InterAksyon.com reports that entertainment columnist Jobert Sucaldito has accused Bethe Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC), the organizer of the 30th Star Awards for Movies, of selling the award to another PMPC award member in order to ensure comedian Vice Ganda's win as Best Actor.
The report quoted Sucaldito as saying in a Facebook post that he was made to believe his client, Laguna mayor E.R. Ejercito will be hailed as the Best Actor because he had "commissioned" 22 of the 38 voting members to give the award to him for his performance in "Shoot to Kill: Boy Golden". The showbiz columnist said he "lobbied for Ejercito after he was approached two weeks ago by some PMPC members who told him the 'rightful winner'- Joel Torre for 'On The Job' - wouldn't win because there was no money in it for the voters."
To Sucaldito's dismay, the award went to Vice Ganda because three PMPC executives already committed to giving the award to the comedian, who had been nominated for his quadruple roles in 'Girl Boy Bakla Tomboy". The outspoken columnist said he was willing to name the voters he paid in a worst case scenario just to prove his allegations. The PMPC, meanwhile, has yet to release a statement on the issue.
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