"We’re living in the season of the devil," declared Pinky Amador about the tumultuous incidents happening in the country today.
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) spoke to Amador during the Philippine premiere of Lav Diaz’s latest film, Ang Panahon ng Halimaw (Season of the Devil), held at the University of the Philippines - Diliman.
Ang Panahon ng Halimaw is a four-hour musical that depicts the violence perpetrated by military forces in a small barrio during the Marcos regime in the late 1970s. It follows the struggles of a poet/activist (played by Piolo Pascual) who has not gotten over the disappearance of his wife (played by Shaina Magdayao).
In one scene, the body of a victim is left on the ground with a sign indicating: Huwag tularan: isang rebelde."
Amador is seen in the movie as a character called Kwago. Through her Facebook account, she described Kwago as a “woman whose husband and son were ‘taken’ by armed forces during Martial Law. Kwago was later ‘demonized’ as part of the oppressors ‘propaganda’ to sow lies and fear in Barrio Ginto."
When PEP asked the thespian to clarify why she thinks the Philippines is “living in the season of the devil,” Amador pointed out, “Totoo naman, di ba? Napaka-simple, the minute na mag-criticize ka. Kawawa ka agad. Hindi naman dapat ganun.
"Dapat diversity of opinion. That’s just not happening now.”
Given her critical views on the current administration of President Rodrigo Duterte, PEP asked Amador if she has been bashed on social media due to the unpopular opinion she expressed.
The Aliw Awardee for Best Stage Actress cited an incident that occurred prior to her appearance in the Lav Diaz film.
“Before this project, I attended an anti-Marcos-burial rally and I got bashed for that. That was my first experience.
“I also did a play. I played an Imelda Marcos fanatic. Anak ko yung dilawan. Na-bash din ako dun. In that sense, people were a bit confused. Naka-terno ako. Nakataas buhok ko. Ano ka ba talaga? Hindi pa ako ganun kabihasa sa bashing.”
Amador is referring to the play Loyalist Redux, one of a set of plays in Never Again: Voices of Martial Law, performed at the Bantayog ng Mga Bayani theatre in 2016.
Loyalist Redux, by Kanakan Balintago, showed the relationship between a pro-Marcos mother and her anti-Marcos son.
Amador also detailed specific political and current events under the Duterte administration: “Of course, we’re losing our freedom. The chief justice is under attack."
She was referring to Maria Lourdes Sereno who was ousted by the Supreme Court.
Amador continued: "Leila de Lima is in jail, the drug lords aren’t. There are too many inconsistencies. Masyado maraming karahasang nangyayari. Medyo nakakabagabag."
Senator De Lima is the former Justice Secretary and Commission on Human Rights Chair who is currently detained for her alleged involvement in a drug trafficking ring.
Ang Panahon ng Halimaw (Season of the Devil) will be shown in select Ayala cinemas, namely Glorietta 4, Trinoma, Market Market, Fairview Terraces, Cloverleaf, Ayala Cebu, starting today, May 30.
This black-and-white "rock opera" made its world premiere at the 68th Berlin International Film Festival in February 2018.