If you’ve seen the film, let that sink in for a sec.
Oro won the Fernando Poe Jr. Memorial Award last Dec. 29. Sen. Grace Poe also weighed in on the issue, urging the MMFF committee to investigate this. “I call on the MMFF organizers to look into the matter of whether a dog was actually butchered as part of the filming of the movie Oro in violation of the existing law on animal welfare,” she says. “Though I am not part of the jury that decided on the award, it is my responsibility to uphold the values of [the late] FPJ. He would never condone an act of animal cruelty.”
Sen. Poe adds that there will criminal sanctions against the filmmakers and producers, as well as the MMFF, once this is proven. “Artistic license does not justify the violation of our laws.”
PAWS executive director Anna Cabrera called on the MMFF Committee to pull out the film from theaters and to retract Oro‘s award.
Meanwhile, MMFF spokesman Noel Ferrer acknowledged both statements and promises to “monitor the undertakings made by the makers of Oro.”
We stand by the call to investigate this matter. Whether this is true or not, no one should harm an animal (or person) for the sake of artistic representation.