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In a move to resuscitate the dying Filipino movie industry due to rampant piracy, Eastern Samar Rep. Ben Evardone has called for the imposition of stiffer penalties against “pirates” and buyers of pirated Filipino movies.

Evardone lamented that the country’s anti-piracy laws have not been effective enough to address the crime of piracy, saying that more and more people have been buying pirated movies.

“On Christmas day, go out and take your loved ones to see Filipino movies,” Evardone, chairman of the House committee on public information, urged. “Let’s help save instead of helping kill our very own movie industry.”

He lamented that piracy has affected the Filipino film business, saying that it “had displaced hundreds of talents and skilled workers in the movie industry.”

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via The Manila Bulletin Newspaper Online

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