COCO Martin seems to be the Kapamilya star most affected by the non-renewal of ABS-CBN’s franchise and NTC’s order to shut it down after Solicitor General Jose Calida threatened to file a case against the NTC if they’d give ABS a provisional authority to operate. As we all know, Calida is said to be the alterego of Pres. Duterte.
But naturally, so many folks sided with ABS-CBN, but paid pro-government trolls quickly bashed the stars who are against the shutdown. Coco Martin said Kapamilya stars should just ignore the trolls and don’t make any comments at all because the trolls are paid based on the number of comments they make, so it’s best to just delete them right away for them not to get any income. He adds that it’s best to just block all those who rejoice with the closure of ABS-CBN.
He wrote: “Ganito kasimple 'yan. Lahat ng ayaw sa amin at galit sa ABS-CBN at nagdiriwang ngayon, huwag nyo kaming i-follow. Hindi namin kayo kailangan sa buhay namin para laitin at pagtawanan kami sa pinagdaraan naming lahat ngayon. Hindi kami mamamatay kapag umalis kayo! Hindi namin kayo kailangan sa buhay namin!” And to that, we totally agree.
Coco also vehemently bashed Calida, but in a later post, he relented and apologized, saying: “Alam ko po na mabuti kayong tao. Kung ano man po ang inyong nagawa, maaring tawag po ‘yon ng inyong tungkulin. Pasensya na po kayo kung may mga nasabi po kami na galit sa aming dibdib at sana maunawaan niyo din po ‘yon. Ipagdarasal ko na lumiwanag po sana ang inyong isipan at kung sino man po ang nag utos na inyo! kung sakaling di na po kami makabalik maraming maraming salamat po sa inyong lahat! Sa lahat ng sumubaybay sa halos limang taon sa aming teleserye!,”
Of course, a lot of people were surprised by his sudden turn around. They feel he should have stuck to his guns and didn’t back track to show that he’s really the man of principles that Cardo Dalisay is in “Ang Probinsyano”. Here are the comments of some netizens about his about face: “Bakit biglang nag-iba ang ihip ng hangin?” “Idol kita, Coco, pero ano nangyare sayo?” “Lagi mo sinasabi sa posts mo na may nag utos na ipasara abs cbn, bakit hindi mo tukuyin kung cno yung nag utos? Matapang ka d ba? Dapat laban lang! Kaya sabihin mo kung cno ang nasa likod ng pagpapasara ng abs cbn. Dami mong daldal, para kang babaeng bagong raspa.” "Aminin mo munang kayo na nga ni Julia Montes bago ka magalit."
Obviously, they feel disappointed that Coco softened up after his initial fighting stance. We’re also rooting for ABS-CBN and we feel that all of them Kapamilya stars and employees have all the right to show their resentment for what happened and should not apologize at all for voicing out what they honestly feel.