Jobert Sucaldito To PMPC: Go Ahead And Sue MeIf push comes to shove, Jobert Sucaldito would prefer that the Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC) take him to court.
That was the challenge the entertainment reporter let off in a recent interview with ABS-CBN News.
Sucaldito – along with ER Ejercito, Vice Ganda and the PMPC which organizes the Star Awards – has been the center of controversy this week after he published a scathing criticism of the PMPC on Facebook.
In his post, he alleged that a representative of Vice Ganda essentially bought the Best Actor award for the comedian. Saying that he lobbied and “commissioned” a majority of the PMPC panel to vote for Ejercito to get the award, Sucaldito ranted about being betrayed.
“I challenge them to sue me para maglabasan lahat para doon na silang tuluyan na mawasak. ‘Yun ang gusto ko nga eh,” he said in a Push interview.
According to Sucaldito, he expects the PMPC to go as far as bringing this issue to the courts.
And it appears that he is confident he would win if he and the PMPC will face off in a legal battle.
“Sabi ko ‘pag ginawa nila ‘yan wasak talaga sila. Sisiguraduhin ko ‘yan dahil hawak ko ang ebidensya ko,” he said.
In his post, Sucaldito said that members of the PMPC panel approached him recently and asked whether he would lobby for Ejercito. They allegedly said that the panel will not be giving the award to Joel Torre for his lead role in “On The Job” because the actor cannot pay for the award.
Sucaldito claimed that he “commissioned” 22 out of the 38 voting members of the panel but later found out that Francis Simeon, a fellow entertainment reporter and a voting member of the PMPC panel, paid other panel members to vote for Vice Ganda.
Saying in the ABS-CBN interview that the board had no “delicadeza,” he challenged the PMPC to reveal the result of the vote.
Meanwhile, he also said that as Ejercito’s publicist, what he is doing by revealing this story is not sourgraping.
According to him, his main intention is for people to realize that Joel Torre should have been given the award.
“I don’t really believe in both of them eh. In ER, kung sino ang ni-lobby ko and Vice. The rightful winner is Joel Torre,” he said, according to the report from Push. He also cited the fact that Ejercito has won the award twice, in consecutive years.
“Kaya lang dahil si Joel Torre eh hindi nila papanaluhin eh between Vice naman and ER, kay ER nako,” he said.
Sucaldito added that he even told Ejercito that the Laguna governor is not the rightful winner here: it’s Joel Torre.
As for the money that went to his “commissioning” members of the panel, Sucaldito said that Ejercito did not give him a single cent.
Choosing not to give a specific amount, he said that the money was a substantial sum and that he even had to borrow money for it. What he stresses, however, is that Ejercito did not give him the money.
Vice Ganda was out of the country when the awards ceremony was held at the Solaire resort. He has said, however, that he will not be returning the award because his conscience is clear.
Meanwhile, Sucaldito revealed that he also lobbied for KC Concepcion because Boy Golden is also his film. He said that Concepcion should have also won the Best Actress award in the Metro Manila Film Festival.
Nonetheless, he said that he does not want to appear as the hero in this issue.
“Nagbubukas ito ng mas malaki pang aral sa atin sa industry. Sa ngayon medyo masakit pa ‘yan sa lahat ng involved pero eventually ma-e-enjoy natin ito eh. We will reap the fruits thing in the end eh kasi industry problem yan eh. It’s sickening, sobra na ‘yan, matagal na ‘yan eh. Matagal na ‘yan, hindi ko na alam kung ilang dekada na ‘yan,” he said.