May 23, 2019

Angel Locsin v. Jimmy Bondoc: THINK, ANGEL, THINK!


Angel Locsin's retort to Jimmy Bondoc's post is disappointing, to say the least.

Background

Singer Jimmy Bondoc in a 22 May 2019 post said he's "excited to see the biggest tv network close down".


Bondoc raised three core issues concerning the network:

  • Rigged contests that are "manipulated to suit the whims of hidden bosses" or whose winners are pre-determined,
  • News for sale, where the "highest bidder gets the (favorable) slant" and where "foreign groups are usually the victors",
  • "Countless victims", ranging "from sexual harrassment to plain and simple bullying"

ABS-CBN actress Angel Locsin reacts

While he didn't name which network it is, I think we all know he's referring to the media giant ABS-CBN that's under threat of closure after its 25-year congressional franchise expire in 2020 because earlier this year, Pres. Duterte said he'll object to the renewal of its franchise as he accused the network of swindling public funds.

In retaliation to Bondoc, ABS-CBN actress Angel Locsin said:
"The network might not be perfect but for you to be happy about thousands of people losing their jobs is pure evil."



I find Locsin's reaction utterly amusing. I mean, did she just downplay criminal acts?

Locsin presumably read the entirety of Bondoc's post. While she admitted that the "the network might not be perfect", she never denied the widespread sexual harrassment, bullying, and criminal fraud that Bondoc accused the network of.

Did Locsin just dismiss these patently felonious practices as mere "imperfections"?

Surely, sexual harassment, criminal fraud and bullying are issues that can never be justified because the networks creates "thousands of jobs", right?

First, Sexual harassment

Locsin’s words remind me of the Zamboanga del Norte Congressman Romeo Jalosjos.

As described in People v Jalosjos, Jalosjos in 1996 raped an 11-year-old girl in at least nine separate occasions, for which he was sentenced to decades of imprisonment.

The same Supreme Court decisions states that Jalosjos gave the girl an allowance every time he rapes her.

For example:
“…he asked her to fondle his penis while he caressed her breasts and inserted his finger into her vagina. After their shower, accused-appellant ate breakfast. He gave Rosilyn P5,000.00…”
Going by Locsin’s logic, Jalosjos “might not be perfect” but for us to be happy that the girl can’t have a few thousand pesos every time she’s raped is pure evil.

You are a woman, Miss Locsin, you should know better.

Miss Locsin, you didn’t think that one through.

As for News for Sale and Bullying...


Angel never denied Bondoc’s accusation that the network slants news in favor of the highest bidder and just like Bondoc’s accusation of widespread sexual harassment in the firm.

Instead, Locsin very conveniently used the term “imperfect” to describe the network. Ain’t that a little too easy, Miss Locsin? ABS-CBN News reaches millions of Filipinos on a daily basis. Did you, Miss Locsin, belittle the catastrophic effects of widespread disinformation just because ABS-CBN provides “thousands of jobs”?

And bullying, geez! Miss Locsin, no less than your father is a Person with Disability (PWD), and we all know that PWDs are very common victims of bullying. That’s why I was shocked to discover that you simply ignored Bondoc’s allegations of widespread bullying in ABS-CBN.

Have you nothing to say about the cases ABS-CBN anchor Gretchen Fullido filed against several network executives and Ces Oreña-Drilon? A regional trial court has already indicted them on at least one of those cases, yet as far as I can recall, you said NOTHING about it.

Moreover, while I couldn’t care less about whoever wins whatever ABS-CBN contest, I am just surprised to discover that you ignored Bondoc’s allegation that the network or its executives rig contests, as you yourself are a judge of the ABS-CBN'S Pilipinas Got Talent.


Miss Locsin, you’re either severely hypocritical or aggressively ignorant.

But I'm not done yet.

On swindling public funds

Pres. Duterte accused ABS-CBN of swindling government funds. Angel, being a politically active aware individual after endorsing her nephew Neri Colmenares’ 2019 senatorial bid, should also be aware of this..


Citing massive unpaid loans from the government-owned Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Pres. Rody Duterte on 06 March 2019 said he will oppose attempts to renew the congressional franchise of Lopez-owned media giant ABS-CBN.

PRRD TO OPPOSE ABS-CBN FRANCHISE RENEWAL
PRRD TO OPPOSE ABS-CBN FRANCHISE RENEWAL

Citing massive unpaid loans from the Development Bank of the Philippines, Pres. Rody Duterte said he will oppose attempts to renew the congressional franchise of media giant ABS-CBN.

PRRD said, "The franchise is up for renewal. You ask if I'll object? Yes, I will object! Unang-una, yung utang nila (sa DBP), tablahin natin yan?"

