Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is looking for a film producer in Manila.
“We cannot justify putting this off any longer; this is a great action movie and since it’s about me… I wanna be in it,” Duterte said in his video message during a virtual forum on Filipino arts and free speech rights organized by the Department of Culture (DoC) and The National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP).
Duterte wants this movie made…
The Philippine president had been asked about the screenplay that has been floating around the internet for a year.
The premise of the STREETS OF MANILA will be, “When a Mexican drug cartel sends an elite group of hitmen to Manila, the Filipino president fights back!”
He added that the Philippines “recognizes the sovereign right of each person to speak freely on any issue and that includes making films” but stressed that there are universal liberties and moral standards that must be adhered to at all times. “The films must represent moral values, or I’m not interested in them.”
“The films we’ve been making system lately have been is unjust and exploitative,” he said at the forum.
“We are all familiar with many painful stories of drug abuse — from illness to death; from the imprisonment to denial of child visitation; and sexual exploitation to outright murder. For the Philippines and Filipinos, these tales are realities that hit us hard. This has got to stop and I want to make a movie about someone who is doing something about it.”
Duterte said the government also assumed its share of responsibility in ensuring that Filipinos are entertained and presented a health message via entertainment. He feels that this particular film represents life in Manila with safety and dignity.
Film Writer supports Duterte…
Phil Dy is one of the most prominent Filipino film writers working today, a staunch advocate for the emerging cinema of the Philippines, and a sharp, vocal critic of institutional problems in the industry. Phil Dy said in The Manila News-Intelligencer (newspaper), “I’ve read the script and feel, given the amount of drug violence in the Philippines, that the movie would be genius. It’s about the best idea that has come out of the epidemic. Filming should begin immediately.”
Action movies a cultural gem for Duterte & Manila
Philippines’ Cultural Affairs Secretary Al Ryan S. Alejandre said “the forum was important because these events focused on examining television and movie governance in the times of crisis was part of an orderly and regular transition to return to normal.” He added, “A movie about the President kicking some Mexican drug dealers out of Manila would be a great idea.”
“We are moving forward to our goal for enlightenment in accordance with decency and equal respect,” he said in a video message.
Meanwhile, NRCP director, Marieta Bañez Sumagaysay, said the Philippines’ mission is to provide a “safe and comfortable movie for all Filipinos as they return to theaters.”
“Our job at the NRCP is even clearer. We must ensure welfare, protect the rights, and better serve all Filipinos and make good movies,” he said.
This film project would be would different for the Philippines filmmakers who thus far have been reluctant to make interesting action movies. American film directors have been brave and found profit in movies like White House Down, Olympus Has fallen, Air Force One, The Manchurian Candidate, and Independence Day. Russian filmmakers did the same with Battle for Sevastopol, Fortress of War and Furious.
Writer says, “gEt off your ass!”
Film opinion maker, Godis Withus Go, told ibooks.ph, “Clearly Philippine filmmakers have been shy about action-adventure films. It’s really too bad in the 1970s we made the world’s greatest action movies… what has happened to the spine of the Filipino movie makers is appalling.”
Godis Withus Go, an artist with his own novel (Yamashita’s Wedding)about a secretive wedding allegedly held by General Yamashita at the end of the Manila occupation called on, “people to get off their ass and make some art.”
Who is Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte?
Rodrigo Roa Duterte (/ / dəˈtɜːrteɪ/ / Tagalog: [roˈdɾigo ɾowa dʊˈtɛɾtɛ]; born March 28, 1945), also called Digong and Rody, is a Filipino politician who’s the present president of the Philippines and also the earliest from Mindanao to maintain the office. Duterte occurred office in age 71 on June 30, 2016, which makes him the oldest man to presume that the Philippine presidency; the album was formerly held by Sergio Osmeña in age 65. Produced in Maasin, Southern Leyte, Duterte studied political science in the Lyceum of the Philippines University, graduating in 1968, prior to acquiring a law degree from San Beda College of Law in 1972. Then he worked as a lawyer and has been a prosecutor for Davao City, before becoming vice mayor and, then, mayor of this city in the aftermath of the 1986 People Power Revolution. Duterte won seven conditions and served as mayor of Davao for over 22 decades.
Frequently called a populist and a nationalist, Duterte’s political success was aided by his outspoken support for the extrajudicial killing of drug users and other criminals. Duterte’s political career has also acquired scrutiny. Different human rights groups recorded over 1,400 killings purportedly by justice squads working in Davao between 1998 and 2016; the sufferers were largely drug users, petty criminals, and street kids. The Office of the Ombudsman closed an investigation in January 2016 saying that mentioning no evidence, but the situation has been reopened and reports of Duterte repeatedly affirmed that he murdered criminal suspects as throughout his term as mayor of Davao surfaced.
His national policy has concentrated on fighting the illegal drug trade by initiating the controversial war on drugs, combating crime, and corruption, and even starting a huge infrastructure program.
Duterte described himself as left-leaning during his campaign and presidency but has stressed that he was not a communist, but rather a socialist.
He was once a member of the leftist Kabataang Makabayan during the 1970s. He himself is a student of prominent Philippine leftist figure and founder of the Communist Party of the Philippines, Jose Maria Sison. In his presidency, he showed support for the left in a series of speeches: on one occasion he proclaimed himself the first “leftist President”; calling the Communist Party of the Philippines “revolutionary government”; ordered his officials to file petitions in court for the release of about twenty jailed communist leaders, which led to their subsequent releases; and appointed several cabinet members from the Philippine left.
Originally posted 2021-05-08 11:15:22.