Carla Abellana, Sarah Geronimo, Janella Salvador, other celebs condemn dog killing in Oro

Celebrities like (L-R) Carla Abellana, Sarah Geronimo, and Janella Salvador join the condemnation of the slaughtering of a dog for the movie Oro.

Several celebrities have joined the condemnation of the slaughter of a dog for Oro, a 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) official entry.

The celebrities, most of whom are pet owners, took to social media to express their disappointment over the incident.

Kapuso actress-TV host Carla Abellana posted on Instagram a screenshot of the Oro script where the controversial scene was being described.

On the caption, the Karelasyon host said: “To those responsible for the killing and butchering of an aspin in the movie, Oro- SHAME ON YOU.”

LAUREN YOUNG. Kapuso actress Lauren Young posted several messages on Twitter to express her disgust over the incident.

The younger sister of Miss World 2013 Megan Young is furious that the filmmakers had to use a live animal for the killing scene.

Lauren said, "With all our resources nowadays I still don't understand why they couldn't use a fake animal?

"Sobrang galit ko dahil sa mga nababasa ko.

"I can't even think straight because I can't wrap my head around this issue.

"Nakakalungkot. Sobra."

HEART EVANGELISTA. Heart Evangelista, a supporter of the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), also expressed deep anger over the dog slaughter.

She said, “Nakakahiya at nakakagalit. A life is a life and should never be trivialized for the sake of art or what have you. Such a shame!!!”

Read: Heart Evangelista condemns dog-slaughter scene in Oro: "Nakakahiya at nakakagalit."

SARAH GERONIMO. Pop Princess Sarah Geronimo expressed surprise and sadness about the killing.

“Kung totoo man ito...hindi ko mapaniwalaan na nagawa nilang patayin ang walang kamalay-malay na asong ito para lang maging makatotohanan ang isang eksena sa pelikula. Nakakadurog ng puso,” she wrote on her Twitter posts.

SAAB MAGALONA. The killing also left Saab Magalona, sister of Maxene and Elmo Magalona, ballistic.

On her Twitter account, she said: “Sa lahat ng ORO cast & crew na alam ang nangyari sa aso at walang ginawa: mandiri kayo sa sarili niyo. Wala kayong puso.”


JANELLA SALVADOR. Kapamilya actress-singer Janella Salvador, who owns several dogs, was just as crestfallen at the discovery that two real dogs were actually killed for the film.

“I'm literally crying my eyes out right now after reading about 2 dogs killed on the set of an award winning MMFF movie. It's unacceptable,” she said.

COLLEEN GARCIA. Meanwhile, Kapamilya actress Coleen Garcia went a step further and related the controversy to the bigger issue of animal cruelty in the country.

The pet owner said, “What we can gain from the#Oro controversy is awareness. Ultimately, the scene's an accurate depiction of what happens here in our own country.

“If it truly disturbs u, then I urge u to take part in a movement that aims to put a stop to the dog meat trade + animal cruelty altogether.”

MAKING A STAND. Character actress Japo Parcero, who is part of the cast of Oro, deplored the incident.

On her Facebook post last Tuesday, January 3, Japo confirmed that two dogs actually died for the controversial scene.

The actress also said that she told the film's director, Alvin Yapan, about her intention to take a stand against the killing.

In fairness, he said I can go ahead, but that in his defense, it was 'under the bounds of culture in the area.' He again insisted that the dog was not killed for the purpose of the film.”

STRIPPED OF FPJ AWARD. After a meeting with teams Oro and PAWS, the MMFF has ordered the filmmakers to delete the controversial scene for future screenings.

The MMFF 2016 Execom also put out a statement saying it will not condone any act of animal cruelty, adding:

“Neither will it allow the Festival to be the vehicle for any such actions.”

Read: MMFF prohibits Oro from showing dog-slaughter scene in theaters


Despite these moves, PAWS remains firm about filing legal complaints against people involved in the dog slaughter.

Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) Chairperson Liza Diño also promised to continue investigating the case.

On her Facebook account last Tuesday, January 3, she said: “MMFF executive committee has limitations on jurisdiction over the ORO issue but FDCP can take this from here on and pursue the matter.


Following the controversy, Oro was stripped of the FPJ Memorial Award, which was given to it at the 42nd Metro Manila Film Festival Gabi ng Parangal on December 29.






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