- Hindi na si Gabby Lopez ang Chairman at Director ng ABS-CBN
- Sakop din nito ang iba pang mga kompanya ng pamilya Lopez
- Nagbitiw umano siya sa tungkulin dahil sa personal na mga dahilan
Nagbitiw sa kaniyang tungkulin bilang Chairman Emeritus at Director ng ABS-CBN at iba pang Lopez-owned companies si Eugenio “Gabby” Lopez III nitong Huwebes, Setyembre 24, 2020 dahil daw sa personal na dahilan o “personal reason.”
Naglabas ng opisyal na pahayag ang ABS-CBN hinggil dito.
“Mr. Eugenio ‘Gabby’ Lopez III, today, tendered his resignation for personal reasons as Chairman Emeritus and Director of ABS-CBN Corporation. Mr. Lopez also tendered his resignation as director of ABS-CBN Holdings Corporation, Sky Vision Corporation, Sky Cable Corporation, First Philippine Holdings Corporation, First Gen Corporation, and Rockwell Land Corporation effective immediately,” ayon sa pahayag.
“He expressed his appreciation for the trust of the stockholders as well as to his co-directors and senior management for the privilege of having served with them over the years.”
“At the organizational meeting held today, the Board of Directors of the Corporation accepted with regret the resignation of Mr. Eugenio Lopez III.”
“We thank him for his dedication and leadership in expanding and transforming ABS-CBN beyond television through the years. Just like his father, Eugenio ‘Kapitan Geny’ Lopez Jr., Gabby is a visionary and a compassionate leader driven by his love for the Philippines and the Filipino people. He would always tell the men and women of ABS-CBN that being a part of the network is not a job, but a calling.”
“We respect his decision, offer him our full support, and express our sincerest gratitude for the tradition of innovation, nationalism, and public service that he cultivated in the minds and hearts of all Kapamilyas, past and present. We shall continue the journey that he and his father began as we remain in the service ofthe Filipino.”
Samantala, pinili naman ng Board of Directors si G. Mario Luza Bautista bilang kapalit ni G. Lopez. Si G. Bautista ang naging General Counsel ng kompanya at kasapi ng Board of Advisors of the Company noon pang 2011. Bukod dito, siya rin ay naging Board Adviser of First Philippine Holdings Corporation.
Siya rin ay founding partner ng Poblador Bautista and Reyes Law Office at managing partner noon pang 1999. Nagtapos siya ng Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Arts mula sa Ateneo de Manila University noong 1975. Nakamit naman niya ang Bachelor of Laws Degree mula sa University of the Philippines noong 1979 at pumang-anim sa Bar Examinations.
Noong Hulyo ay ibinaba na ang desisyon sa tuluyang pagbasura sa panibagong prangkisa ng ABS-CBN Kapamilya Network na makapag-ere sa free TV na ibinibigay na pribilehiyo ng pamahalaan para sa mga broadcast companies.