'Maid in Malacañang' to further divide Filipinos, says Martial law survivor, lawyer

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A VETERAN lawyer and Martial Law survivor in Cebu condemned the controversial movie "Made in Malacañang" for depicting scenes that promoted historical revisionism, particularly the scene of the late President Corazon Aquino playing mahjong with the Carmelite sisters while staying in Cebu when the first Edsa People Power broke out.

"Abi nako nga ang ilang battle cry is unity? They are asking the country to unite but this movie that they are making only further divides us. Nagkagubot na hinoon ta," said lawyer Democrito "Mocring" Barcenas.

Barcenas told SunStar Cebu that he was disgusted by the latest trailer of the movie wherein Aquino was playing mahjong with the nuns, adding that it distorts what really happened when Aquino was staying at that monastery of the Discalced Carmelite sisters in Mabolo, Cebu City on February 22, 1986.

"Wala man gyuy problema nang mag mahjong. But grabe ra sad kaayo nang ilang gibuhat nga gidepict si Cory nga nagduwa ug mahjong with the nuns at the time when their lives were in danger. At the time when Cory was there, the nuns prayed for the entire night kay nahadlok sila nga basin sulongon sila sa mga military atong gabiuna," he added.

He also questioned the filmmaker's intention of broadcasting the controversial trailer of the film just a day before Aquino's 13th death anniversary on August 1, 2022.

The trailer showing Aquino playing mahjong with the nuns was aired in director Darryl Yap's Facebook page, Vincentiments, on July 31, 2022 or the eve of the late President's death anniversary.

"What they (Maid in Malacañang creators) are doing is not only fake but also malicious," Barcenas added. (JKV)

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