Atty. Ferdinand Topacio reveals some cast members of the Mamasapano movie were charged by SAF
MAMASAPANO MOVIE – Atty. Ferdinand Topacio revealed that some of the cast members and production staff of the movie, “Mamasapano: Now It Can Be Told” including Paolo Gumabao and Rico Barrera were charged by the Special Action Force (SAF).
Gumabao, Barrera, and others involved in the production of “Mamasapano” were facing an “illegal use of uniform and insignia” case filed against them by SAF.
Mamasapano is a movie produced by Atty. Topacio which depicts the tragedy that befell the soldiers involved in the SAF’s “Oplan Exodus” on January 25, 2015, in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.
“Noong una, very cooperative yung SAF. Si Gen. (Amando Clifton) Empiso yung hepe. Nu’ng nagpalit, alam n’yo ang ginawa? Idinemanda pa kami ng SAF mismo, ha?,” he said.
“Yung film namin ay para i-glorify yung kabayanihan ng SAF. Idinemanda kami ng SAF! Alam niyo kung ano ang demanda? Illegal use of uniform and insignia,” he added.
According to him, they showed the fiscal that they have permission from Gen. Empiso.
Atty. Ferdinand Topacio is wondering why the Special Action Force (SAF) is filing a case against them when in fact, they only wanted to show the bravery of SAF personnel through the movie.
Topacio said that Paolo, Rico, and those who are facing the complaint filed by SAF were unhappy about it.
The lawyer said that the movie is close to him, citing that he once served as legal counsel of the SAF 44. He said he’s the one who filed a case against ex-President Noynoy Aquino when he stepped down from power.
Meanwhile, aside from Paolo and Rico, also joining the Mamasapano movie were Edu Manzano, Aljur Abrenica, Gerald Santos, Claudine Barretto, Allan Paule, Myrtle Sarrosa, JC de Vera, Ritz Azul, Mikey Arroyo, and to name a few. It is directed by Lester Dimaranan and Law Fajardo.
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