Mike Abe, one of SMNI’s well known broadcasters, quit and walked out of his own show on air after the network’s top boss, Kingdom of Jesus Christ founder Pastor Apollo Quiboloy criticized President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s State of the Nation Address (SONA).
Abe’s walkout happened towards the end of his show, “Usaping Bayan,” which aired Wednesday (July 26).
“Maraming salamat sa mga sinabi mo,” Abe told Quiboloy, who was interviewed over the phone. “Ako po ay 15 years na dito sa SMNI. Ako po ay nagpapasalamat sa pagkakataon at tiwala na ipinagkaloob ninyo sa akin.”
The broadcaster then bade farewell to the network.
“Ito po ay aking ipagpapasalamat habambuhay na akin pong pinasasalamatan ‘yan. Pero dahil d’yan, pasensya ka na pero ito na ang aking last day sa SMNI. Maraming, maraming salamat po,” Abe said, before taking off his lapel mic on air. He then walked out.
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Prior to Abe’s walkout, Quiboloy expressed dismay that Marcos made no mention of the country’s problems on insurgency, crime and corruption in his first SONA.
“It doesn’t have to take five minutes para ma-mention mo yung NTF-ELCAC, yung sa illegal drugs, yung sa kriminalidad, corruption, insurhensiya,” Quiboloy said.
Abe, however, said each President has his or her own style of governance.
“Kanya-kanyang style eh. Yun ang style ni Pangulong Duterte, okay tinanggap natin. Ito ang style ni Pangulong Marcos, okay, wala tayong magagawa,” he said.