Following the allegation that a dog was slaughtered during the making of the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) entry Oro, MMFF’s executive committee has decided to take back the Fernando Poe Jr. Memorial Award it was given on the grounds that it, “Casts a doubt on the movie’s ability to exemplify the human and cultural values espoused by the late Fernando Poe Jr.”
The announcement came five days after the award was bestowed on the movie during MMFF’s Gabi ng Parangal last Thursday, December 29.
The statement was published on the Facebook page of the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS).
“Upon prior consultation with the family of the late Fernando Poe, Jr, the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) Executive Committee announces its decision to withdraw the Fernando Poe Jr. Memorial Award recently granted to the film ‘ORO.’
“Without making any judgement on the artistic merit of the film or cinematic depiction, the MMFF finds the present controversy on the alleged killing of a dog in the course of the filming of the movie effectively casts a doubt on the movie’s ability to exemplify the human and cultural values espoused by the late Fernando Poe, Jr.”
FPJ’s daughter Senator Grace Poe first expressed dismay over the issue. As reported on PUSH.com.ph. Poe said, “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.”
READ: Sen. Grace Poe condemns ‘Oro’ dog slaughter scene