MTRCB defends 'Maid in Malacañang' criticisms: Movie a 'dramatization,' not documentary

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 5) — The Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) defended the film "Maid in Malacañang" amid criticisms of its supposed attempt to distort historical facts.

MTRCB Chairperson Diorella Maria Sotto-Antonio on Thursday said the movie, which narrates the last three days in power of late dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos before the Marcos family flew to Hawaii during the 1986 People Power Revolution, does not present itself as a documentary.

"We also note that the said motion picture is a dramatization of the last seventy-two hours of the Marcos family in the Palace in 1986 and does not purport to be a documentary," she said in a statement.

Earlier this week, the Carmelite Monastery in Cebu slammed the portrayal of nuns in "Maid in Malacañang," describing a scene in the movie as "malicious" and an "attempt to distort history." Netizens also criticized the movie for boldly spreading propaganda two months into the presidency of Marcos' son and namesake, Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.

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The Marcos family is heavily involved in the making of the film. Presidential sister Sen. Imee Marcos, one of the movie's executive producers, said she believes "that by and large, it’s a work of truth."

Sotto also defended MTRCB's decision to give a parental guidance rating for the film, saying parents should guide the viewing habits of their children under 13 years old.

"While the PG rating serves to guide viewers and was assigned by the Board based on its own judgment applying contemporary Filipino cultural values as standard, parents are encouraged to conduct their own assessment," the official said.

MTRCB, a body under the Office of the President, reviews movies and TV shows to give clasmaid sification.