As the election season grows ever so nearer, famed director Jerrold Tarog, who directed the popular and widely successful film Heneral Luna has joined in the conversation. In an indirect response to people looking for movie heroes, including Luna, as a reference of character for choosing a candidate for the elections, he reminded people to stop looking for references in movie characters as a basis for decisions. In a note he entitled in Facebook, There is no Modern Heneral Luna, he told that there are no real living Luna-like candidate running in the elections. Heneral Luna lived in a different time and with different circumstances that are not applicable to today's context.
"There is no modern day Heneral Luna amongst the candidates running for public office today... Antonio Luna lived in a different time under different circumstances."
He said that people who look for only the positive traits of Luna while ignoring the negative things have a confirmation bias. He challenged people to be fair with their decisions, and evaluate all candidates based on their virtues and weaknesses, not just traits that appeal to their personality.
"If not, then you can’t say someone is a modern day Heneral Luna. There shouldn’t be one in the first place," said Tarog.
He also reminded people that Luna's failures are not only attributable to the failings or competing interests of his fellow Filipinos, but also partly because of his own failings.
"He had tragic flaws that made his failure almost inevitable, and we’re not just talking about his puñetas," he added.
While not directed to any candidate, Tarog also said that no candidate is a saviour. There is an indirect reference to Duterte, as the only candidate who has been vocal about setting deadlines.
"Your candidates will never be your saviors… No one can magically transform this ailing country under a deadline," said Tarog.
Finally, he said the everyone has a responsibility to each other in the country, not just our own interests.
You can read his entire note here.