Soxy Talks Semantics in Light of Censoring 'Smoking' in Films

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MANILA, Philippines - Directors Guild of the Philippines, Inc. (DGPI) board member Soxy Topacio welcomes the suggestion of Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chair Francis Tolentino that directors, scriptwriters and producers remove "smoking scenes" from all 2011 Metro Manila Film Festival 2011 (MMFF) entries.

"Ako, okay ako diyan. Kasi lalung-lalo na sa Metro Manila Film Festival, karamihan niyan [movies] pang-GP [General Patronage] eh, maraming batang manonood. Pasko 'yan, eh. Yun din naman ang target ng mga producer," he said via a live phone interview on "Unang Hirit," June 3.

But, he has a question about the suggestion.

"Wary lang ako dun sa ano yung unnecessary and necessary. Who defines that? Kasi magkaka-problema tayo 'dyan in terms of sino ang magmo-monitor nung pelikula..."

In a story aired on "Saksi" last June 2, Tolentino voiced out this latest appeal that is said to be in line with their campaign to make Metro Manila smoke-free by banning smoking at certain public places.

"[We're doing this] para mas akma po yung tema sa pakay ng film festival - family-oriented, historical movies, merong value po sa ating lipunan," Tolentino explained.

The MMDA chairman clarified that they wouldn't do anything to change the theme or the story, but stressed that "- yung mga unecessary scenes lang not necessarily needed sa plot, sa storya na may naninigarilyo [makikiusap kami] kung pwedeng alisin."

"Halimbawa po [kung] naninigarilyo naman [and] sumusunod sa batas, nasa smoking section -baka naman po i-allow natin yun. …