Edu Manzano, chairman of the Optical Media Board (OMB), and Senator Bong Revilla exchanged barbs yesterday, December 5.
Both government officials expressed their disappointment after an anti-piracy raid at Makati Cinema Square. Edu reportedly called Bong's participation an "interruption" because, aside from not coordinating with him about the raid, he also had the confiscated material brought to the street for a "photo-op."
"Ang ginawa ni Revilla, pinababa niya ang mga nakumpiska into the street at nagpakuha ng litrato," said Edu. "Nasaan na ba siya? Nang ako ang namumuno rito, natanggal ang Pilipinas sa priority watchlist ng UN Trade Representatives, bukod sa award na natatangap ng OMB mula sa mga international anti-piracy organization."
Edu also said that he and Bong—who held the OMB chief post before Edu—had an agreement last Monday, December 3, about the latter accompanying him in a raid on Night Ruins located at Parañaque City. Revilla failed to show up on the said meeting but, instead, appeared at the Makati Cinema Square raid after the OMB search-and-confiscate operation.
In response to Edu's claims, Bong answered, "Maraming dapat ipaliwanag si Chairman Manzano at dapat magsimula ito sa biglang pag-atras niya na lumitaw sa raid. Sabi niya may sakit siya. Nakapagtatakang gumaling siya kaagad."
Bong also said that he proposed a 1.5 million peso budget for the OMB, so he was wondering why would Edu say such things against him.
"Dapat pagtulungan namin yun, at hindi pag-awayan. Ang gusto ko lang, e magkaisa kami at mabuhay ang industriyang pinanggalingan namin."
MOLE INSIDE OMB? Bong revealed to the media that a mole (spy) inside the OMB was giving information to the pirated DVD/VCD vendors. He has asked Edu to explain this.
"Meron mole sa loob ng organization, which is true," Bong said. "Kahapon, ilan ang areas ang napuntahan, e, bago dumating ay nagsitakbuhan na mga tao. So, meron nang nakapag-text. Ipapatawag namin sila [Edu and company] sa Senado regarding that matter."
It was reported that the mole, in exchange for tip-offs on upcoming raids, received about one hundred pesos per vendor for every week.
Edu shot back, "talk is cheap. It is easy to make accusations but you have to prove it, e."