Long-time Philippine showbiz fan and former Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go called for an intensified crackdown against movie piracy.
Meeting with the movie press recently for a brief get together, he said that piracy has taken its toll on the local movie industry.
He lamented the decline of the local movie industry “because of technology and foreign movies which have heavily influenced our moviegoers nowadays.”
Even worse, Go said pirates and unscrupulous businesses have preyed on the “fruits of sweat, love, and labor,” of local film industry.
A candidate for senator in the 2019 polls, Go said that if elected, “I will push for strategies to crack down on these illegal businesses and strengthen the campaign against piracy.”
Go said the urgency of this action could be summed up in the timeless words of Vilma Santos in the film Sister Stella L, “Kung hindi tayo kikilos, sino ang kikilos? Kung hindi ngayon, kailan pa?”
Recalling the heyday of the Philippine cinema that inspired and entertained entire generations of Filipino fans, Go said there is no doubt the local film industry can create stories with depth and value and at par with foreign production given proper support and protection.
Go attended as well the induction ceremony honoring the outstanding achievements of personalities in the fields of film, television, as well as news and broadcasting.
Among those inducted in the Walk of Fame were Pia Wurtzbach, Vhong Navarro, Derek Ramsay, Julia Barretto,Ken Chan, Director Chito Roño, Sampaguita Pictures’ Dr. Jose Perez (Posthumous), Marichu Vera Perez-Maceda, and broadcaster Rico Hizon.
Over at the lunch with the movie press, he recalled how, during his younger years, his parents allowed him to watch the films of FPJ and Dolphyat the cinema in Davao. He also bared his association with actors like Epi Quizon, Dolphy’s son, and Jeffrey Santos, whom he used to drop off at Broadway Centrum for rehearsals for That’s Entertainment.
Go hoped that in the future he could work with the film industry to keep it strong, underscoring that our movies depict our culture and the lives of each and every Filipino around the world.
“We need to amplify the quality of Philippine cinema, especially to our youth. If we are to uniquely identify ourselves as Filipinos, we need more Filipino-made films,” Go said.