The Motion Picture Anti-Film Piracy Council granted monetary rewards to seven theater and film production employees who were responsible for the arrest and filing of cases involving the video-taping of first-run films being exhibited in four theaters in Metropolitan Manila. All cases involved violations of Republic Act 9239 or the Optical Media Act of 2003.
The rewards were given out to the awardees during ceremonies held at the Shang-rila Restaurant on East Avenue, Quezon City, last Tuesday, August 21.
The checks were handed out by Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Chairman Bayani Fernando, Anti-Film Piracy Council President Ric Camaligan and Chairman Remy Monteverde, and Ms. Ma. Socorro Aydinan, acting deputy head of the special project office of the Presidential Management Staff of Malacañang.
The theater and film production employees who received the rewards included Jimmy M. Bonita and Jay Go of Marketplace Shopping Mall in Mandaluyong (P20,000); production checkers Danny del Poso and Dennis Sadia of Solar Entertainment Corporation (P20,000); Rodrigo V de Leon of Uniprom Incorporated and Gateway Cinema (P20,000); and Alfred Sta. Ana and Jayron G. Belen, security guards of Glorietta Cinema in Makati City (P10,000).
The awardees include (from left): Jimmy Bonita and Jay Go of Marketplace Shopping Mall Cinemas; Rodrigo de Leon of Uniprom and Gateway Cinemaplex; and Dennis Sadia and Rudy Dimson (representing Danny del Poso) of Solar Entertainment Corporation.
Bonita, advertising executive of Marketplace Shopping Mall, and Go, projectionist of Cinema II, saw Jose Aldrin Socias y Verona, 37, of 2969 A. Bautista st., Punta, Sta. Ana, in the act of recording the film Fantastic 4 with his cellular phone inside Cinema II of the shopping mall.
The two cinema employees sought the assistance of security officer Rogelio H. Gaite who arrested the suspect and confiscated a Nokia cellular phone he was allegedly using. The case was filed before the city prosecutor of Mandaluyong City.
Anti-film piracy council president Ric Camaligan congratulates awardees Bonita and Go of Marketplace Shopping Mall in the presence of MMDA Chairman Bayani Fernando and Ms. M. Socorro Aydinan of the Presidential Management Staff.
Production checkers Del Poso and Sadia discovered Jay Pedro Turin y Padayao, of Blk. 2 Lot 4, Pelayo Village, Talon, Las Piñas City, video-taping the film Transformers using a Toshiba Vodaphone cellphone inside Cinema 4 of Metropolis Shopping Mall in Alabang last June 28.
Rudy G. Dimson, a monitoring inspector of the Metropolis Cinema Complex, subsequently apprehended the suspect. The case was filed by Solar Entertainment Corp. before the office of the city prosecutor of Muntinlupa City.
MMDA Chairman Fernando hands over the check to Sadia and Dimson of Solar Entertainment Corp. in the presence of (from left) anti-film piracy council chairman Remy Monteverde, Camaligan and Ms. Aydinan.
Awardee De Leon, representing Uniprom Inc., filed a case before the office of the city prosecutor of Q.C. against Reynaldo de los Reyes y Ligayo, of 5 Agusan st., Sta. Mesa Heights, Q.C. Archimedes Tuazon, an inspector of ICT Security and Investigation Agency, was patrolling inside Cinema 5 when he caught the suspect taking a video-recording of the film Transformers on June 27 at the Gateway Mall Cinemaplex in Cubao.
Chairman Fernando hands the check to Rodrigo de Leon.
Security guards Sta. Ana and Belen were responsible in apprehending a woman theatergoer who was allegedly video-taping Star Cinema’s Ang Cute ng Ina Mo last April 26. .
Mr. Camaligan, council president, said that the granting of rewards to theater and film production employees who will facilitate the arrest of persons illegally video-taping films being exhibited in cinemas will hopefully provide the incentive for an intensified anti-film piracy campaign, especially in the metropolitan area.
MMDA Chairman Fernando assured that the MMDA will backstop and support this intensified campaign against film piracy which aims to utilize theater security manpower as well as other employees to prevent illegal taping of films.
Secretary Cerge Remonde of the Presidential Management Staff had assured council officials that for its part, Malacañang has already ordered and advised law enforcement agencies to provide manpower support to the council, the local film industry and the theaters’ association regarding the anti-piracy campaign.