filed a quo warranto petition seeking the revocation of ABS-CBN’s franchise before the Supreme Court (SC), as well as a Manila Times report saying the corporation is now partly owned by foreigners, which violates the Constitution.
While some tweets directly attacked ABS-CBN over the alleged infractions committed by the network, some urged its management to use this opportunity to clear its name in court.
@Boymejo, for instance, said: “Sabi ng ABS-CBN wala silang nilabag na batas. Ok. Prove that to the Supreme Court. If you are right, the SC will just dump the Quo Warranto Petition of SolGen Calida. It’s that simple. Stop whining.”
One of the most retweeted tweets was that of @Dutertenomics, which stated: “It is not about saving the employees of ABS-CBN, this is the wrong narrative created by ABS-CBN to cover their illegal acts against the People of the Philippines. This is all about doing what is right and just according to the law of the land.”
Even the talents of ABS-CBN like Vice Ganda and Regine Velasquez were attacked in the thread. @Djigd11 said: “it’s time to shut it down para naman mawala na si vice s TV puro lang kabaklaan turo s mga kabataan live national TV tinuturuan mga kabataan makipag relasyon s kapwa lalaki nakakasuka.”
Regine received plenty of rebuttals for her tweet: “Paano ang Pinoy kung walang Cardo, Vice Ganda, KathNiel?”