Comedian-host and director Jun Sabayon didn’t mince words in slamming Sen. Jinggoy Estrada and other actor-politicians over the controversial K-Drama ban remarks.
Sabayton, in a Facebook post on Thursday, October 20 aired his frustration against Estrada and other politicians from the entertainment industry following the latter’s controversial statement against foreign series specifically K-Dramas.
Sabayton blasted Estrada’s statement of concern for the film and television workers saying why after so many actors and performers who have held government positions, the same problems in the Philippine entertainment industry persist.
He also questioned Estrada and others, about what have they done to address these problems.
“Sabi ni Jingoy concerned lang daw siya sa mga mangagawa ng Pelikula at Telebisyon.
“Eh Ang puga ang tagal niyo diyan! Ang dami niyong ng Artista , at Direktor na napunta sa Kamara, at Senado iba pa yung mga mga artista na naging Mayor at Konsehal? Ano nagawa niyo para aming mga malikhaing manggagawa ng Palabas sa Pelikula, telebisyon at patalastas? Ano?!
“Puro kayo pa utot!
“Hindi lang artista at direktor ha! Pati reporter at news presenter yung isa naging bise pa! So ano?!”
Estrada got the netizens fuming following his statement wanting to ban foreign telenovelas in the country.
In his statement on Tuesday, October 18 during the budget deliberations for the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), Estrada brought up the idea of banning K-Dramas to give more airtime to locally produced drama series.
“Ang aking obserbasayon, ‘pag patuloy tayo nagpapalabas ng Korean telenovela, ang hinahangaan ng ating mga kababayan ay itong mga Koreano at nawawalan ng trabaho at kita ‘yung ating mga artistang Pilipino,” he said.
“Kaya minsan, pumapasok sa aking isipan na i-ban itong mga telenovela ng mga foreigner at dapat ang mga artista nating Pilipino, na talagang may angking galing sa pag-arte ay ‘yun naman dapat ang ipalabas natin sa sariling bansa natin.”
Jinggoy later clarified that his statement was just a manifestation of his frustration and concern for the local entertainment industry that is being affected by the proliferation of foreign content in the country.
“My statement stems from the frustration that while we are only too eager and willing to celebrate South Korea’s entertainment industry, we have sadly allowed our own to deteriorate because of the lack of support from the movie-going public.”