QUEZON CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Filipino theater-goers are quite familiar with the anti-film piracy video shown along with movie trailers, depicting thieves being jailed for various offenses: stealing a motorbike, stealing kisses, stealing from the government treasury, and stealing films.
Beginning this weekend, an updated version of the public service video will debut in theaters throughout Metro Manila.
The update is a direct result of Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo’s recent visit to the victims of a fire that gutted houses along NIA Road in Quezon City. During that visit, Robredo issued a statement saying that she will be coordinating relief and rehabilitation efforts, promising residents that she would let them stay put in the fire-ravaged neighborhood.
Her statement is directly in contrast to that of Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista who said he’d rather relocate the victims to a safer neighborhood.
Many political analysts accused Robredo of dipping her fingers in a job that she had nothing to do with. Some have said that she stole the job that really belongs to Mayor Bautista and other local and national housing agencies. (Robredo was appointed by President Duterte as housing czar but the vice president resigned her Cabinet position late last year.)
The updated video shows the vice president behind bars, accused of stealing Bautista’s job.