Posted September 25, 2018 08:50:37The Philippines’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it has ordered the cancellation of the films made to “mock the spirit of the Philippines” and to promote “anti-government sentiment”.
According to the Department of Foreign Relations (DFR), the decision came after a series of “public comments, which were deemed to be derogatory to the country and its people”.
The films included “Catch Me If You Can” (1986), “The Secret of My Love” (1991), “Dilma, Dilma” (1993), “Abracadabra” (1997) and “Junglesan”, among others.
Diane Leónardo Dicaprano, an actress and Filipino-American activist, said in a statement: “Filipinos should never be made to look like fools.
They should be proud to be Filipino.”
Dicaprano said in the statement that she and her family are planning to file a lawsuit against the Philippine government.
“It is a violation of the freedom of expression, freedom of association and freedom of religion,” she said.
She said she is a vocal supporter of the Occupy movement and has worked to improve the conditions of the Filipino workers in the film industry.
“I am deeply saddened that our film industry has been destroyed by the Government,” Dicprano added.