Neil Arce defends Angel Locsin’s ABS-CBN protest speech: ‘Hindi ito network war, wag makisawsaw’


Film producer Neil Arce defended his fiancée Angel Locsin on Sunday following a now-viral post of a GMA 7 head writer criticizing the actress’ statement during ABS-CBN’s protest on Saturday night. Locsin has been joining the series of noise barrage to denounce the congress’ rejection of her home network’s franchise renewal bid.

In a public Facebook post on Sunday, the Encantadia screenwriter Suzette Doctolero said that while she admires Angel’s courage to speak up for ABS-CBN and its workers, she urged the actress to stick to the “truth”.

Doctolero particularly took exception with Angel’s statement that it was ABS-CBN who gave her work and helped her when her family had nothing.

“Wala akong shares sa ABS-CBN, wala akong kontrata pero itong mga taong ‘to sila yung nagbigay ng trabaho sa akin, sila yung tumulong sa akin nung walang-wala ang pamilya ko,” Locsin was quoted as saying in a speech supporting Kapamilya employees now at risk of losing their jobs following the non-renewal of its franchise.

Doctolero said, “A e I admire your courage po pero huwag exag. Kumita ka ng sobrang laki sa GMA. Malaki ang net worth mo nung lumipat ka sa kabila. Sa totoo lang tayo ha. Kaloka.

“Though baka naman din kasi sa sobrang silakbo lang ng damdamin mo kaya mo siguro nasabi ang tila yata kasinungalingan na padrama mo na ito, right? Pero, gurl, we know at ng BIR na di ka patay gutom nung lumipat ka sa kabila, teh.”

“But go, tuloy ang laban, gurl. Wag lang oa sa mga statement. Sa truth lang tayo, yes!”

As of writing, Locsin has not responded to the post, but her fiancé readily took up the cudgels for her via Twitter.

Without directly addressing Doctolero, Arce slammed her posts, telling her not to get involved as the issue is not about the network war.

“She was talking about the employees, the staff, the directors, creatives, producers, PA’s. Film and entertainment industry po. Hindi ito network war. ‘Wag makisawsaw,” Arce began in a series of tweets.

He also addressed her other post wherein Doctolero asked the actress to address a public record that named her as one of ABS-CBN’s Top 100 shareholders.

“She let go of her shares, that she hasn’t even paid for, waaaaay before ABS shutdown. You can check. :),” he noted.

In another tweet, Arce reiterated that Angel’s statement was about the entertainment industry in general.

“Gawa kayo soap para may trabaho mga tao ninyo masyado ka na ata bored ma’am. Last night wasn’t about networks, it was about the industry. Now the past tweets… it’s about you!”

Doctolero didn’t back down from her statements either.

Reacting to Arce’s tweet, she commented: “But the statement wasn’t about the industry, dear, it’s a false statement aimed para magdrama to elicit awa, anetch? Ok lang nga lumalaban! Wag lang magbigay false statement. O me natulong ba? O nakasira? Wag na depensa. Sorry lang o kaya ayusin next time.”

Locsin has been one of the more prominent Kapamilya artists who have rallied behind ABS-CBN throughout its franchise fight.

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