Tirso Cruz III with wife and daughter poses with President Ferdinand Marcos Jr after his oath taking
MANILA—Veteran actor Tirso Cruz III has been appointed as the new chairperson of the Film Development Council of the Philippines(FDCP) despite President Duterte’s reappointment of Liza Dino, which will last until 2025.
News broke out since Monday, July 4 that there will be new appointees to head the FDCP and the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board(MTRCB).
The news was cemented when Direk Joey Reyes posted on his FB account the following messages:
“CONGRATULATIONS TO THE NEW CHAIRMAN.
“May the coming years bring a truly meaningful and significant advancement to an industry that needs reassessment, revitalizing and reinventing.
“It is not about anybody. It is about EVERYBODY IN THE BUSINESS.”
It was followed by Senator Jinggoy Estrada’s post this morning, Tuesday, July 5 that Tirso Cruz III would replace Liza Dino as the chairperson of FDCP.
But Liza denied this and she was hoping she could talk to the new President because she has a document which states on Section 5. Term of Office: “The Chairperson and the three regular members shall hold office for a term of three (3) years ‘unless sooner removed by the President.’”
According to Liza’s text PEP,”The agency is operating status quo because my reappointment is a term position.
“Till 2025 pa siya officially so waiting lang kami for a courtesy call with our President so we can align with his vision.”
Her reappointment dated March 4 stated: “Pursuant to the provisions of existing laws, you are hereby appointed CHAIRPERSON, FILM DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL OF THE PHILIPPINES, for a term of three (3) years.
“By virtue hereof, you may qualify and enter upon the performance of the duties of the office, furnishing this Office and the Civil Service Commission with copies of your oath of office.”
But Liza is aware that the decision will now depend on the new President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.
Tirso Cruz III took his oath at 3 p.m. this Tuesday in Malacanang as the new chairman of FDCP.
The actor has been reported to be heading the FDCP in September 2010 to replace Jackie Atienza. He already received messages of congratulations but it did push through instead the position was given to Briccio Santos.
During the administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (PRRD), Liza Dino chaired the FDCP.
President Marcos Jr. has announced that all co-terminus positions in the government are declared vacant until July 31 or until somebody is appointed and this included FDCP, MTRCB, and the Optical Media Board (OMB).
MTRCB chair was vacated in October when Rachel Arenas resigned to run for representative of the third district of Pangasinan.
She was replaced by Atty. Jeremiah P. Jaro, who also said that he is aware that his position is co-terminus with PRRD.
The new appointed MTRCB Chair was veteran actor Johnny Revilla.
Mark Lapid was reappointed as the chairman of Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA).
At any rate, some people in showbiz are happy with the appointment of the 70-year old actor Tirso as the new FDCP chairman.
“Maganda yung palakad ni Liza Diño pero taga-pelikula rin si Tirso Cruz III, e,” a veteran movie writer said.
“Kahit papaano, may alam din siya sa industriya ng pelikula. Huwag lang mapunta iyon sa isang taong wala namang alam sa pelikula, tapos nagdedesisyon for us.”
Tirso Cruz III has been in the showbiz industry for five decades, which started in the early 70s as Guy & Pip love team with Superstar Nora Aunor, who was conferred the National Artist award for Films last June 10.
Asked for comment on the chairmanship of Tirso in the FDCP, Direk Lino Cayetano said, “Kung ano mang tulong ang manggagaling sa gobyerno, siyempre tatanggapin natin sa industriya.
“And I think particularly beyond the FDCP, may ipinasang batas ang Kongreso, si Congressman Toff de Venecia, yung chairman ng Creative Industries Committee.
“And I think that’s very exciting. Kasi, noong araw pa man, di ba, may mga industriya na sugar industry, textile industry, agriculture industry.
“Pero ang tingin naman sa atin sa showbiz, hindi talaga isang industriya. Meaning merong mga incentives para sa mga empleyado, para sa mga nagnenegosyo.
“Parang… sama ng loob ko nga yun, e. Kapag eleksyon, laging nagpupunta sa artista. Pagkatapos ho ng eleksyon, yung industriya natin, kanya-kanya tayo.
“So, I think this Creative Industry Bill, sana maging isang batas. I think it looks at us more as an industry.”
Direk Lino Cayetado also served as mayor of Taguig City.