Cong. Monsour de Rosario responds to ‘downfall’ issue of local film industry

  • Congressman Monsour de Rosario reacted to director Erik Matt’s post on the collapse of the local movie industry
  • Monsour has a say to the issue on the film industry’s decline
  • He stated out three reasons for the flop of local films

Monsour de Rosario, a Taekwondo Olympian, former action star, and currently Makati City’s first legislative district congressman, reacted to director Erik Matt’s opinion regarding the saddening downfall of the local film industry.

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He stated out three points regarding his opinion on the issue. First, he blames piracy, because the unauthorized use or reproduction of the films are vast and it gives consumers other options to watch the movies.

“Naaalala ko nun, siguro 18 years ago, nag-start na bumagsak ang film industry — una dahil na rin sa piracy. Yung ilan sa ating mga kababayan, siyempre sa halip na manuod sa sinehan, bibili na lang sila ng DVD sa mas murang halaga at paulit ulit pa nilang mapapanood. Kaya hindi mo rin sila masisi.”

Second is that high taxes financially constrain producers to invest in other genres of movies, especially indies.

“Pangalawa, mataas talaga ang taxes na binabayaran ng mga producers. So imagine mo, mag-invest ka sa isang pelikula tapos ‘di ka rin sure if maghi-hit. So bumabagsak ang kalidad ng mga pelikula. Dati uso pa ‘yung mga action films pero ngayon wala nang gustong mag-produce gaano kasi mahal— mahal ang magpasabog, mahal magpasara ng kalsada, mahal ang bala at mahal din magbayad ang mga stuntman, kaya nawala na rin ang mga aksyon. Kaya ngayon halos pare-parehas na lang palabas – puro love-story, drama, comedy. Wala nang variation. ‘Di mo masisisi ang mga tao if maghanap sila ng kakaiba.”

And third is that malls are monopolizing cinemas, unlike in the past there are independent movie houses that cater to all kinds of movies.

“Pangatlo, halos na-monopilize na ng mga malls ang pagpapalabas ng mga sine. Dati may maliliit na independent movie houses. Halimbawa – dito sa isang sinehan puro mga drama, dito naman sa isa, puro mga aksyon o comedy.”

He also added that there are numerous actors and actresses that offers high fees.

“Maraming artista rin ang masyadong mataas magpresyo.”

When asked if what should be done to bring back the patronage in the movie industry he said, “Kailangan talagang gumawa ng paraan upang solusyunan ang mga problema na ito. Bilang mambabatas, siyempre may mga priority tayo — unang-una para sa ating mga nasasakupan, pero tinitingnan din natin kung anong pwede nating maitulong para ibalik ang sigla ng local film industry.”

Monsour de Rosario is currently running for Vice Mayor in the city of Makati.

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