MANILA - The organizers of the 41st Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) has vehemently denied on Saturday "ticket swapping" incidents that plagued the first day of the annual film festival, calling it "a baseless issue [that] will only sideline the true intent and purpose of the festival".
"The Metro Manila Film Festival, after looking into the ticket swapping issue, strongly denies the existence of such and is enjoining all the stakeholders of the festival to be responsible in expressing their sentiments especially on social media," a statement posted on Facebook read.
"The objective of the MMFF is to promote the local film industry and this baseless issue will only sideline the true intent and purpose of the festival. Let’s continue supporting all the entries of the MMFF 2015," it added.
On Friday, a Twitter user named Monica Mapalo claimed that her ticket for "My Bebe Love," one of the eight official entries to this year’s MMFF, was being "swapped" with a ticket of "Beauty and the Bestie," a comedy starring Vice Ganda, Coco Martin, James Reid, and Nadine Lustre.
Jose Javier Reyes, the director of "My Bebe Love," responded to the accusation and took to Twitter to "confirm" incidents of "ticket swapping". He wrote: "Got word from producer: It is true. Make sure that the title of the movie on your ticket is what you want to watch. Beware of ticket swapping."
As of writing, Reyes has yet to respond to the statement released by MMFF.