Members of the Christians for National Liberation in Panay and Guimaras denounced the cease and desist order against media giant ABS-CBN. Fr. Santiago Salvador, CNL-Panay and Guimaras Chairperson, labeled the shutdown as an attack against press freedom and civil liberties of almost 11,000 workers of the company.
“It trampled on democracy and press freedom as the masses are now denied access to entertainment and news especially in these trying times,” Salvador said, in a statement issued on May 10.
Fr. Salvador branded the NTC and congress as slaves of Duterte. “This is a play of power – a violation of constitutional guarantee of press freedom,” he added. Various Christian leaders and denominations have also issued support for the resumption of ABS-CBN operations. Among them are Bishop Romulo G. Valles, D.D., current president of the CBCP, Radyo Veritas, and Iglesia Filipina Independiente.
Fr. Salvador challenged the Church people and lay faithful to remain watchful.