PETA demands televised public apology from Cinemalaya director Rafa Santos

( Rafa Santos may have sent an letter of apology via e-mail to the Cinemalaya group but the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) is still demanding a televised public apology from the indie director who made controversial remarks about theater actors, reports

In PETA's official statement released yesterday, June 29, the association described how they were deeply disturbed by the 25-year-old rookie director's comments about stage actors in his interview on the ANC show Cityscape. When asked why Santos preferred to work with stage actors over mainstream talents, the director said, "They don’t complain. You can feed them Skyflakes three meals a day or pay them in cat food."


PETA’s statement reads: "PETA’s aware of Santos’ open letter of apology sent today via Cinemalaya’s group e-mail but demands him to have a public apology on television addressed directly to the theater community." The theater organization, which was founded in 1967, also wrote how it has witnessed the professionalism and artistry of theater practitioners who have contributed to the country's culture.  "For this alone-they must be given due respect," stated PETA.


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