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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Dec 17, 2011

Director Tikoy Aguiluz Disowns Current Version Of 'Asiong Salonga Story'

AFTER THE Carla Abellana issue (she’s a contract star of Regal and not allowed to do films anywhere else), looks like Gov. ER Ejercito’s “Manila Kingpin: Asiong Salong Story” faces another controversy with Director Tikoy Aguiluz threatening to sue him if he’d not remove Tikoy’s name from the film’s billboards, posters and other promo materials. Billed as “A Tikoy Aguiluz Film”, Tikoy says additional scenes were shot without his knowledge and he’s not involved in the film’s re-editing, re-shoot and music mixing so he can no longer claim the film as his.

He demands that he be allowed to make a director’s cut of the movie that he intends to submit to international film festivals. If his demands aren’t met, his lawyers say they will file criminal and civil charges. The wonder of it all is that the film got an A rating no less from the Cinema Evaluation Board even if Tikoy claims that many changes were made in the final cut without his creative approval. We heard Gov. ER himself directed the new scenes in the movie. 'Asiong Salonga' has been Filmed 3 Times Before, Gov. Er Ejercito Says His New Version Is The Best.