Singer-turned-government official Jimmy Bondoc is now under fire especially from Kapamilya stars over his allegations against a TV network.
It began when Bondoc posted a screenshot of an ABS-CBN News article, claiming it was “malicious.” What earned the attention of many was when he accompanied it with a caption that read: “I will eagerly await your demise… I eagerly await your extinction.”
Recall that President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to block ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal, which is expiring in 2020.
Bondoc, a staunch supporter of the president and appointed vice president for entertainment of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR), accused a network of rigging contests and selling out news in favor of the highest bidder. He also claimed there are countless victims of sexual harassment and bullying inside its premises.
“I am so excited to see the biggest tv network close down,” he said in a separate Facebook post, though he didn’t cite ABS-CBN directly. “This company is a snake pit, where success is based on politics and sexual favors.
“NOBODY dares to talk about it because they either benefit from it, or they would rather not have them as enemies.”
“ART and CULTURE have been ruined by this network. Our moral fiber as a nation, too. Wide-eyed kids seek dreams and fall in line, not knowing the hell that their lives will be plunged into.
“They have contests where the winners have been pre-determined, or are manipulated to suit the whims of the hidden bosses.
“Their news is for sale, highest bidder gets the slant. And foreign groups are usually the victors.
“I AM EAGERLY AWAITING YOUR DEMISE. I know how this sounds. And I know the nasty comments which are bound to come. I don’t care. If you think COMELEC is bad, wait until you see the real machinery that is known as “the biggest network.”
“This is not schadenfreude. This is hope! This is for real change. You have COUNTLESS VICTIMS, from sexual harassment to plain and simple bullying.
“I am so happy that your time has come.”
Angel fires back
Jimmy’s post earned the ire of ABS-CBN talent Angel Locsin.
On Twitter, the actress took inspiration from Bondoc’s hit song “Let Me Be The One” and reminded the singer that thousands of jobs are at stake.
“Let me be the one to break this news to you so you don’t have to make excuses. The network might not be perfect but for you to be happy about thousands of people losing their jobs is pure evil. Maybe you’re just having a bad day. I will pray for you,” she wrote.
Locsin also urged him to report his sexual harassment claims to authorities.
“Nung sumikat ka ba may na experience ka na sexual harassment? If yes i encourage you and all the victims to report this to the police. But generalizing that sexual favor is a prerequisite to success is just wrong.”
Bondoc then took to Facebook and clarified his statement. Calling Locsin “Mam,” he wrote (published as is):
“1) all due respect to you;
“2) In my opinion, it was not a generalization, but rather a recognition of its existence. However, generalized or not, one case of verified harassment is one too many, personal or not;
“3) it is not about “pagsikat.” It is more about many people who do NOT make it because they do not acquiesce;
“4) I do not believe na “sumikat” po ako, and I think this is beside the point.
“5) Filing a case under Art. 245 or 336 or Ra 7877 is not an option for most artists who are usually too young to know better. There are social repercussions that a teen or 20-something year old would not be equipped to handle.
“There is a case filed now, as far as I know, by a more known personality. But the case might not be open for discussion being sub judice.
“To be clear, the post was not meant to apply to the artists or the hapless employees. It is about the system, and the consequences of the unwarranted benefits that I BELIEVE this network has received from past administrations. But of course, I expected the negative reactions. So be it.”
“Mam Angel, isang huling sagot po. At pasensya na, hindi ako ma Twitter masyado. At kung sino man ang maka basa nito, paki send na lang po kay Mam, with all due respect:
“1) Why would I be happy for loss of jobs? That is a false assumption. Kayo po ang nag-generalize, hindi ako.
When a network (any network) closes, it can mean a change of management or ownership.
Ibig po sabihin, deserving employees would probably be retained. Therefore, there is nothing in my post that connotes happiness over the termination of employees, but rather, the termination of the network’s system;
“2) Thank you for your prayers, although I am not having a bad day. But prayers are always needed especially if sincere.
