Coco Martin hopes that the controversy involving the 2017 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) will be resolved.
It will be recalled that scriptwriter Ricky Lee, academician Rolando Tolentino, and broadcast journalist Kara Magsanoc-Alikpala resigned from the MMFF Executive Committee on June 30.
It was on this day that the MMFF Execom revealed the first four official entries selected from 26 scripts that were submitted.
Coco's movie, Ang Panday, is one of the films which made the cut.
When asked for his reaction to the three MMFF Execom members who resigned, the Kapamilya star simply said, "Kanya-kanya kasing opinion. Mahirap magbigay ng sarili kong opinion dahil maaaring mali ako."
What is his reaction to those criticizing the MMFF for going back to the old system or way of doing things?
He said, "Mahirap po magsalita, pero ako naman, ang importante lang, kung makapasok tayo dito, pagbutihin natin para walang masabi sa atin at masulit ang ibabayad ng mga manonood."
During the media launch of Ang Panday, held at Fernwood Gardens in Quezon City, Tuesday, July 4, the actor-turned-director said that he intends to focus on giving moviegoers value for their money.
“Ako naman po, sabi ko nga, lahat naman po ng tao may kanya-kanyang opinion, may kanya-kanyang panlasa. Mahirap po kasi magsalita.
“Basta kami, ngayong napili po kami, dapat lang talaga pagbutihin namin para mapaligaya natin ang mga manonood."
When asked for his message to the MMFF Execom, Coco pointed out, "Sana maayos kasi ginagawa naman natin ito para sa mga manonood.
"Alam ko naman maaayos rin 'yan. Last year, may ganyan rin.
"Ang importante, sino ba ang mga taong mapapaligaya natin? Para kanino ba ang ginagawa natin?
"Para sa industriya ito."
Aside from starring and directing Ang Panday, Coco will also serve as a producer of this movie that is funded by his own company, CCM Creative Productions, Inc.
The other MMFF 2017 entries are The Revengers (starring Vice Ganda, Daniel Padilla, and Pia Wurtzbach); Almost is Not Enough (starring Jennylyn Mercado and Jericho Rosales); and Love Traps #FamilyGoals (starring Vic Sotto and Dawn Zulueta).
The four other entries to complete the Magic 8 will be selected from finished films that can be submitted until October 2017.