By Leslie Ann Aquino
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People (CBCP ECMI) is for the renewal of the franchise of ABS CBN.
In a statement, ECMI vice chairman Bishop Ruperto Santos said they support the renewal of the franchise of the television network as it gives joy and hope to overseas Filipino workers via its The Filipino Channel.
“ABS CBN is their hope and joy amidst the pain of separation with their families and hard work from their employers,” he said.
“With TFC, our OFWs can connect themselves with what is happening in our country, and find themselves still united, identified with us here,” added Santos.
With the network, the Balanga prelate said OFWs find themselves still at home, one, and united with their fellow Filipinos even when they are thousand miles away.
Bishop Santos also shared how Filipinos already born in Italy can still speak Tagalog because of TFC.
The franchise of ABS-CBN is set to expire on March 30.
There are at least 10 separate bills calling for the extension of ABS-CBN’s franchise that are pending at the House of Representatives.