MANILA – Celebs, fans, as well as advocates have actually joined a trademark campaign urging Congress to renew the broadcasting franchise of television network ABS-CBN.

Amongst those that authorized for the 1 million signature application released by the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) by means of application site are celebrities Lea Salonga, Anne Curtis, Vice Ganda, and Ogie Alcasid.

The petition has actually amassed 128,275 signatures since uploading. An on-ground trademark campaign is also making rounds.

In a Twitter article, Salonga said she has “personal and professional factors” for sustaining the reason, while Showtime host Curtis fear that a franchise non-renewal ways lots of ABS-CBN employees will lose their tasks.

Yes, I have individual and also specialist factors for this. Not gon na exist.

— Lea Salonga (@MsLeaSalonga)

NUJP said the trademark project is a challenge to Congress to verify its independence and also to approve the media network’s franchise extension and leave its destiny to Head of state Rodrigo Duterte, that has actually repeatedly endangered to block the revival.

“We’re testing Congress not to be a stamp since they shouldn’t be a rubber stamp,” NUJP chairman Nonoy Espina stated.

“Provided the moment we have, we require to ramp it up yet we do wish that we might reach 1 million [signatures],” he included.

Legislators have yet to act on expenses looking for another 25-year franchise business for the network with just 23 normal session days left until its expiry.

Espina clarified that the dangers against ABS-CBN are additionally hazards to push freedom.

“I hope individuals comprehend that when we claim liberty of the press, it’s not simply about the freedom of the media. It has to do with the flexibility of the people to receive important information so they can determine on our cumulative future,” he stated.

“I assume the problem is unquestionable to individuals,” he included.

< img src=" -( 1). jpg" > A guy signs a request after a demonstration by the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines asking for Congress to extend ABS-CBN Corp.’s franchise which is readied to expire at the end of March this year, Jan. 17, 2019. Alec Corpuz, ABS-CBN News

Starlet Liza Soberano earlier interested Head of state Duterte earlier this month to reassess his stand on the media titan’s franchise business revival.

Duterte last Dec. 30 stated owners of ABS-CBN need to just market the network.

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