Carlo J. Caparas’ National Artist Award declared void by Supreme Court

The Court didn’t recognize the honor conferred on the famed director of massacre movies.

Christine Avendaño of the Philippine Daily Inquirer reports that on Tuesday, July 16, the Supreme Court (SC) "declared invalid the presidential order giving the National Artist award to Cecile Guidote-Alvarez, filmmaker Carlo J. Caparas, architect Francisco Mañosa and fashion designer Jose 'Pitoy' Moreno."


The report explained that in the SC's view, the order made by then-president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to confer the awards on the four individuals in 2009 was void "because it was issued with grave abuse of discretion." The controversy regarding the award "stemmed after musician Ramon Santos [was] dropped from the list of nominees short-listed for that year by the selection committee and four other names [were] added by the President's prerogative."


It was soon discovered that the individuals were selected by Malacañang's Honors Committee, which made its own screening. "After several protests, the case eventually reached the Supreme Court and stopped Malacañang from conferring the honor [on] the four individuals," the report said.

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