Artikulo Uno, producers of fictional biopic Heneral Luna, is filing a lawsuit against Laguna Governor Ramil Hernandez.
In a statement released by the production outfit, they explained that the civil and criminal complaint that they are making against the representative on grounds of copyright infringement is due to the “unauthorized public screening” of Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo and their film last March 1 and 2, respectively at the Cultural center of Laguna.
The governor even took to his Instagram account to invite his constituents to watch the two films.
“No one from the office of Governor Hernandez ever contacted or approached Artikulo Uno to file or request for a permission to hold the screening,” the statement said.
Heneral Luna starred John Arcilla while Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo starred Robin Padilla.
“The producers even called and warned the office of the Governor and the local tourism office of Laguna prior to the viewing of Heneral Luna. Despite these warnings, however, they still proceeded with the screenings,” the statement added.
While the screening was free to the public, the statement stressed that the “screenings were not authorized.”
“And the material they used for Bonifacio is pirated, since there is no official DVD released yet of this film title,” the statement said.
The films rights are reserved under Artikulo Uno, Tuko Films, at Buchi Boy Entertainment, which are owned by Fernando Ortigas and Eduardo A. Rocha.
In addition, the statement clarified that they are not affiliated with the governor’s party or anyone for any elective position.
“It has also been communicated through Heneral Luna’s official website as well as its various online and social media platforms (Facebook included) that the film and the members of its cast and production team cannot and will not be associated, connected or affiliated with any political party, event or candidate for any elective position,” the statement added.
Heneral Luna had been chosen as the country’s bet to the 2016 Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film but unfortunately failed to make the cut.