Demonstrators show their support for ABS-CBN workers in Manila on February 14, 2020. Photo: AFP Demonstrators show their support for ABS-CBN workers in Manila on February 14, 2020. Photo: AFP
Demonstrators show their support for ABS-CBN workers in Manila on February 14, 2020. Photo: AFP
Raissa Robles
Opinion

Opinion

Raissa Robles

The Philippines’ ABS-CBN network is again fighting to survive, 34 years after liberation from Marcos

  • Rebel forces freed Southeast Asia’s oldest broadcast network from the clutches of Ferdinand Marcos’ regime on February 24, 1986
  • Three decades later, Duterte’s administration is seeking to shut the broadcaster’s operations – unlike Marcos, he won’t need the military’s help

Demonstrators show their support for ABS-CBN workers in Manila on February 14, 2020. Photo: AFP Demonstrators show their support for ABS-CBN workers in Manila on February 14, 2020. Photo: AFP
Demonstrators show their support for ABS-CBN workers in Manila on February 14, 2020. Photo: AFP
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Raissa Robles

Raissa Robles

Raissa Robles has written for the SCMP since 1996. A freelance journalist specialising in politics, international relations, business and Muslim rebellion, she has contributed to Reuters, the Economist Intelligence Unit, Daily Mail, Times of London, Radio Netherlands and Asiaweek. She runs the award-winning investigative and opinion blog, raissarobles.com. Her book, Marcos Martial Law: Never Again, a brief history of the dictatorship won the 2017 National Book Awards for Non-Fiction. Her Twitter handle is @raissawriter.