“3) let me ask: if u acknowledge the imperfection of the network, do you have any comments on the acquisition of ownership by its current owners in light of the allegations that it was transferred to them to the disadvantage of the government?
Locsin issued her “final statement” on the issue, Thursday night.
She wrote on Twitter: “As you said ‘when a network closes it can mean a change of management or ownership’ keyword is can. I’m speaking for the thousands of employees that will have no job security if this happens.”
“The assumption I gave I coming from your statement that you are excited for the network to CLOSE. I am not a lawyer nor am I a politician. I have no knowledge of how it was acquired.”
On allegations of sexual harassment and rigged contests, Locsin encouraged Bondoc to report it to proper authorities.
“Don’t just rant on Facebook. Your rant discredits the artists the truly worked hard to get to where they are,” she said. “…Magtulungan tayo at huwag magsiraan. Let’s not wish ill of others rather let’s look for the proper solution. And yes, I was sincere when I said I will pray for you. Have a good day.”
Other celebs react
Some Kapamilya stars couldn’t help but react and share their experiences amid Bondoc’s post about franchise renewal of ABS-CBN.
Sunshine Cruz wrote on Facebook:
“Share ko lang po. Year 2013. Nung panahong lugmok ako, walang pera, walang matirahan, ABS-CBN ang nagbigay ng tsansa na makabalik ang isang katulad kong bagsak na bagsak ang moral.
“I will always be GRATEFUL to them. Naitaguyod ko ang aking tatlong maliliit na anak, nakapundar ako ng maayos na tahanan na aming tinitirahan ngayon. At nakakakakain kami ng nasa oras dahil sa pagtitiwala ng ABS-CBN sa isang katulad ko. Hindi ako kailanman magagalak na mawalan ng trabaho o pangkabuhayan ang nakararaming tao na nagtatrabaho ng maayos para matulungan ang kanilang pamilya dahil kailanman ay hindi ito tama.”
Angeline Quinto, on the other hand, directly addressed Bondoc.
“Bilang isang singer, hindi ko kinakaya ang nakikita kong post na galing sayo Kuya. Hinahangaan pa naman din kita bilang katrabaho at bilang kaibigan. Nalulungkot ako kasi ABS-CBN ang naging pangalawang tahanan ko, Oo hindi pa ako kasing tagal ng ibang nagtatrabaho sa estasyon na ito, pero para ganun ang maging hiling mo para sa ABS-CBN hindi ko kaya Kuya. Ang dami kong naging pamilya sa estasyon na ito at dinamay mo sila lahat,” she said.
“Puro english ang post mo, isang bagay lang ang itatanong ko, nasaan ang salitang utang na loob sa pagkatao mo.”
Deo Endrinal, ABS-CBN executive at pinuno ng Dreamscape Entertainment, also shared his sentiments. On Facebook, he posted photos of Bondoc’s project with the network.
He accompanied it with a caption: “Thousands of us working in ABS-CBN are thankful for the many oppurtunities, I think you should be thankful too.”
“Sir Deo, boss, amo… linawin lang natin.
“1) Gratitude to the many good people in a certain network has NOTHING TO DO with the malicious news and info and alleged harassment cases that occur in its rooms;
“2) It also has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO with the alleged unlawful transfer of a network’s ownership to the unwarranted benefit of a few individuals. That is for the courts to decide. And the grant or extension of a permit is the government’s prerogative.
“3) Lastly, jobs need not be lost if there is a change of ownership. Bakit tatanggalin ang mga walang kasalanan? And if illegally removed, meron namang legal recourse ang employees.”
“Are you saying that for example- KUNG MAPATUNAYAN nga na hindi makatarungan ang pag-ari ng isang indibidwal sa isang network, kakampi pa rin kayo sa lumabag sa batas?
“Tanong lang po, boss sir amo chief.”
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