Photo: CNN Philippines

The Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) executive committee has revoked the Fernando Poe Jr. Memorial Award given to the film “Oro,” because of a graphic depiction of a dog being slaughtered in one scene.

Screenshot by Anna Cabrera, PAWS executive director

The decision came a day after Senator Grace Poe urged the MMFF organizers to investigate whether the film violated the Animal Welfare Act or Republic Act 8485 (as amended by RA 10631), which protects the welfare of animals.

Photo courtesy of Feliz Productions

“Aside from the criminal liability,” Poe said, “if indeed proven, the MMFF should also consider applicable administrative sanctions against the producers and/or filmmakers for any misrepresentation before the MMFF selection committee on this matter which in itself already justifies the movie being stripped of any and all awards it received, among other sanctions.”

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