A Salute to the ABS-CBN production staff: Professional even up to the most difficult time of our lives
It was characteristic of the professionalism and courteousness of the ABS-CBN staff that even at the depths of their trials last night – while they were being forcibly signed off by the NTC of the Duterte government,
the DZMM news production assistant (of DZMM teleradyo of ABS-CBN) texted a third time that night. Earlier that evening,
they confirmed a morning interview for the next day on DZMM teleradyo’s 6:15am Kabayan show with Noli de Castro.
But right there, that evening,
Noli de Castro was already at the tailend
of the last broadcast
of the long-running TV Patrol
before it would go off-air
after 30 years of broadcasting,
his heart being wrenched by what he had to announce.
It was characteristic of the integrity of the ABS-CBN staff
that in the dying minutes
of the most important devotion
of their lives,
the staff texted again, not betraying a hint of any despair, remaining professional to the very end:
He expressed thanks for accepting the invitation,
and then apologized:
He apologized that the morning program would no longer be able to air. The Duterte government had shut them down — the government’s NTC had shut down DZMM and TV Channel 2.
How do you reply to a text like that?
i reiterated what any Filipino would say:
Lalaban tayo. We will fight back.
Once again, here is TV Patrol on their last broadcast, final 17 minutes before being forcibly signed off: