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Suzette Doctolero triggered by Andoy Ranay’s “aanhin ang franchise kung basura ang trabaho”

“Natatandaan ko…After the success of My husband’s lover (ahem)…Gumawa rin siya ng LGBT themed soap. I dont’ even remember the title kasi sandali lang nag-air e. Hindi kasi nag rate. Puro seks pa, akala ko nga ay pornoserye.”

Kapuso writer Suzette Doctolero has some words for Kapamilya director Andoy Ranay regarding ABS-CBN’s “world-class quality” content.

Direk Ranay, during the virtual media conference of My Sunset Girl on July 10, explained his reason for staying with the Kapamilya Network. While saying his cause, he stated this:



“Aanhin mo ang franchise kung basura naman yung trabaho. I mean parang mas masarap na lang magtrabaho kahit bawas ang sweldo, kahit hindi laging may trabaho.

“Pero alam mo na quality na trabaho ang maibibigay mo sa audience mo. I know, in the service of the Filipino, we have responsibilities to our audience. Kaya yun ang ibibigay natin, hanggang dulo, magkasama tayo.”

This statement from Ranay drew the ire of Doctolero as she posted on her Facebook ridiculing a work of the Kapamilya director.

According to Ranay, ABS-CBN was known for making quality content. But for Doctolero, the network did some shows that were not of “world-class quality”.

Remembering the time when Ranay did an LGBT-themed soap, Doctolero lambasted its quality, saying that it is close to being a “pornoserye”.

“Natatandaan ko…After the success of My husband’s lover (ahem)…Gumawa rin siya ng LGBT themed soap. I don’t even remember the title kasi sandali lang nag-air e. Hindi kasi nag rate. Puro seks pa, akala ko nga ay pornoserye.

Since it ended quickly, Doctolero then pointed that Ranay and his team could not fully commit to an LGBT-themed drama. For the Kapuso writer, the show’s production team was “afraid” to show such a series.

“Tapos, hindi nila yata napanindigan ang tema (ng LGBT ha, hindi ng porno). Natakot yata? Kaya siguro ay iniliko uli ang kwento, ginawang hetero love uli. Haha,” she continued.

Doctolero even said that those who cannot stick to the show’s original theme were “weak”.

To add how ABS-CBN are not the only ones who can make world-class shows, Doctolero noted that only GMA Network is brave enough to commit to a show’s story no matter what kind of theme they are doing.

“Klaro ito. GMA-7 lang po ang gumagawa ng matatapang na kwento at ito ay aming pinaninindigan hanggang sa dulo, mag rate man o hindi. Why? Kasi may respeto kami sa audience at sa LGBT community (pati sa mga indigenous community, sa mga pwd, sa lahat na, na ginagawan namin sa GMA ng kwento),” explained the writer.

But her rant did not end there. In another Facebook post, she stressed that TV networks in the Philippines have not yet reached world-class content.

She pointed, “Ang world class, kapag itinampok mo ang kwento, kultura at karanasang Pinoy, pero universal pa rin ang tema, kaya makakarelate ang mga banyaga.”

Doctolero then said that Ranay’s standard of world-class quality content is very low.

“Ang babaw ng pamantayan kung world-class na ang taguri sa mga show na pinroduced abroad (gamit allegedly ang loan na di binayaran daw! Daw ha!) pero same-same na kwento. Boy meets girl eklavu. Tsk. Hindi world class yun. Magaling lang sa promo, at pinaniniwala kayo na sila ay world class pero same-same content at molde.”
Again, Doctolero proved her point that ABS-CBN’s shows can not be considered world-class quality as of this moment. In her final Facebook post, she emphasized how the Kapamilya shows were generic and cliché.
“Pero pansinin na iisa ang molde ng mga show. Bidang breadwinner na mula sa mahirap na pamilya pero masaya sila kahit poor. Chummy family, Brady Bunch concept. Tapos mame-meet ang isang guy o girl na mayaman. Same-same. Iba-iba lang ang location. Baguio, Manila, Italy, Amerika, Timbukto, tralala. Pero same kwento. Same problema. Malaki lang ang mga artista. Pero pwede nga itong isulat na nakapikit. Haha.”
Meanwhile, GMA Network has a broader range of themes in their stories compared to ABS-CBN. Doctolero said that writers of the Kapuso Network were given the “creative freedom” that they need to make compelling stories.
“Pero uulitin ko: malawak ang tema ng mga kwento at konsepto dito sa aming munting tahanan. May creative freedom. Kami lang ang gumagawa ng mga historical serye, LGBT, PWD, indigenous people’s story, at matitinding fantasy series, and yes gumagawa rin kami ng mga kabitan at sampalan at saka mga political serye. Iba-iba. Kasi iba-iba rin ang taste ng audience.”


To back up her claim, Doctolero showed how GMA Network, despite being ridiculed to have no stars, beat ABS-CBN’s longest-running teleserye, FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano, in terms of ratings. However, she commended the Kapamilya series’s creative team because of how the story is going.
“Tignan ninyo: nasa kanila na raw ang lahat ng mga sikat at mga walang name daw ang mga artista namin pero natatalo pa namin sa ratings (ang probinsyano lang ang mahirap patumbahin, na nagawa ng Enca at saka yung mga show namin now haha, pero bilib rin ako sa creative team nun). Why? Kasi content is king,” she continued.
Despite beating ABS-CBN in terms of ratings, Doctolero said that GMA Network is not claiming that their shows are of world-class quality. They, at the Kapuso Network, knew that more improvements and changes are needed even to say that.
“Pero wala kaming claim na world class kami kasi alam namin na marami pang dapat gawin at ayusin at babaguhin,” she ended.

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