One of the official Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) entry and their filmmakers are now the talk of the town after a controversy rises because of what they did on a scene on the film. We all have seen different controversies that had happened in the past but this one is quite different because its just a violation of the rules of the festival but rather it might be a violation against the Law. The movie Oro is inspired by the 2014 Gata 4 Massacre, telling the story of four miners and against the Patrol Kalikasan because they were putting up an operation with lacking of permit. Now, one of the scenes caught the attention of people who watched the said movie because it shows that one member of the group came in with a villager's dog and it showed the preparations of cooking and eating the dog.
The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) on Saturday posted a letter Metropolitan Manila Development Authority chairman Thomas Orbos and—in a move that echoes segments from the film—declared that the slaughtering of the dog was illegal as there was no permit filed to the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) and the Committee on Animal Welfare (CAW). The said letter brewed in the controversy online and PAWS are determined to pursue whoever is responsible on what happened in the movie. Later on, in the official Facebook page of the film, Director Alvin Yapan stated that the crew 'shot a practice among ruralfolk where dogs are part of their foodfare.' But PAWS pointed out on their letter that "Killing dogs for their meat is a violation of the Animal Welfare Act or RA8485, as amended by RA 10631. In the said national law, even the killing of dogs as part of religious ritual or ethnic custom of indigenous cultural communitites shall be done with proper coordination with the Bureau of Animal Industry and the Committee on Animal Welfare." If you want to get to know more on the details, you can go see on the link below.