MANILA — When the smoke cleared over a row in the management of a film body in Metro Manila, the expelled member of its executive committee is still hurting until now.
Since she was expelled from the executive committee of the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) through a letter signed by Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chair Danilo Lim and distributed to the media, Film Development Council of the Philippines Chair Liza Diño-Seguerra is hurting personally and professionally.
Diño-Seguerra, in an interview in the DZRH Special On Saturday (SOS) program, poured her misgivings against Lim saying there was no communication whatsoever prior to giving them the letter that the FDCP is not a member of the executive committee anymore.
“Umatend kami nung execom the week before that at wala namang napag-usapan tungkol sa kanilang mga aksyon at mga tanong at concern tungkol sa ahensya. So, iyon ‘yon muna ang aming ginawa bago kami gumawa ng kahit anong konklusyon o pagbigay ng kung anong assumption; we need to know the facts first,” she said.
(We attended the execom the week before that and there was no discussion regarding their actions and queries and concern regarding the agency. So, that was what we did first before we made whatever conclusion or gave whatever assumption; we need to know the facts first.)
Diño-Seguerra said as government institutions processes must be followed and she said was asking for that process “to enlighten us.”
In the letter that stated the expulsion of the FDCP chair from the executive committee of the MMFF, Lim accused Diño-Seguerra of trying to transfer the management of the MMFF to the FDCP that prompted him to withdraw her appointment.
“Yong ganitong proseso (That kind of process), again its legal and technical. In 2017, we did submit a position paper for a proposal of an executive order para sa expansion at extension ng Metro Manila Film Festival kasi nagkaroon ng problema noong (because there was a problem in) 2016, so in response to that nagsulat tayo sa (we wrote to the) Office of the President and the Executive Secretary. The technicality of that when you expand to the whole of the Philippines it no longer under the jurisdiction of Metro Manila Development Authority,” she explained.
When asked why she wanted to transfer the MMFF to FDCP and take it from the MMDA, Diño-Seguerra reasoned that the MMFF had been hounded by controversies regarding the use of funds and process of selection which even merited Congress inquiry in 2015.
“It was a natural reaction of the FDCP to look into these matters,” she quipped.
Diño-Seguerra said it is the mandate of the FDCP to really set direction, safeguard the film industry and promote it all over the country and the world.
“Alam naman natin kung gaano kaimportante ang Metro Manila Film Festival in shaping the direction of the Philippine cinema and the industry itself,” she said.
(We know how important the Metro Manila Film Festival in shaping the direction of the Philippine cinema and the industry itself.)