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Liza Diño’s appointment raised some eyebrows but she’s qualified as Film Development Council chief


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
It was remembered during the campaign period that Aiza Sequerra and partner Liza Diño were actively campaigning for President Rodrigo Duterte and now that he’s into power, both are given public positions. It was clear what the president said – that he will take care of the ones who helped for his victory first rather than the ones he does not know at all. So now, Diño replaces Briccio G. Santos who has served in that capacity since 2010. The term is for 3 years.

The FDCP, was created under Republic Act No. 9167 to formulate and implement policies and programs to upgrade the craft of filmmaking. Aiza Seguerra, was also named chairperson of the National Youth Commission.

“We are very pleased to know that the thrust of the Duterte administration’s social agenda is to give importance to culture as one of the main components in nation building,” Diño’s reply to Duterte when they were asked to help prior to their appointments.

Diño is a multi-awarded actress who has appeared in independent and mainstream films.

She won the Ani ng Dangal Award in 2010 and 2012 for Compound and In Nomine Matris, respectively. She also bagged the Best Actress Award at the International Film Festival Manhattan New York, and Best Female Performance at the Equality International Film Festival for In Nomine Matris in 2012.

Despite her support for Duterte, Diño had criticized the president for whistling and offending GMA reporter Mariz Umali during a press conference in Davao City.

“From his mouth towards a receiver – the burden of context now lies not with him, but with Mariz. And Mariz said and felt it was improper,” Diño said showing that he is not biased.


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