'Honor Thy Father' disqualified from MMFF Best Picture race

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) entry Honor Thy Father was disqualified from the Best Picture Category a day before the awards night, the film's Facebook page revealed on Saturday (December 26).

Posted on the page was a letter from Emerson Carlos, overall chairman of the MMFF. It was addressed to the film's producer Ronald Stephen Monteverde.

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The letter cited the non-disclosure of its participation as the opening film to the Cinema One Originals Festival 2015 as the reason behind its disqualification from the Best Picture Category of the MMFF 2015 Awards.

Magsasalita kami ngayong gabi. Abangan niyo. #honorthyfather #honorhonorthyfather #mmff2015scandal #DemandForHonorThyFather

Posted by Honor Thy Father on Saturday, December 26, 2015

Around the same time it posted the letter on Facebook, it also called out to netizens to make the hashtag #mmff2015 scandal trend on Twitter.


Tweets with the hashtag #DemandForHonorThyFather also questioned the MMFF's decision.


The people behind the film said they will issue a statement regarding the matter on Saturday evening.

The crime thriller stars John Lloyd Cruz and Meryll Soriano under the direction of Erik Matti. It looks into the world of fundamentalist Christianity in the Philippines and white collar crimes.

The awards night is set on Sunday (December 27) at the Kia Theater in Araneta Center, Quezon City.