ABS-CBN closure a defining moment for lawmakers' careers, Korina Sanchez says

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Veteran journalist Korina Sanchez-Roxas

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 8) – ABS-CBN should not have been closed, veteran journalist Korina Sanchez-Roxas said, with all eyes now on lawmakers to set things right.

Speaking to CNN Philippines' The Source, the TV host and former Kapamilya news anchor said that the media giant's shutdown should be taken seriously by members of Congress and the public, adding that this could be a make or break for their careers.

"If they believe that this is but a moment in their careers as politicians and (for) all the good men of the Duterte administration... If they believe that this is a glitch, a hiccup or just a moment in their lives, then they are deluding themselves," she said in an interview Friday.

"I happen to believe that what they do now and the choices that they make will define them. This moment in history will be in esteemed journals, it will be online forever. This is also what will define their children and their families will carry (this) forever. Do the right thing and stand for something that they believe in," the 55-year-old broadcaster added.

ABS-CBN stopped its TV and radio broadcasts on Tuesday night, hours after the National Telecommunications Commission issued a cease and desist order to the network as its franchise expired Monday. The order came as a shock, as the regulator committed to the House of Representatives in March that it will issue a provisional authority to keep the network on air.

"It’s really a big historic event that ABS-CBN had gone... I am at a loss, I am baffled – I’m not very surprised, I’m just baffled how this could happen," she said.

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Blame has been placed on the House of Representatives, which is mandated to start all discussions involving legislative franchises. The chamber has sat on proposals granting another 25 years for the Lopez-owned network's continued operations.

Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano – an ally of President Rodrigo Duterte, who earlier vowed to ensure the network's franchise will not be renewed – insisted as the license was nearing expiration that they had to attend to more pressing issues. Cayetano pointed to the relief for displaced families due to the Taal volcano eruption and later, the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Sanchez-Roxas has been with ABS-CBN for over 30 years, but has since taken a backseat and is now hosting a lifestyle show airing Sunday nights. But that didn't stop her from defending the embattled network.

"The closure of ABS-CBN is a big deal and these are the defining moments in history when it could not be gray… It’s right or wrong, and you can’t be quiet," she said.

That same rage about the ABS-CBN's shutdown pushed Korina to unleash the beast and fight back netizens who think the network deserved to be taken off the air.

Her savage replies to Instagram commenters went viral on social media, which saw her shut down critics with the now-iconic "Please leave. Bruha ka" remark.

"They’re beginning to call me Daenerys, the mother of dragons. That could also mean they want to burn me at the stake, right?," she said with a chuckle, referring to the iconic 'Game of Thrones' queen.

"‘Yan talaga ang job description ko for 25 years – my mandate really was to slay, sister."

She went on to explain that it's really in her character to fight back, but that she has since mellowed out as she raises her twins Pepe and Pilar.

Did she ever get irked or pikon towards online bashers? "Hindi, naaaliw ako [No, I am amused]," the 'Rated K' host said, adding that she's simply giving these netizens a taste of their own medicine.