RETURNING THE MONEY. Jobert also made mention of the P100,000 donation the Laguna governor gave to the group for sponsorship at its Golden Screen TV Awards last November 2011.
Because of the issue raised by Jobert, EnPress has decided to return the money.
The entertainment writers' group also said that the sponsorship "has [been] fully compensated by media mileage given to the Governor and his MMFF 2011 movie Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story."
ENPRESS STATEMENT. Below is the full statement of EnPress:
For the past nine years since the group's inception, the Entertainment Press Society (EnPress) has been giving out its movie awards known as EnPress Golden Screen Awards fairly and consistently.
EnPress is proud of its winners' circle, recognizing both mainstream and independent movies' achievement without fear or favor and purely on its merits. All nominated movies are duly reviewed and screened and individually scored by the voting members of EnPress.
For the 2012 Golden Screen Awards, fifteen of the twenty-four regular members participated in the screening. All movies screened are given individual score sheet where members get to all possible categories. Scores range from one (1) or not satisfactory to ten (10) excellent and this will be tallied after all movies are screened and the process of screening officially closes.
During the screening, individual votes are sacred and will not be known to the other screening members but to the Executive Committee Chairman only.
There is no deliberation during this process of individual voting.
With any/every category/individual achievement getting a score between 150 (everyone scoring 10) and 15 (everyone scoring 1), the EnPress Executive Committee peg a rating ceiling between 110 and 120 scores depending on the number of possible nominees. Only those reaching the ceiling scores can qualify for a nomination slot.
The nominee list is then read by the Executive Committee Chairman for the Golden Screen in a special meeting of EnPress and is approved by the members collectively. The approved nominee list becomes final and official and to this, EnPress stands by its result.
The EnPress is proud to award its set of winners this March 24, all nominees deserving to win by the high standard the Society has set from the start.
In good faith, the EnPress is returning the one hundred thousand pesos sponsorship given by Laguna Governor ER Ejercito for the Golden Screen TV Awards last November (for which the society has fully compensated by media mileage given to the Governor and his MMFF 2011 movie Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story).