Tameme bigla! Will Noli De Castro,Ted Failon, Anthony Taberna dare to speak up on ABS-CBN’s franchise bid?
Three of ABS-CBN’s prominent news personalities let out nary a squeak while their colleagues in the media and celebrities rallied around the network amid Solicitor General Jose Calida’s bid to revoke its franchise.
Netizens roasted Noli De Castro, Ted Failon and Anthony Taberna on Twitter due to their silence on the quo warranto case filed by Calida.
The three Kapamilya broadcasters are seen as friendly towards the Duterte administration.
The parody account @MalacananEvents tweeted the photo of a blank sheet of paper with the caption: “LOOK: Joint Statement of Noli de Castro, Ted Failon, Gerry Baja, and Anthony Taberna on quo warranto case filed vs ABS-CBN.”
Baja is Taberna’s partner on the commentary show, “Dos Por Dos” on dzMM, ABS-CBN’s AM radio station.
Netizen @JetskiPaMore tweeted a GIF image of Michael Jackson eating popcorn with the caption:”Stand with ABS-CBN? I think im gonna sit this one out and watch what Noli De Castro, Ted Failon, Anthony Taberna and Jerry Baja will do.”
Twitter user @iamElmots said: “As people are saying #NoToABSCBNShutDown here on Twitter … over at @DZMMTeleRadyo, Anthony Taberna and Gerry Baja are wasting precious airtime stretching their discussion on the corona virus. Yung dapat hard-hitting na #DosPorDos dapat gawin na lang ‘BBQ Stick.”
Netizen @always_nervous asked if the three broadcasters don’t care about the network’s fate. “Bat walang masabi yung mga pro admin na si Gerry Baja at Anthony Taberna? Pati na din si Ted Failon at Noli De Castro? Wala ba silang pakialam?” he tweeted.
Twitter user @mariajuno0621 said the perceived closeness of De Castro, Failon and Taberna to Duterte appears to be for naught.
“Pakisabihan na kang sila Ted Failon, Anthony Taberna at Noli De Castro na sila ang manguna nguna sa pakikiusap sa idol nila,” she said.
Twitter user @adriannrhoy said: “Ang tahimik nila Ted Failon, Anthony Taberna, and Noli De Castro. Pero grabe sila maka-react sa mga critics ni duterte. Kapag hindi narenew ang franchise ng ABS-CBN at mapilitan silang mag-downsize, sana pagtatanggalin ng management ang mga kumag na ‘to.”
Calida asked the Supreme Court through a quo warranto petition to revoke ABS-CBN’s franchise over its supposed violations, such as allowing foreigners to invest in the company, and offering pay-per-view channels.