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Speaking Up: What Happened on July 10, 2020? | Philippines

Okay, I honestly couldn’t type a good introduction for this post. I am trying so hard not to cry and to be rational in every word I put out here. I know most of my readers are not from the Philippines but I just have to write about this. My heart aches so much and it will ache more when I choose not to speak up especially knowing that I have a platform to use and the audience this could reach. Now if you’re wondering what happened to the Philippines on July 10, 2020? Continue reading.

The New York Times
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All photos are linked directly to the site where you can read the news. It’s better if you read them first before proceeding in this post.

As you can see in these news headlines, the Philippine Congress officially shuts down ABS-CBN, denying its franchise renewal. After 13 hearings, most of the members of the House committee voted to deny ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal. The final breakdown of votes are as follows: YES – 70; NO – 11; ABSTAIN – 1; INHIBIT – 2.

The rejection of ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal is a huge threat to press freedom.

There are 11,000 employees working at ABS-CBN and our own government chose to take their jobs away from them. Aside from that, they also chose to deprive millions of Filipinos our right to know and right to information. The 70 congressmen who voted yes are enemies of press freedom; enemies of democracy.

July 10, 2020. ABS-CBN was shut down. 11,000 Filipinos lost their jobs. The government tries to silence millions of Filipinos- but it won’t happen.

Living in the Philippines is like every day, you’ll get a shocking and bad news that you get immune by it and you won’t be surprised nor disappointed anymore. There’s literally like no single day, ever since this lockdown and quarantine started, that there are no news about our politicians being a joke. News come up every day about selective justices wherein the people in power can get away from their violations and the ordinary are detained or arrested for a violation they did not even commit.

Take for example, the case of NCRPO Chief Debold Sinas and journalist Howie Severino. Sinas was not detained for breaching quarantine protocols by conducting a birthday party or a mañanita. Still no charges filed against him as of now. Whilst Severino was arrested for lowering down his face mask to drink water. Selective justice, eh? If you’re not mad about this, I don’t know anymore.

There are still a lot of other social and political issues going around like protesters being arrested for not having social distancing when in fact, they do better than the policemen. But let’s go back to ABS-CBN’s shut down and my one question is:

Why now in the middle of a pandemic?

There are a lot of Filipinos who are probably starving right now and there’s a huge increase of positive COVID-19 cases everyday. As of now, July 11, 2020, there are 54, 222 confirmed cases in the Philippines.

We receive all this, the terror bill which is also now approved as a law and ABS-CBN’s shut down. But what we don’t receive is a concrete plan on handling this pandemic. People are dying every day because of the virus and yet, our government does its best to silence our voices, silence our calls. But we won’t stop talking. We will continue speaking up on how our government is not for the Filipino people anymore. We will continue to educate and be educated. Most of all, we will never forget.

I am fuming mad about what’s happening in my country right now. I really can’t help but wonder why our politicians choose to just be politicians. Because in these trying times, we need leaders. Leaders who will uphold the people’s call.

July 10, 2020. We raise our voices higher. We will never forget.

#ResistTyranny #OustDuterte #StopTheAttacks #IbalikAngABSCBN #DefendPressFreedom

Thank you so much for reading. I know I just can’t continue talking about lifestyle and other positive things in this blog knowing that me and my fellow countrymen are at stake. I am also NOT sorry for speaking up so if you don’t like reading about social issues or politics, feel free to unsubscribe. Still, thank you to everyone who read this post. Let us continue to educate and be educated. Peace out!

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  1. Thank you for speaking up for our fellow-countryman. I am with you in this matter, keep going but pls stay safe and alert 🥺 love youu💕

  2. I’m so sorry about this Jirah. Sadly, our world is just evil. Period. But there is always hope in Jesus. “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” John 16:33. I am praying for you! 💛

    1. I agree! The verse you gave is really comforting. Thank you so much, Hope! You truly remind me of hope in this world. 💗

      1. Aw I’m so glad! Thank you Jirah 💛

  3. Well done for speaking out, I am sending so much love to you and your country <3 I will educate myself more on this! <3 thanks for speaking up x

    1. Thank you so much, Jennie! I always appreciate you trying to be educated about the social issues happening around. 💗✨

      1. Sending lots of love! & thank you for sharing & speaking out, it’s so so important. Whatever I can do <3

  4. I admire your boldness and courage for sharing this Jirah. It’s so sad that press freedom is still rebuked in this age.

    1. Thank you so much for reading, Eromonsele! I don’t really know what’s the reason why but it saddens and angers me a lot. 😖💔

  5. I am so glad you spoke up about this because I had no idea!! Selective justice is so unfair and the Philippines should definitely have access to news from around the world. Thanks for standing up! <3 Lots of love from Canada.

    1. Thank you so much for reading, Bayance! Selective justice is injustice, and we really deserve better than this. 😔 Thanks as well for commenting. Hugs.

  6. Thank you so much for using your voice to raise awareness, and for sharing it on here so we could also get to know more about what is happening. It is terrible to see this happening.

    1. Thank you so much for reading, Arshia! I know and it saddens me a lot. 🙁

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  8. I’m so sorry, Jirah. It must be so scary to see all these freedoms get taken away. Thank you for educating all of us international readers on what is going on in your country. Stay safe.

    1. Thank you so much for reading, Joy! Yes, we really do have to speak up about this. And no worries— I have to thank you for sending your empathy! Stay safe, too. ✨

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