ABS-CBN stars voice out their frustration on Jimmy Bondoc remarks
Manila, Philippines — Kapamilya stars defended their home network, ABS-CBN, against singer and known President Rodrigo Duterte supporter Jimmy Bondoc in his statement saying he is excited to see “the biggest TV network close down.”
Bondoc earlier posted on his Facebook account his excitement to see ABS-CBN to finally shutdown. He was talent on the network for years appearing in different shows such as “ASAP” and “It’s Showtime.”
“I am so excited to see the biggest tv network close down. This company is a snake pit, where success is based on politics and sexual favors. NOBODY dares to talk about it because they either benefit from it, or they would rather not have them as enemies,” Bondoc wrote.
Kapamilya actress Angel Locsin fired back against Bondoc’s statement saying a line on his famous song “Let Me Be The One.”
“Let me be the one to break this news to you so you don’t have to make excuses. The network might not be perfect but for you to be happy about thousands of people losing their jobs is pure evil. Maybe you’re just having a bad day. I will pray for you,” Locsing wrote on her Twitter account.
“Nung sumikat ka ba may na experience ka na sexual harassment? If yes i encourage you and all the victims to report this to the police. But generalizing that sexual favor is a prerequisite to success is just wrong,” she added on another tweet.
Singer Angeline Quinto also aired her frustration on Bondoc’s comment saying she was saddened by the singer’s statement.
“Nalulungkot ako kasi ABS-CBN ang naging pangalawang tahanan ko, Oo hindi pa ako kasing tagal ng ibang nagtatrabaho sa estasyon na ito, pero para ganun ang maging hiling mo para sa ABS-CBN hindi ko kaya Kuya,” she wrote on now deleted post on Facebook.
“Puro english ang post mo, isang bagay lang ang itatanong ko, nasaan ang salitang utang na loob sa pagkatao mo,” she added.
Sunshine Cruz also shared her experience with ABS-CBN saying how it helped her in her trouble days.
“Year 2013. Nung panahong lugmok ako, walang pera, walang matirahan, ABS-CBN ang nagbigay ng tsansa na makabalik ang isang katulad kong bagsak na bagsak ang moral. I will always be GRATEFUL to them. Naitaguyod ko ang aking tatlong maliliit na anak, nakapundar ako ng maayos na tahanan na aming tinitirahan ngayon. At nakakakakain kami ng nasa oras dahil sa pagtitiwala ng ABS-CBN sa isang katulad ko,” she said.
“Hindi ako kailanman magagalak na mawalan ng trabaho o pangkabuhayan ang nakararaming tao na nagtatrabaho ng maayos para matulungan ang kanilang pamilya dahil kailanman ay hindi ito tama,” she added.
She added that people should not celebrate other people’s misfortune and instead be grateful on how the network shaped their careers.
“Guys, freelance artist po ako. I have worked with both networks. Grateful sa parehong networks for the work and chance. Marunong lang po tayong tumanaw ng utang na loob sa mga tao na naging bahagi ng ating growth at success. Hindi dapat ipagbunyi ang pagkawala o pagsasara ng isang company na nakakatulong sa maraming tao at pamilya,” Cruz said.
Singer Ronnie Liang also wrote on his Twitter account disagreeing with Bondoc’s statement saying they should be grateful to the network for providing them livelihood.
“I Disagree w/ Jimmy Bondoc,bro we should thank #abscbn for helping people to achieve their dreams giving them hope&chance to share their talents,we should be grateful as well to them for being productive & serving the filipino people worldwide providing us alot of awesome shows,” Liang wrote.
Gary Valenciano, meanwhile, said he was surprised and saddened over Bondoc’s tirade against the station.
In a report by Rappler, Gary said in a press conference Bondoc doesn’t seem to be the singer he once knew.
“I don’t know exactly why would Jimmy exactly come out so boldy and to say such things. But something must have happened, something must have heard from him to become that way. Because that doesn’t seem [like] the Jimmy I once knew,” Gary said.
“So nakakabigla and I knew it was going to create a lot of waves — whether it’s people in the industry or even people outside of the industry,” he added.
Bondoc was a known supporter of President Duterte. After winning the elections last 2016, Duterte appointed Bondoc as vice president for Entertainment in the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation.