For decades, ABS-CBN’s regional network has played a vital role in broadcasting information on natural disasters, such as typhoons, and health crises — including the coronavirus pandemic — to isolated communities that have little or no internet access.
For many, it is their only source of news.
Fishermen in some regions have long relied on their local broadcaster to know if it was safe to go out to sea, said Reyes.
“Not everyone has access to the internet, to radio or newspapers,” said Micaella Ilao, a TV reporter in Baguio.
“Removing (TV broadcasters) deprives the people of the privilege to receive proper information.”