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Cesar Montano Withdraws As Co-Director Of Iglesia Ni Cristo Movie

Award-winning actor Cesar Montano pulls back from being a co-director of "The Last Messenger," a biopic of the life of Felix Manalo, the first Executive Minister of Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC).

Atty. Ivy Fajardo, the legal counsel of Cesar, released the official statement about the actor's decision to withdraw from the movie, and let award-winning director Tikoy Aguiluz lead the helm of the all-star cast and big-budgeted movie.

According to the statement, Cesar was supposed to co-direct the movie with Tikoy. However, Cesar and INC failed to reach an agreement regarding his role as a director.

Now, Cesar has no knowledge of the status of the movie or the engagement of Tikoy in the movie. The reason for the disagreement is because Cesar and INC did not agree on the date of the completion of the movie.

INC wants the movie to be completed by June of this year, but Cesar did not agree to it because an epic film like "The Last Messenger" requires a lot of time. The movie will include computer graphics and special production design requirements.

"He refused to compromise the quality of the film."

After the disagreement, the two camps stopped negotiating for Cesar's role as co-director of the movie.

Cesar is the second personality to back out from the movie. In October last year, Senator Bong Revilla said he won't be able to remain as one of the casts of the movie.

The senator said he doesn't want the movie to be dragged into the controversy involving him with regards to the pork barrel scam. Gabby Concepcion replaced the senator in the movie as Eduardo Manalo, the third and current Executive Minister of INC.

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Cesar Montano Withdraws As Co-Director Of Iglesia Ni Cristo Movie

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