LOOK: GMA News anchors wear ABS-CBN colors in 24 Oras

MANILA, Philippines – Netizens were quick to notice that GMA Network’s anchors of news program 24 Oras wore the colors of ABS-CBN on their broadcast on Tuesday.
GMA News anchors wear ABS-CBN colors in 24 Oras

GMA's 24 Oras hosts Pia Arcanghel, Vicky Morales, and Atom Araullo were wearing red, green and blue prompting a lot of netizens to think it was a form of silent protest and a sign of solidarity with their embattled rival network, ABS-CBN on the impending franchise renewal.

ABS-CBN's logo bears the same three colors as it represents the three big islands of the Philippines - red represents Luzon, green stands for Visayas while blue is for Mindanao.

ABS-CBN's logo.
ABS-CBN's logo.

On Twitter, screenshot of the three news anchors went viral as netizens noticed the gesture too. A netizen said, "Silent protest. I admire this. It’s not about rivalry anymore. This is about our freedom."

Another netizen said, "Low key supporting their colleagues."

Without naming ABS-CBN, Atom Araullo tweeted his support to the network. He said they are "one" in defending press freedom.

Araullo said, "In competition, we bring out the best in each other which hopefully benefits the audience we aim to serve. In defending press freedom as one, we are the proverbial rising tide that lifts all boats. Our hearts go out to our colleagues in these challenging times. Laban lang!"

This came after Solicitor General Jose Calida filed a quo warranto petition before the Supreme Court to revoke the existing franchise of ABS-CBN. According to SolGen, the network violated rules set by Congress with its "highly abusive practices."

READOSG files petition for quo warranto against ABS-CBN

Calida stated that ABS-CBN should not have been granted franchise in the first place because it allegedly sold shares to foreigners, which is not allowed under the Constitution.

READABS-CBN on OSG's quo warranto petition: We did not violate the law

— Sally, The Summit Express

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