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Jimmy Bondoc on freezing of ABS-CBN franchise bill: ‘Up to networks to be fair, just’

Jimmy Bondoc on freezing of ABS-CBN franchise

Image: Facebook/Jimmy Bondoc

The House of Representatives recently froze ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal, prompting singer Jimmy Bondoc to say such would not have happened if only TV networks followed “basic rules and laws.”

“Ayaw natin may mawalan ng trabaho (we don’t want anyone to lose his job),” Bondoc said via Facebook on June 12. “They can show GOOD FAITH by: paying debts complying with labor laws, changing their harmful internal culture, DEPOLITICIZING THE NEWS, and more.”

Bondoc made his post on Independence Day, as he shared about the connection of independence to the power such networks hold.

“For decades, our culture has been watered down, through the meddling of VARIOUS private and foreign interests. Why? Because Hegemons (look it up please) have used pop culture / arts to dominate over countries like ours,” he said. “Their hegemony is so well-executed that most of us DON’T KNOW that we are being manipulated.”

Bondoc said that pop culture and news affect people’s language, basic emotions and attitudes toward the police, among others. He added they also divide the people because some “arts” pander to the masses, while “Western Media” cater to the colonial mentality of the elite.

What power these networks hold. Yet, they are left in the hands of almost totally unregulated companies,” he said. “Of course, this will lead to abuse. OF COURSE. What do you expect? So, it is the State’s job to mitigate this.”

Bondoc clarified that freedom of speech should never be curtailed, but that it must also be regulated.

“There are lines which must never be crossed,” he said. “But from where I sit, I see those lines crossed everyday.”

In the end, Bondoc hoped the TV networks would “have a change of heart” since it is up to them to “finally decide to be fair and just.”  /ra

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