Maid in Malacañang under fire again for free tickets

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Maid in Malacañang poster and the Marcos family portrait by Ralph Wolfe Cowen. (Source: Maid in Malacañang/Facebook)
Maid in Malacañang poster and the Marcos family portrait by Ralph Wolfe Cowen. (Source: Maid in Malacañang/Facebook)

Controversial film "Maid in Malacañang" – which attempts to explain the Marcoses’ side of the 1986 People Power Revolution through an unverified source – has made rounds on the internet after businessmen and Marcos-affiliated politicians were reported giving away tickets to the movie for free.

The Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII), after being blasted on social media for giving bulks of free movie tickets, said that they continue to be non-partisan.

"On the issue of the tickets to the movie 'Maid in Malacañang', we purchased and shared the purchased tickets because a significant part of the proceeds will be used for charity projects, particularly, feeding the poor under the Nutribun Feeding Program," FFCCCII president Dr. Henry Lim Bon Liong said in a statement on Monday (Aug 1).

Photos of tickets to the movies that were allegedly given to the Xavier School in San Juan circulated online over the weekend. The tickets were reportedly sent back to FFCCCII.

Lim Bon Liong, however, further clarified that the organization is a "non-political business federation focused mainly on advocating sustainable, inclusive economic development and other business issues."

Though they have always been non-political, they still remain supportive of the country's duly-elected government leaders according to the businessman.

Meanwhile, San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora said that he will also give away free tickets to the movie to the employees of the local government unit (LGU).

Kung narinig niyo na po ang pelikulang Maid in Malacañang, gusto ko sanang magbigay ng ticket sa bawat isang empleyado natin. This will be free, sponsor ko na ‘yan para sa inyo,” Zamora said on Monday (August 1) during their first flag ceremony of the month.

(If you’ve already heard of the film Maid in Malacañang, I want to give away tickets to all our employees. This will be free, I will sponsor it for you.)

The mayor and ally of the Marcoses said that all LGU employees including school teachers and police among others may get free tickets.

‘Historical distortion’

On Saturday (July 30), Chinese-Filipino civic leader Teresita Ang-See said that some business groups were requested by Senator and dictator’s daughter Imee Marcos to purchase tickets worth millions to distribute to various schools in the country.

Ang-See, an academician and social activist, said she even knew of one business group, which she refused to name to avoid singling them out, that was allegedly tapped by the senator to buy 5,000 tickets worth P1.5 million.

The academic said that the distribution of the tickets was “tantamount to asking these educational institutions to promote outright lies, falsehoods and historical distortion.”

“Creating more polarization by forcing untruths on the public just makes us citizens lose any remnant of respect that we have had for the current leadership of the country,” Ang-See said.

“I think some of the schools outrightly destroyed them and that they did not return them at all, based on what I was told,” she added.

Vincentiments, meanwhile, denied the allegations and dragged Leni Robredo supporters more commonly known as “kakampinks” as the ones behind the buying of bulk tickets.

“The office of Senator Imee, Viva Films, and VinCentiments do not give out free tickets — that is the work of the kakampinks — and they are merely passing it on to us,” VinCentiments said.

The movie will start showing on August 3, while another film titled ‘Katips’ – which is backed by historical facts – by multi-awarded director Vince Tañada will open on the same day.

Pola Rubio is a news writer and photojournalist covering Philippine politics and events. She regularly follows worldwide and local happenings. She advocates for animal welfare and press freedom. Follow her on Twitter @polarubyo for regular news and cat postings.

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