“Ang pulitika sa buhay natin, dapat parte lang. Hindi ‘yong ibubuhay mo araw-araw. Pag-gising mo pa lang, pulitika agad?”
This was how actor Robin Padilla reacted to the call of other showbiz personalities to boycott his latest movie, “Bato: The General Ronald dela Rosa Story.”
Last Jan. 26, filmmaker Carlitos Siguion-Reyna posted in part on social media: “If one makes a biopic about a candidate running in an upcoming midterm senatorial election, and promotes it for release five months before said election, a release which may or may not boost that candidate’s ranking to the top twelve in political surveys, do you call that ‘pelikula lang ito, walang politika’? It is evident that ALL of the above are political acts. Hindi ‘pelikula lang.’ So its makers and promoters shouldn’t wonder how and why it is getting political reactions, including the audience’s decision to see it or skip it. Let the audience decide.”
Also among those who expressed their displeasure over the release of the film on Jan. 30, barely four month till the May 2019 senatorial elections are
screenwriter Jerry Gracio and filmmaker Lore Reyes.
On Jan. 28, Robin countered: “May karapatan din (sila)
magsalita, tayo sasagot lang. Ako, kahit kailan hindi ako nag-umpisa, kahit kanino. Kahit kay (Senator Antonio) Trillanes hindi ako nag-umpisa. Karapatan ko rin sumagot.”
Produced by ALV Films and Benchingko Films and distributed by Regal Etertainment
Showing now in cinemas nationwide.
Watch the full video as Robin Padilla talks more about the issue. (Report by Daisy Liezel Cuison)