A new organization of actors, consisting the likes of Dingdong Dantes, Iza Calzado, Angelica Panganiban, Cherry Pie Picache, Janine Gutierrez, Richard Gutierrez and many more released a statement on Wednesday, July 1, slamming the shutdown of media giant ABS-CBN and the new production guidelines released by the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP).
The full statement by AKTOR, the League of Filipino Actors, was read by Dantes on a Facebook Live after introducing the organization and why he and several celebrity colleagues formed it amidst the pandemic.
Reading the statement, Dantes said the group is against the passing of the Anti-Terror Bill into law, the shutdown of ABS-CBN, and the new guidelines of filming released by the FDCP.
“Bakit ganun na lamang ang naging kalakaran? Ano ang mga ito? Ang mga ito ba ay sintomas ng mas malaking sakit na kasabay ng COVID-19?” the Kapuso actor asked.
“Hindi maiwasang isipin na ang lahat ng mga nangyayari ay may layunin. Ang lahat ng mga utos na ito ay may layuning kontrolin ang daloy at esensya ng pagkwento. Ang mapigilan ang paghahayag ng mga tunay na kwento ng bayan. Ang lahat ng ito ay lumilikha ng kultura ng takot,” he added.
Dantes, then, said the group also aims to change the public's perspective that actors only have shallow roles in the entertainment industry.
“Madalas itinuturing na lamang ang karamihan ng mga aktor na mga manika at tau-tauhan na panlibang at nagdudulot ng saya. Dala na din siguro ito ng maling pag-unawa sa totoong kalagayan ng mga aktor sa kabuuan. Tapusin na natin ang ganoong pananaw,” he said.
“Tumitindig ang AKTOR ngayon bilang responsible at mahalagang bahagi ng lipunan at kinatawan ng industriya. Ipinapahayag namin ang mariing pagtutol sa anumang batas at kautusan na sumasagka sa aming malayang paglikha. Tinatanggihan namin ang anumang panghihimasok sa mga proseso ng industriya nang walang tunay na konsultasyon sa mga manggagawa nito. Iginigiit namin na dapat bukas at malaya ang anumang daluyan ng impormasyon at likhang sining para sa kapakanan ng higit na nakararami,” he added.
The full statement was also posted by Calzado and Panganiban on their respective Instagram accounts
It could be recalled that ABS-CBN was issued a cease and desist order by the National Telecommunication Commission (NTC) as Congress failed to act on the company's franchise renewal, prompting the network to sign off last May 5, 2020.
It was last June 29 when Congress continued to discuss the network's franchise. However, by June 30, NTC issued another order this time forcing ABS-CBN to shut down its TV Plus and Sky Direct services.
On the other hand, the FDCP announced its new set of guidelines last June 27 wherein production companies must register their scheduled production with the council and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) ahead of time. AKTOR is opposed to this move because prior to the announcement, there were no consultations made for people from the entertainment industry.