Bea Alonzo and director Dan Villegas expressed their disappointment over the rampant online piracy that has been affecting the Philippine movie industry.
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) had the chance to ask their thoughts about this crime during the bloggers' conference of How To Be Yours last July 28.
Direk Dan said, "Sad, kasi di ba, I mean, sobrang hirap noon sa amin, pinaghirapan mo yung something.
"Wala na, hindi mo na mababalik yung binigay mo dun sa pelikula, e. Kahit sino naman."
Star Cinema AdProm director Mico del Rosario then revealed that ABS-CBN's film outfit is currently coordinating with the National Bureau of Investigation and the Philippine National Police in order to stop piracy.
He disclosed, "Actually, hindi lang namin shine-share publicly yung steps, but there are mechanisms in place para maiwasan siya.
"We're coordinating with our I.T. Teams, NBI… Actually, si Enrico [Santos] ngayon is with PNP, meron silang mga ginagawa.
"We're fighting it, nilalabanan natin. Tapos tulungan tayo kasi in fairness sa mga fans, nagre-report sila so continue to do so."
Bea, for her part, feels upset that there are people who would resort to piracy.
The ABS-CBN actress expressed, "Feeling ko kasi, ang daming tao na hindi nare-realize na it's actually a crime, na pagnanakaw talaga siya.
"Parang pumunta ka sa isang store, kukuha ka ng isang bagay na hindi mo binayaran.
"Feeling ko kasi, feeling nila since ang daming pangyayaring ganito, normal lang siya, which is not.
"It's actually offensive kasi we really work hard to create a movie tapos nanakawin lang so sana hindi natin suportahan."
ILLEGAL UPLOADING. Producers were alarmed when The Achy Breaky Hearts was shared on Facebook while the movie was still being screened in cinemas.
A netizen informed director Antoinette Jadaone that her movie starring Jodi Sta. Maria, Ian Veneracion, and Richard Yap has been uploaded on Facebook.
For this reason, Star Cinema asked the public to help stop online piracy by reporting Facebook pages that engage in the illegal distribution of the film.
Unfortunately, online piracy did not stop there as full versions of succeeding movies such as I Love You To Death and Imagine You and Me were also uploaded on Facebook.
I Love You To Death lead stars Kiray Celis and Enchong Dee turned to social media to express their disappointment over this crime.
Sa lahat ng makakakita ng link ng I LOVE YOU TO DEATH sa facebook, wag na panuorin & i-share! Block niyo na! Tayo sumisira ng sariling atin!— Johanna Kiray Celis (@kiraycelis) July 17, 2016
Mag 150k views na yung movie naming #ILoveYouToDeath sa fb. Maganda yan! Tayo mismo pumapatay sa sarili nating industriya! Hayyyy! :(— Johanna Kiray Celis (@kiraycelis) July 17, 2016
Wow! Paano po yung hirap namin sa pag gawa? Tapos ipopost lang po pala sa facebook? Pasalamat papo pala kami? https://t.co/OyGP6v1dYP— Johanna Kiray Celis (@kiraycelis) July 17, 2016
According to Star Cinema, people may send the links of illegally-uploaded movies to this e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.