Lito Atienza said the entertainment industry needs help from the government
Buhay Partylist Rep. Lito Atienza said that he is planning to author a bill that will impose a five-year tax-free movie industry due to the pandemic.
As the problem in COVID-19 arose in the Philippines early this year, the entertainment industry was badly affected. Movie productions are postponed and cinema houses were forced to close.
Based on the article by entertainment columnist Ricky Lo in Philstar, Cong. Atienza is also one of the lawmakers who have been reiterating the supposed role of the government in the entertainment industry in the Philippines.
“Unless the government helps the movie industry, it will die. Television is doing okay despite the pandemic but the movie industry is gasping, naghihingalo, at kailangan ng agarang tulong ng gobierno,” the host of GMA’s Maynila said.
He cited an example by stating the setup in the entertainment industry in South Korea. “South Korea has a robust entertainment industry because it is subsidized by the government. Entertainment (K-pop, etc.) has become one of its lucrative exports. Why can’t we do the same?” the lawmaker shared.
Then, Ricky Lo shared an irony that he observed. When a beauty queen wins in international pageant or even just a runner-up, the Congress “quick to pass a resolution commending her and even giving monetary ‘reward.’“
However, the columnist pointed out that this is not the same thing when it comes to the movie industry just like what happened to prominent actress Jaclyn Jose who won Best Actress (for Ma’Rosa) in Cannes. This is considered the highest award that was given to the Philippines in a major film festival but no one from Congress praised the award-winning actress.
Based on the article, Rep. Lito Atienza is planning to author a bill that will impose a five-year tax-free for the movie industry as he understands the predicament of the entertainment industry amid the pandemic.
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