Directors, film critics call out ‘BATO’ movie and want to boycott it

Directors, film critics call out ‘BATO’ movie and want to boycott it

- Many local filmmakers did not like the biopic of former PNP chief Bato dela Rosa

- They also bashed Robin Padilla’s statement that the biopic was just a film and should be separated from politics

- For some, they are considering BATO the movie as an early campaign

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The biopic of former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa has recently hit the movie screens in the Philippines. KAMI learned that not all the prominent directors and film critics were pleased with “BATO: The General Ronald Dela Rosa Story.”

In a report by Rappler, known filmmakers wanted to boycott the film for this serves as a “premature campaigning” for Dela Rosa who is running as a senator in the upcoming mid-term elections.

The ‘BATO’ film has been reported to receive a tax rebate form the Film Development Council of the Philippines through its Cinema Evaluation Board.

Director Lore Reyes of Magic Temple and Batang X shared that he stands by his principle and will continue criticizing the bad governance in the country.

Director Carlos Siguion-Reyna attacked the lead actor Robin Padilla’s statement that BATO is just a movie.

“Do you call that “pelikula lang ito, walang politika”? It is evident that ALL of the above are political acts. Hindi ‘pelikula lang’,” said Siguion-Reyes.

Director Kip Oebanda of Liway has shared on Twitter his side about the movie and Padilla.

“Robin Padilla makes a movie about a senatorial candidate and then wonders why people are politicizing it. Amazing,” Oebanda said.

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In a recent report by KAMI, Padilla who starred as “Bato” in the biopic, has sent a message to those who wanted to boycott their film.

“Huwag nating idamay ang pelikula. Kasi may mga trabaho ‘yung mga nasa industriyang ito mga mahihirap din,” Padilla said.

“Tanging habol lang ng mga tagagawa ng pelikula, makagawa nang makagawa nang makagawa ng pelikula para tuloy tuloy ‘yung kanilang trabaho,” he added.

The Bato movie started showing in cinemas on January 30 while the campaign period for those running in mid-term polls will start on February 12.

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