Sen. Grace Poe joined the list of critics of the dog-slaughtering scene in the Metro Manila Film Festival entry Oro.
The lawmaker even threatened to revoke the Fernando Poe Jr. (FPJ) Memorial Award for Excellence given to the movie during the recently concluded Gabi ng Parangal.
The daughter of the later King of the Philippine Cinema even mentioned in a statement that she wants an investigation to be done over the supposed violation of an animal welfare law.
“If in fact that were the case, I condemn such act and would move for the invalidation of the FPJ award given to the film,” she said in a statement.
She reiterated that artistic license is not an excuse to justify any rule violation.
“The MMFF (Metro Manila Film Festival) organizers and the producers of ‘Oro’ should fully cooperate with the concerned government agency for the immediate investigation on this matter,” she said.
Apart from the possible criminal liability, Poe also proposed that the film’s producers or filmmakers should be held liable in the event that reports of misrepresentation before the MMFF selection committee would be confirmed.
Reports had it that the scene was “edited out” in the version that was shown to the MMFF screening committee.
Meanwhile, even though she wasn’t part of the jury, Poe stressed that she’s acting to uphold the values of her late father.
“He would never condone an act of animal cruelty,” she said.
The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) reached out to the people behind the Alvin Yapan-film and was initially assured by the producers that no animal was harmed or killed during the making of the movie.