The MMFF Executive Committee takes this opportunity to strongly emphasize that it has not condoned nor will ever condone any cruelty to animals.
Naganap kanina ang paghaharap nina Alvin Yapan, direktor ng pelikulang “Oro,” representatives ng Philippine Animal Welfare Society o PAWS at ng Metro
Manila Film Festival Executive Committee tungkol sa isang eksena mula sa pelikula na diumano ay totoong nagkatay ng aso at di ginamitan ng ‘daya’ na karaniwang ginagawa sa pelikula.
Ayon kay direk Yapan, alam nila ang Animal Welfare Act at wala silang nilabag na batas o sinaktan na hayop sa paggawa ng pelikula.
Napagkasunduan na maglalabas ng amended version ang pelikulang “Oro” para mabawasan ang pagiging "brutal" ng nasabing eksena na nagkaroon ng matinding reaksyon sa ilang netizens.
Narito ang official statement ng MMFF Execom:
OFFICIAL STATEMENT OF THE MMFF EXECOM ON THE DIALOGUE /INQUIRY WITH PAWS & Team ORO.
Today, the MMFF Executive Committee met with representatives from both the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) and the film “Oro.” During the dialogues, the following were established:
1. The MMFF posed no obstacle to the participation of the film, further to the determination of the Selection Committee, on account of the film's prior representation that no dog was actually killed in connection with the subject depiction. The MMFF Executive Committee takes this opportunity to strongly emphasize that it has not condoned nor will ever condone any cruelty to animals. Neither will it allow the Festival to be the vehicle for any such actions.
2. “Oro,” as expressed by director Alvin Yapan, has recognized the concerns raised by PAWS and has freely and voluntary undertaking to immediately: (a) execute a written statement/disclaimer addresed to the general audience based on its above-mentioned prior representation as well as its commitment to uphold animal welfare and human dignity in connection with the film; (b) come up with an amended version of the film more in keeping with animal welfare; and (c) actively cooperate with PAWS toward an awareness campaign on animal welfare, without prejudice to its pursuit of public discussion in regard to other issues raised by the film.
3. It is not within the competence of the MMFF Executive Committee to pass upon legal or evidentiary matters, especially those that go beyond the bare depictions in any participant film. The MMFF Executive Committee will nonetheless rely, as it always has, on the good faith behind all representations made by the parties concerned. It has thus asked all participants to always observe goodwill and candor as regards all aspects of the festival.