MANILA — At the end of Thursday’s “TV Patrol”, the first time the news program was broadcast live in full on Facebook, news anchor Bernadette Sembrano said, “Patuloy kaming maglilingkod, mga Kapamilya. “
It’s a line she usually says at the end of every newscast. Given the current circumstances, that promise has taken on a more heartwarming tone, especially for the millions of Filipinos who rely on ABS-CBN for their daily news.
The number of people who watched the stream showed how much “TV Patrol” missed.
Over 7 million views, Facebook counted right after it aired, with hundreds of thousands more on YouTube. His comeback has also become the most talked about topic on Twitter locally.
– Gretchen Ho (@gretchenho) May 7, 2020
– ROXYLIQUIGAN (@Roxy_Liquigan) May 7, 2020
As they watched the “TV Patrol” press team, Kapamilyas across the country shared photos of themselves listening through their smartphones – some mirroring the show on their televisions – with their families, during dinner, as before. The general feeling was one of gratitude.
When Kuya Kim said “Laban lang Kapamilya” in #TVPatrol Weather Forecast lang segment tonight. I seriously felt that.
– My Forte (@MonforteKevin) May 7, 2020
– J (@jomelness) May 7, 2020
– Jack (@ekswayz) May 7, 2020
– Dark mode (@ scarface_28) May 7, 2020
– (@ kiianhns239) May 7, 2020
– Felicity Reese Batac (@BatacReese) May 7, 2020
– JerMich1910 (@ jhem0119) May 7, 2020
– SIMON (@simonromasanta) May 7, 2020
Watch TV Patrol on Youtube using a smartTV. Just like watching a normal show. Proof that we are really moving towards digital TV and cable companies may become unnecessary in the future. Kaya gigil siguro in ABS. #TVPatrol pic.twitter.com/4udmJjUz9U
– Dominic Jake (@dominicjake) May 7, 2020
But those who did not have reliable internet access were left out, calling into question the decision of the National Telecommunications Commission ordering the shutdown of ABS-CBN’s broadcast capabilities. At a time when information is vital to saving lives against COVID-19, why close a lane to release crucial guidelines?
The numbers don’t lie. #TVPatrol
These only represent people who have the privilege of having access to the Internet.
– Sean (@onemoreseans) May 7, 2020
The “TV Patrol” stream was viewed by some as an act of defiance, anchored in the network’s manta: “In the service of the Filipinos”.
– Benggadora (@ Benggadora08) May 7, 2020
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