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Jan 3, 2017
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The screening of the eight Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) movies has been extended in at least ten malls until January 7, Saturday.

This was after the MMFF executive committee met with various mall management and appealed for the extension which was initially scheduled to end on Tuesday, GMA News Online reports.

MMFF spokesman Noel Ferrer said they were ironing out a similar setup with more malls particularly in Metro Manila.

Ferrer also appealed for certain films in this year’s MMFF selection to be screened at more malls in the provinces where these were not shown.

Meanwhile, Senator Grace Poe has called on the MMFF executive committee to investigate one of its entries that allegedly had a dog butchered as part of the creation of the film.

Poe was referring to the MMFF entry Oro which received various awards, including the FPJ Memorial Award which was named after her late father.

“If in fact that were the case, I condemn such act and would move for the invalidation of the FPJ award given to the film,” she said.

Aside from this, the Philippine Animal Welfare Society has filed a complaint on the same issue before meeting with the MMFF executive committee on Monday.

The controversial scene has since been removed from the film while its director, Alvin Yapan has already denied having a dog killed on set.

For his part, Ferrer said they will comply with Poe’s request and will not condone any action that violates the law for artistic and creative purposes.

 

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