[TRANSLATION: The franchise is up for renewal. You ask if I'll object? Yes, I will object! First of all, their (DBP) loan, should we just forget about it?]

PRRD said during the 1st Anniversary celebration of the Presidential Anti-corruption Commission held in Malacañang on 06 March 2019.

ABS-CBN's 25-year congressional franchise expires in 2020 and it needs to be renewed for the media giant to continue TV operations..

TV franchises are given via Republic Acts passed by Congress. PRRD, as the Chief Executive, has the option to veto Republic Acts.
Posted by Thinking Pinoy on Wednesday, March 6, 2019
PRRD said:
"The franchise is up for renewal. You ask if I'll object? Yes, I will object! Unang-una, yung utang nila (sa DBP), tablahin natin yan?" 
[TRANSLATION: The franchise is up for renewal. You ask if I'll object? Yes, I will object! First of all, their (DBP) loan, should we just forget about it?]
ABS-CBN's 25-year congressional franchise expires in 2020 and it needs to be renewed for the media giant to continue TV operations. TV franchises are given via Republic Acts passed by Congress... and PRRD, as the Chief Executive, has the option to veto Republic Acts.

Here's a partial list of unpaid DBP loans secured by the ABS-CBN owners Lopez Group:


1: Maynilad Water Services, Inc.: P710.86 million

Loan granted in 2001 and started to default in 2003. The Lopezes controlled maynilad until 2006. DMCI Homes and MVP's Metro Pacific Investments Corporation took over in 2007.


2: Bayan Telecommunications, Inc. (BayanTel): P591.81 million

Loan granted in 1995 and started to default in 2001. The Lopezes controlled Bayantel until Globe Telecom started to take over in 2012, with the government finally approving the takeover bid in 2015.


3: Central CATV Inc. (SKYcable)—P207.10 million

Loan granted in 1997 and started to default in 2001. The Lopezes control Skycable a.k.a. Central CATV Inc up to this day.


4: Benpres Holdings Corporation (Lopez Group of Companies)—P157. 95 million

Then called Benpres Holdings, DBP granted the loan in 1996. default started in 2002. The Lopez Group owns ABS-CBN, among Others.
The said DBP loans are over P1.67 billion in total.


Given these, did Locsin just say that we should overlook ABS-CBN’s failure to pay P1.67 billion owed to the Filipino People just because ABS-CBN provides “thousands of jobs”?

Miss Locsin, you didn’t think that one through.

Your nephew, the losing Otso Diretso senatoriable Neri Colmenares loves to paint himself as an anti-corruption advocate. By very publicly endorsing Colmenares, I can only surmise that you yourself are against corruption, right?

Now, how would you reconcile your anti-corruption stance with either your ignorance of matters that directly concern you or your giving a cold shoulder to what could be a monumental case of corruption?

Miss Locsin, you’re either severely hypocritical or aggressively ignorant, so to give you the benefit of the doubt, let’s just say you didn’t think that one through.

“Thousands of Jobs”

Regardless of the points I raised in the previous sections, I cannot just ignore the fact that ABS-CBN does provide thousands of jobs of Filipinos.

My problem with your argument, however, is your apparent incognizance of the widespread and long-standing labor issues plaguing the network, specifically its Internal Job Market (IJM).


In 2010, ABS-CBN IJM Workers’ Union blasted the network for alleged unjust dismissals and worker harassment.

Union president Antonio Perez claimed that management had discriminately terminated, delayed, or rearranged work schedules of dozens of ABS-CBN IJM workers [ABS].

In a statement, the workers’ union said:
“The management only offered… regular status to selected workers, and it entails waiver of all complaints of the worker against the management, no back-pay or recognition of the delayed regular status supposed to be granted for those who served for long years already, among other conditions.”
Let’s cite another case, just for kicks.
In Fulache v ABS-CBN, where the Supreme Court said ABS-CBN “forgot labor law and its realities” and that it “acted with patent bad faith” in the case involving several retrenched cameramen, editors, and drivers, who accused the network of violating laws on regularization and engaging in unfair labor practices. 
The High Court ruled in favor of the unjustly terminated employees and ordered the network to pay damages.
Miss Locsin, you may have a distorted idea of the quality of the “thousands of jobs” that ABS-CBN offers, maybe because you only know of the rates paid to pretty frontline employees like you, but are you aware of the plight of those who work behind the camera?

Again, Miss Locsin, you’re either severely hypocritical or aggressively ignorant, so to give you the benefit of the doubt, let’s just say you didn’t think that one through too.

Think, Miss Locsin, think... and only after then should you talk. Don't contribute to the misinformation. Please try to see beyond your nose.

I do not expect omniscience on your part but please, read up a bit. [ThinkingPinoy | RJ Nieto]


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