Chito Miranda Has This to Say About the Thought of Banning K-Dramas in the Philippines

Earlier this week, Senator Jinggoy Estrada revealed that he sometimes thinks about banning foreign TV shows and prioritizing locally-made content.

At the Senate hearing on the 2023 budget of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), he said, “Ang aking obserbasyon pagpatuloy tayo nagpapalabas ng Korean telenovela, ang hinahangaan ng ating mga kababayan ay itong mga Koreano at nawawalan ng trabaho at kita yung ating mga artistang Pilipino.

He added, “Kaya minsan pumapasok sa aking isipan na i-ban na itong mga telenovela ng mga foreigners at dapat ang mga artista nating Pilipino talagang may angking galing sa pag-arte ay ‘yun naman dapat ang ipalabas natin sa sariling bansa natin.

The statement garnered reactions from people on social media. Chito Miranda was one of those who responded on Twitter.

He said, “Targeting foreign shows or acts is not the solution for the lack of support towards local shows and artists. Coming up with better shows and songs is.”

The lead singer of Parokya ni Edgar continued, “As artists, kailangan lang natin galingan mas lalo para sabay tayo sa foreign acts. ‘Earn’ the support. Di pwedeng sapilitan.”

Miranda also responded to a tweet with, “Sold out po ang E[raser]heads. No.1 ang Doll House sa Netflix. Laging trending ang SB19. Nakikipagsabayan sila Moira [Dela Torre] at Ben&Ben sa mga foreign acts sa Spotify charts dito sa Pinas. Pinoys will support local artists, regardless of the accessibility of foreign options, basta magaling.”

Sen. Estrada clarified his statement the following day on Facebook. He said, “Kaugnay sa aking pahayag kahapon sa mga foreign-made shows, my statement stems from the frustration that while we are only too eager and willing to celebrate South Korea’s entertainment industry, we have sadly allowed our own to deteriorate because of the lack of support from the moviegoing public. I wish that the zealousness of our kababayans in patronizing foreign artists can be replicated to support our homegrown talents who I strongly believe are likewise world-class.”

He also said, “I have nothing against South Korea’s successes in the entertainment field and admittedly, we have much to learn from them. Pero huwag naman nating kalimutan at balewalain ang trabaho, ang mga pinaghirapan at angking likha ng ating mga kapwa Pilipino. South Korea’s phenomenal success is rooted in their love of country. It is high time that we follow their example and do the same for our own entertainment industry that is at best, barely surviving.”

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