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Director Wenn Deramas on Alfonso Martinez: Kapag humingi siya ng sorry, tatanggapin ko

Director Wenn Deramas says he doesn't blame Albert and Liezl Martinez for the offensive Tweets posted by their son Alfonso.

BY NAPOLEON QUINTOS

FRESH SCOOPS

1/15/2011 4:31 AM
Director Wenn Deramas on Alfonso Martinez: Kapag humingi siya ng sorry, tatanggapin ko


Director Wenn Deramas defended his film Ang Tanging Ina Mo, Last Na 'lsquo;To against the offensive Twitter posts of Alfonso Martinez, son of Albert and Liezl Martinez. Alfonso was deeply disappointed that Rosario, a film directed by his father Albert, was snubbed at the Metro Manila Film Festival awards where Ang Tanging Ina won most of the awards. On his Twitter account, Alfonso called Ang Tanging Ina a "brainless, shallow, slapstick" and even used the profane F-word to make his point.

When Push.com.ph interviewed Direk Wenn during the victory party for the movie, he even cracked a joke, "Ikaw mumurahin kita, hindi ka ba masasaktan?!" The director explained that no one has the right to insult someone else'rsquo;s work most especially if it was a product of blood, sweat, and tears. "Hindi naman ako 'lsquo;yung minura kundi 'lsquo;yung buong pelikula. Masakit kasi hindi naman magic lang 'lsquo;yung pelikula. Pinaghirapan ito, pinagypuyatan, nakailang drafts ang writer namin. Hindi nga lang ito tungkol sa panahon na ipinanganak si Jose Rizal, nakipaglaban si Andres Bonifacio. Pero ito ay story na ang bawat isa sa atin ay pwedeng maka-relate dahil lahat tayo ay may nanay."

"Hindi madaling gumawa ng pelikula kung saan ang lahat ay iiyak at tatawa at the same time. Hindi ako nagyayabang dahil hindi ako mapagmalaking tao. Ang akin lang, may respeto dapat tayo sa isa'rsquo;t isa. I don'rsquo;t think may karapatan ang kahit na sino na yurakan ang trabahong ito na mahalagang mahalaga sa ating lahat."

Though deeply hurt by 23-year-old Alfonso'rsquo;s Tweet, Direk Wenn had decided to be the understanding and patient adult in this situation. "Of course, nasaktan ako. Pero dahil ang komento ay galing sa isang mas bata sa akin. Hindi naman ako lola. Ako ang nakakatanda kaya uunawain ko na lang 'lsquo;yung bata. Pero kung ako ang bata, may respeto ako sa mas nakakatanda."

After the issue spread like wildfire, Liezl immediately posted on her Facebook account a public apology to Direk Wenn. The director said he doesn'rsquo;t blame Albert and Liezl for what happened and that he understands Liezl doing her maternal duties. "Walang kasalanan si Albert at si Liezl. Ang kasalanan naman ni Juan ay hindi pwedeng isisi kay Pedro. Pero ngayon ko na-appreciate ang kwento ng Ang Tanging Ina. Ang nanay pala talaga ang umaako sa kasalanan ng anak. Tama pala ang values na ipinakita namin sa pelikula."

Direk Wenn explained that he should not be blamed if the MMFF judges gave him the Best Director trophy and not Albert, and the Best Picture award to Ang Tanging Ina and not to Rosario. He said he is willing to forgive Alfonso should the latter apologize. But Direk Wenn advised him to be more careful with his words from now on. "Kapag humingi siya ng sorry, tatanggapin ko. Ako naman kapag nag-sorry na, uunawain ko. Although hindi na talaga maaalis 'lsquo;yung nagkasakitan na kayo. Be careful na lang kasi sa salita. Naiintidihan ko 'lsquo;yung pagtatanggol mo sa mga magulang mo. Pero sana bago mo sila ipagtang