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Did Vice Ganda buy his first acting award?


EARLY last week, radio announcer and tabloid writer Jobert Sucaldito accused the members of the Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC) of selling the Best Actor award to a PMPC member who had lobbied on Vice Ganda’s behalf.

EARLY last week, radio announcer and tabloid writer Jobert Sucaldito accused the members of the Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC) of selling the Best Actor award to a PMPC member who had lobbied on Vice Ganda’s behalf.

The outspoken Sucaldito was perplexed when Vice Ganda’s name was announced Best Actor winner (for Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy) during the awarding ceremony two Sundays ago. He was expecting E.R. Ejercito’s name to be called since he already paid for the trophy to go to the actor-politician.

Feeling betrayed, Sucaldito took the issue to social media and asserted that he is willing to go the courts just to further his exposé.

In a lengthy post on Facebook, he divulged how the fraud and vote-buying controversy came about. He said he coughed up substantial amount of money from his own pocket to secure 22 out of 38 votes from the members of the PMPC in favor of Ejercito who starred in Shoot to Kill: Boy Golden.

In the detailed post, he narrated that recently, members of the PMPC panel approached him and asked whether he would lobby for Ejercito. They allegedly said that the panel would not be giving the award to Joel Torre (who Sucaldito said as the rightful winner) for his lead role in On The Job because the actor cannot pay for the award.

Coming to the rescue, Ejercito was quick to defend the feisty tabloid writer. He lauded Sucaldito (who is also his publicist) for bringing the fraud and vote-buying controversy in Star Awards to the public’s awareness.

In his brief statement, he was all praises to Sucaldito’s “good intention” and made it clear he was not after the award as being nominated alone was already an honor for him.

On the other hand, Vice Ganda, who was not present at the awarding ceremony to accept the award, broke his silence on the issue. Although he neither denied nor admitted any vote buying, he chose to remain positive on receiving his first acting award by thanking the members of the PMPC.

Meanwhile, the PMPC issued a statement refuting Sucaldito’s claim. The press club elaborated that “voting members gave their utmost trust and confidence to the winners in their respective categories, thereby making the results final, uncontestable, and sacred.”

To modern ears, Sucaldito’s revelation is more of a defense mechanism, sour graping, if you will. He can’t face the fact that someone paid a hefty amount of money than he did, and because he lost, he now calls for change. His so-called exposé only validated that he’s part of the dirty process. Hence, people are asking: Is he crying for justice because he’s the less crook? Would he seek for the same attention had E.R. Ejercito won?

 

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