John Lloyd Cruz calls for MMFF reforms amid Honor Thy Father controversy

The actor made a heartfelt speech at the latest Congressional hearing.

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(SPOT.ph) Actor and first-time film producer John Lloyd Cruz made an appearance in Congress yesterday, January 13, to make a statement on the controversy over his MMFF film, Honor Thy Father.

 

"Nandito po ako dahil mahal ko ang pelikulang Pilipino," he said in a heartfelt speech during the hearing. "At kung may natutunan man ako sa marami-rami na ring ginawa kong pelikula—rom-coms at indie— ito ay: Ang mahal mo, ipaglalaban mo."

 

He cited the success of films like Heneral Luna, Kimmy Dora, Zombadings, and Norte that were initially pulled out due to poor box-office earnings, but returned after audiences demanded it. "Hindi kaya may malaking potential na nawawala kapag hindi natin binibigyan ng espasyo ang iba’t-ibang klase ng pelikula sa mga sinehan natin?" he said,

 

 

Cruz also called for reforms in the MMFF, saying, "Sana naman, pagdating ng May at June, kung kailan pinipili ang mga susunod na entries, ay may mga konkretong pagbabago na."

 

According to a report from GMA News, Cruz admitted that he was ready to "not accept" the award for Best Actor. "Kung nanalo ako, I would've said something like, 'If I won saan binase ang best actor kasi disqualified ang movie.'" He added that it wasn't about Honor Thy Father winning Best Picture, but that they should have been given a chance to compete.

 

Also read: 
MMFF official allegedly linked to two winning film entries, Erik Matti demands audit
Erik Matti wins best director, slams MMFF forHonor Thy Father's disqualification
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