Edu Manzano, chairman of the Optical Media Board (OMB), and SenatorBong Revilla exchanged barbs yesterday, December 5.
Bothgovernment officials expressed their disappointment after ananti-piracy raid at Makati Cinema Square. Edu reportedly called Bong'sparticipation an "interruption" because, aside from not coordinating with himabout the raid, he also had the confiscated material brought to the streetfor a "photo-op."
"Ang ginawa ni Revilla, pinababa niya ang mga nakumpiskainto the street at nagpakuha ng litrato," said Edu. "Nasaan na ba siya?Nang ako ang namumuno rito, natanggal ang Pilipinas sa priority watchlist ng UNTrade Representatives, bukod sa award na natatangap ng OMB mula sa mgainternational 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 ParañaqueCity. 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 dapatipaliwanag si Chairman Manzano at dapat magsimula ito sa biglang pag-atras niyana lumitaw sa raid. Sabi niya may sakit siya. Nakapagtatakang gumaling siya kaagad."
Bong also said that he proposed a 1.5 million peso budgetfor the OMB, so he was wondering why would Edu say such things against him.
"Dapat pagtulungan namin yun, at hindi pag-awayan. Anggusto ko lang, e magkaisa kami at mabuhay ang industriyang pinanggalingannamin."
MOLE INSIDE OMB? Bong revealed to the mediathat a mole (spy) inside the OMB was giving information to thepirated DVD/VCD vendors. He has asked Edu to explain this.
"Meron mole sa loob ng organization, which is true," Bongsaid. "Kahapon, ilan ang areas ang napuntahan, e, bago dumating ay nagsitakbuhanna mga tao. So, meron nang nakapag-text. Ipapatawag namin sila [Edu andcompany] sa Senado regarding that matter."
It was reported that the mole, in exchange for tip-offs onupcoming raids, received about one hundred pesos per vendor for every week.
Edu shot back, "talk is cheap. It is easy to makeaccusations but you have to prove it, e."