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While conducting an investigation on whether or not Oro was guilty of animal cruelty, the executive committee of the Metro Manila Film Festival has decided to strip Oro of the FPJ Memorial Award.


According to ABS-CBN, the committee came to a decision “after a meeting with Senator Grace Poe, the daughter of the late action star whom the award was named after.”

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Yesterday, Sen. Poe issued a statement urging the committee to investigate the escalating controversy surrounding the Alvin Yapan-directed drama.

The Philippine Animal Welfare wrote a complaint “over a scene where an alleged dog was shown being gutted as it was being prepared to be cooked,” the ABS-CBN report continues. It, of course, cited the Animal Welfare Act of 1998 prohibiting the use of animals killed for the purpose of film production.

Alvin Yapan meanwhile has also issued his statement denying such a thing happened during the filming of Oro. They used a pig in place of a dog, he said.

Oro won three awards: Best Actress for Irma Adlawan, Best Ensemble Cast, and the Fernando Poe Jr. Memorial Award.

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