“I admire your courage po pero huwag exag.”
GMA 7 head writer Suzette Doctolero countered a statement that actress Angel Locsin made during the noise barrage on Saturday night to protest ABS-CBN’s franchise denial.
In a now-viral public Facebook post on Sunday, the Encantadia and My Husband’s Lover screenwriter said that while she admires Angel’s courage to speak up for GMA’s rival network 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.
Posted on Angel’s official Facebook page, the statement was part of her speech in support of ABS-CBN employees now at risk of losing their jobs. She said she has no shares and no existing contract with ABS-CBN but has decided to speak up for the sake of its people.
“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,” Angel was quoted as saying.
In reaction, Doctolero questioned Angel’s statement, claiming that she already had a substantial net worth before she transferred from GMA to ABS-CBN because she was then the Kapuso network’s prized star.
She said (published as is): “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.”
She, nevertheless, encouraged Angel to continue the fight but without going overboard with her statement. “But go, tuloy ang laban, gurl. Wag lang oa sa mga statement. Sa truth lang tayo, yes!”
She also reminded Angel that it was GMA that first made her “Darna”, an iconic superhero role that continues to be identified with her to this day.
“Btw, ginawa ka naming Darna. I’m glad na until now ay nakakabit sa iyo ang pagiging superhero… kaya sana konting lingon naman ng konti sa pinanggalingan at huwag magsisinungaling ha? Ang totoong hero ay may integredad at di liar, di ba?”
The post has since received over 3,500 reactions and over 100 comments, including from lawyer Annette Gozon, daughter of GMA Network chairman Felipe Gozon, who wrote: “Sayang kapag may mga exag na statements. Falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus,” referring to the Latin phrase and legal principle “false in one thing, false in everything”.
In a separate Facebook post, Doctolero urged Angel to address public records that she is among the Top 100 shareholders of the network.
“Saka anong wala kang share? Ano ito?? Totoo ba ito o fake news? Tsk. Masisira ka yata sa mga padrama mo oy. Ayos na lumaban ka pero wag po sanang liar? Kung totoo man ito ha?” she said.
On Twitter, Doctolero also defended her Facebook posts from bashers, saying she’s not against Angel fighting for her network per se, but only the “walang-wala” remark.
As of writing, Angel has yet to respond to the posts.
The actress has been one of more prominent Kapamilya celebrities rallying behind ABS-CBN throughout its franchise fight.
During her speech on Saturday night, the actress also called out her fellow actors who have remained silent even after the House of Representatives rejected the media giant’s application for a fresh 25-year franchise.