ER Ejercito. File Photo.
MANILA – ER Ejercito on Wednesday said he does not harbor ill feelings toward the Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC) amid rumors that the Star Awards for Movies was rigged.
This comes after the PMPC said it is "saddened by the unfortunate turn of events," apparently referring to a Facebook post by entertainment reporter Jobert Sucaldito.
Sucaldito alleged that Vice Ganda’s Best Actor win was paid for and backed by a member of the organization. Ejericto, who is Sucaldito’s public relations client, was also nominee for Best Actor.
In an interview with ABS-CBN News on the sidelines of Gawad Tanglaw, the actor-politician said he respects the PMPC and he has high regard for the people behind it.
“Mahal ko ang ENPRESS, mahal ko ang PMPC, mahal ko ang lahat ng media. Kaya nga taun-taon binibigyan ko sila ng Christmas party. Mahal ko ang pelikulang Pilipino, mahal ko ang entertainment press. Mabuhay ang PMPC,” he said.
Saying his commitment is to produce quality films, Ejercito said: “Ma-nominate lang ako, winner na ako. Yung mabigyan ng award ay bonus na lang sa akin.”
Nonetheless, the “Boy Golden: Shoot to Kill” actor said he respects the opinions of Sucaldito.
“I respect the opinion and the good intentions of Mr. Jobert Sucaldito. Mahusay at magaling na tao si Jobert at nirerespeto ko ang kanyang opinyon na i-correct ang maling ginagawa sa industriya. Mabuhay ka Jobert Sucaldito,” he said.
Despite the intrigues, Ejercito thanked the PMPC for the Best Actress win of KC Concepcion, who was his leading lady in the movie “Boy Golden.”
“Mabuhay ang PMPC. Salamat sa pagiging Best Actress ni Ms. KC Concepcion. Salamat sa Best Production Design and Best Music and Theme Song. Salamat PMPC,” he said.
On Wednesday, Vice Ganda denied that he paid for his award, adding that he will not return the trophy because his conscience is clear.