Nanindigan si Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) Executive Committee member Marichu 'Manay Ichu' Maceda na hindi niya diniktahan ang Board of Jurors kaugnay ng diskwalipikasyon ng Honor Thy Father sa Best Picture category, para sa isinagawang MMFF Awards Night noong December 27.
Paliwanag ni Manay Ichu, "[On] December 21, while they were deliberating, we informed the chairman of the jury, Professor Weng Reyes, who unfortunately is not present today, that we have to inform the jury that there is a problem with the Best Picture category and that we were going to recommend to the jury about the disqualification from the Best Picture category.
"Professor Weng specifically made it known that she wanted the opinion of the jury regarding the disqualification and she even asked, 'Would you like to be part of the decision?'
"And Ms. Julie Yap Daza [Board of Jurors member] said we want to be part of the decision.
"We don't want it to be decided upon solely by the ExeCom. Am I right? She said that?
"And that's when we assured the jury that we would take care of the responsibility and we will take it up on the ExeCom"
Diin pa niya, "It is not true that we dictated on them."
Inihayag ito ni Manay Ichu sa pagdinig ng Kongreso hinggil sa kontrobersiyang kinasasangkutan ng pamunuan ng MMFF at diskwalipikasyon ng Honor Thy Father, na ginanap sa Batasang Pambansa Complex kahapon, January 11.
Taliwas ito sa testimoniya ng MMFF Board of Jurors member na si Atty. Carmen Musngi na sinabihan silang mga hurado nina Manay Ichu at Dominic Du na hindi na kasama sa listahan ng nominado para sa Best Picture ang Honor Thy Father.
Ito ay sa kadahilanang hindi umano naging bukas ang producer ng Honor Thy Father tungkol sa pagpapalabas ng naturang pelikula sa Cinema One Originals Festivals bago pa sa MMFF.
Samantala, mismong si Manay Ichu ang nagsabing nagkaroon ng resolusyon ang MMFF Special Committee at Rules Committee na irekomenda sa MMFF Executive Committee na diskwalipikahin ang Honor Thy Father sa Best Picture category noong December 14.
Ito ay sa kabila ng kaalamang nagsumite ang kampo ng Honor Thy Father ng liham, na may petsang November 5, na nagsasabing ipalalabas ang naturang pelikula bilang opening film ng Cinema One Originals Festival.
Paliwanag ni Manay Ichu, "We did not call any meetings after November 6.
"We could not call an ExeCom meeting because there was a transfer of position from [then outgoing MMDA] Chairman [Francis] Tolentino to Chairman Carlos.
"And then there was APEC [Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation assembly in Manila], and then we could only call the meeting of the special committee on December 14.
"And that is when we felt that complaints that have been piling up through the weeks that several people were informing us, 'Bakit isasali pa 'yang Honor Thy Father, e, nilabas na 'yan sa festivals?"
"It was always at the back of our minds.
"And yet, we admit we did not act on it because we thought compassionate, nakapagastos na sila.
"But again, [on] December 14, we realized that violations were made, so we acted on it."
Ngunit kinuwestiyon ng ilang miyembro ng Kongreso na kabilang sa imbestigasyon, kung bakit diumano'y sinabihan nina Manay Ichu at Du ang mga hurado na disqualified na ang Honor Thy Father noong December 21, gayong wala pang pinal na desisyon ang MMFF ExeCom.
Sa katunayan, December 26 pa nang magpulong ang ExeCom members at pormal na nagdesisyong idiskwalipika ang naturang pelikula; isang araw bago ganapin ang Gabi ng Parangal ng MMFF 2015.
Sagot ni Manay Ichu sa interpolasyon sa kanya ng isang kongresista, "After December 21, we have no time to call the ExeCom for a meeting because we were busy preparing for the Parade of Stars, which was on December 23.
"On December 24, we could not [hold a meeting]."
POSSIBLE VIOLATION OF EXECOM MEMBERS? Hindi naman tuwirang sinagot ni MMDA Chairman at MMFF Overall Chairman Atty. Emerson Carlos nang tanungin siya ni Representative Neri Colmenares kung maituturing na violation ang paghayag ni Manay Ichu at isa pang ExeCom member na si Dominic Du na huwag nang isali ng Board of Jurors ang Honor Thy Father sa deliberation para sa Best Picture category.
Ang interpolasyong ito ni Rep. Colmenares ay base pa rin sa rebelasyon ni Musngi kaugnay ng diumano'y naganap na diskusyon noong December 21 deliberation ng Board of Jurors.
Paliwanag ni MMDA Chairman Carlos, "I was not aware your honor [of what transpired during the December 14 and December 21 meetings].
"I was only made aware during the December 26 meeting."
Dagdag pa niya, "I think there was a different version that was communicated to us.
"You may allow the persons involved, particularly Ms. Marichu, to explain the version that was relayed to us on December 26."
Gayunman, hindi naging sapat para sa ilang miyembro ng Kongreso ang naging paliwanag ni Manay Ichu.
Sa ngayon, wala pang naitakdang araw para sa susunod na pagdinig hinggil sa kaso ng diskwalipikasyon ng Honor Thy Father at iba pang diumano'y iregularidad sa MMFF.