MMFF officials may be held accountable for irregularities in funding
Lawmakers are already awaiting a report from the Commission on Audit.
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(SPOT.ph) In an interview on DZMM, Quezon City Rep. Winston Castelo confirmed that the House Committee on Metro Manila Development has learned of alleged irregularities in the disbursement of the Metro Manila Film Festival's funds.
This, he said, may be enough proof to hold its executive committee accountable. "We are now waiting for the COA [Commission on Audit] report kung ano man ang mga violations nito [at ito] ay dadalhin natin sa mga nararapat na korte," he said.
Through its box-office earnings, the MMFF aims to raise funds for the development of the local film industry, made up of four beneficiaries: the Film Academy of the Philippines, the Motion Picture Anti-Piracy Council, the Film Development Council, and the Optical Media Board. According to Castelo, the MMFF violated the rules and regulations, saying, "Ang mismong nagdi-dispense at gumagastos ng pondo ay 'yong mismong members ng executive committee ng MMFF."
According to a report by PEP.ph, Congress has approved a motion to abolish all the MMFF committees and create a technical working group that will oversee the film festival. This confirmed the earlier statement of film producer Moira Lang, who was present at the hearings.
The MMFF has earned an estimated total of P1.02 billion in the local box-office this year.
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