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Film Critics, Directors Wants To Boycott “Bato the Movie”

BATO THE MOVIE – Film critics and directors called out to boycott “Bato the Movie.”

The “Bad Boy” in Philippine movies Robin Padilla is portraying the character of former Philippine National Police Chief Ronald Dela Rosa.

Bato: The Gen. Ronald dela Rosa Story is directed by Carlitos Siguion Reyna. Following a previous article. Padilla ranted about the controversial reactions from another film director.

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Robin Padilla took to the social media to express his thoughts about the people who wanted to boycott his movie.

“May mga rebolusyonaryong nasa kabilang ibayo ang nais iboycott ang pelikula ko dahil sa pulitika. Hindi ko alam kung san nila natutunan na ang pagpigil sa paghahanap buhay ng manggagawa ay pagiging isang makabayan. Napakalayo po ng pagitan ng industriya ng Pelikula at Entablado sa Mundo ng Pulitika”

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In a report, the red carpet premiere of Bato the Movie, President Duterte and Senator Manny Pacquiao supported the former PNP chief.

Manny stated that he was supporting 12 other senatorial candidates including Ronald dela Rosa.

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Based on a report from Rappler, prominent names and critics in the movie industry were expressed different reactions on the film’s release.

The first person who announced to boycott the film was Director Lore Reyes.

I stand by my principles and will persist in criticizing bad governance, plundering of the national treasury, and the pervading air of injustice, fear and intimidation, and non-accountability,” he said.

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According to the report, scriptwriter Jerry Gracio and director Carlos Seguion-Reyna were also disappointed about “Bato the Movie.”

On the Facebook account of Seguion-Reyna he wrote: “If one makes a biopic about a candidate running in an upcoming midterm senatorial election, and promotes it for release five months before said election, a release which may or may not boost that candidate’s ranking to the top twelve in political surveys, do you call that “pelikula lang ito, walang politika”? It is evident that ALL of the above are political acts. Hindi “pelikula lang” 

Photo Source: @Lore Reyes FB

While Jerry Gracio said “May mga core values talaga na hindi dapat matinag, hindi lang bilang manunulat o artist, kundi bilang tao.”

The critic and film professor of the University of the Philippines, Rolando Tolentino also breaks his silence about the Bato movie.

“This is something to be said when filmmakers, artists, and intellectuals become employees and cohorts of fascist politicians and the fascist state.”

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Photo Source: @rolando Tolentino FB

Based on the report, the family member of the late director Ishmael Bernal also expressed her dismay of the biopic movie.

“It’s not that there’s no corruption in this government, they’ve just flouted ethical practice enough to make it a form of corruption”

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