By Alex Datu

“Willing ako at puwede kong pangunahan ang panawagang ito. Kaya ako na ang nanawagan ngayon in behalf of Rez Cortez and Leo Martinez na matagal ko nang naka-meeting at ngayon kailangan mangyari ito. Nananawa-gan ako, kayong lahat ay magkakaroon ng kamag-anak o mahal sa buhay na magtatrabaho din sa industriyang ito at gusto ninyong magkaroon sila ng kaginhawaan habang nagtatrabaho at mai-share nila ang kanilang talento ng maayos.” 

Controversial actor Cesar Montano is out again. After the one night-standtryst issue with his co-star in Nilalang, the Japanese adult video star Maria Ozawa, he’s back to defend the so-called “oppressed” in the industry. These are the small workers and their working conditions, referring to the time spent during work.

Admittedly, Montano is one who is very professional when it comes to his work, and this could be attributed to what he experienced when he did some Hollywood movies some years back.  “When I signed a contract, talagang ‘yan ang agreement na pinirmahan ko.  I don’t want to break my own contract, talagang I follow the contract, I comply.  Twelve hours lang talaga ang trabaho ko, umuuwi na ako talaga kahit makiusap sila,”  he stressed during his phone patch interview with Arnold Clavio and Ali Sotto over DZBB.

He voiced out his opinion  on the current issue of the showbiz industry over the morning radio program because he believed this is one way to reach his co-actors and workers to stand as one for this cause.

 “Gusto ko talaga manawagan sa kapwa ko artista na tumindig tayo, maging matapang tayo not only for our children na magiging artista din at magiging trabahador din ng show business kundi, we are also doing this in favor of the employers,” he stressed.

“Doon pa naman sa ABS-CBN, sa Channel 7, sa lahat ng mga networks, bakit natin ito gagawin para sa kanila, kasi if we work enough time only in 12 hours at tamang oras lamang, we can perform well.  And if we perform well, we have better products.  Tayo ay binabayaran ayon sa aming mabuting pagtatrabaho dahil naniniwala sila sa atin and we don’t want to short-changed them for that.”

Cesar saw the disadvantage for working over the normal working schedules. I will lead actors to poorly perform on his role specially in delivering his lines and doing the right facial emotion due to drained energy.

“Tayo ay dapat magtrabaho ayon sa ibinabayad sa atin.  Hindi tayo dapat magtrabaho na inaantok tayo, hindi tayo dapat magtrabaho na pagod na tayo, dapat magtrabaho tayo ng maayos and we cannot do that kung tayo ay magtatrabaho ng twenty hours, twenty five hours or eighteen hours.  Dapat ‘yung tama lang kasi ‘yan ang nararapat natalagang makatao,” he shared his sentiments.

The star of Rizal In Dapitan is aware that for the past decades, his fellow actors are already undergoing the sad working system in showbizlandia. Most of the time you have to stay put in the location venue awaiting for your cue even though you’d been there for fifteen hours doing nothing.  “And they call it one day work, babayaran ka para sa isang araw lamang. That’s very unfair!  Hindi pa nga, inaabuso pa nga ‘yan eh,” he explained.

“Yung huli kong trabaho hindi ko na babangitin ang name ng network, may pambata, pitong taon kaya sabi ko sa nanay niya dahil mag-aalas singko na ‘yun ng umaga na umuwi na lang sila kasi dapat natutulog na siya at bukas may pasok pa.  Ang situwasyon kasi, kapag umuwi sila baka next time, hindi na sila kukunin, gan’un ang takot,” he narrated.

Speaking of Cesar’s latest project was a dramaserye entitled Bakit Manipis Ang Ulap in Kapatid network . It just started airing a few weeks ago, but what was so surprising, he is no longer a part of it.  If we remember it right, his character was killed along the way but somehow, it left something to ponder on. Does it have to do with his working time habit as he said earlier?

At this point, the Bagong Buwan star thought of having one voice among his fellow actors to work hand-in-hand for a better working condition in the industry.

“Dapat nga magbuklod-buklod tayo, dapat magiging isa lang ang boses natin dahil itong pagkamatay ng ilang kapatid natin sa industriya ay dapat magiging wake-up call na at gumawa tayo ng union tulad ng Actors Guild sa America na isang member lang ang abusuhin nila o labagin nila ang contract noon, lahat tayo makiisa at titigil sa gawain. Ang abogado natin, pupuntahan sila. Marami tayong mga abogado d’yan na puwede tayong tulungan,” he assured.

He added, “Ako I’m willing, puwede akong maging susi at puwedeng umupo d’yan, magpa-interbyu.  I will speak the same thing, the same language.   Dapat hindi tayo matakot eh.  Unang-una nga, we are doing favors for our employers, lahat tayo ang dapat mag-create ng ating unang adhikain para makagawa ng magandang produkto para maibenta ng mga producers natin ang magandang produkto.”

At this point, he’s calling the attention of  thebig stars like PioloPascual, John Lloyd Cruz, Vilma Santos, Sharon Cuneta, Kris Aquino, Vice Ganda, Coco Martin and others who can convince our colleagues to stay as one and make a big decision for the betterment of the industry.

“Dapat may mapagdesisyunankasi at the end of the day, magkakaroon din silangmgaanak at magigingartista din angmga ‘yan.  Gusto natinmaging proud angmgaanaknatinna proud silananagtratrabahosilang tama lang. ‘Yung mgamalalakingartistana ‘yan, lahattayo ay magkakaroon din nganaknamagtatrabahosa business naito in one way or another.  Kaya hindinatinkailanganpabayaanito. Panawaganitosakanila.

“Mag-open tayo, ayusin natin ‘yan, gawin natin, ang dami natin leaders, mga politiko na nand’yan sa House of Represetatives, nasa Senate ‘yung iba. Gamitin natin sila, kailangan natin ang tulong nila.  ‘Yung KAPP ng namayapang Rudy Fernandez ay may 12 hours working condition pero ang question, bakit hindi masunod?  Ito bang kapisanan na ito, lahat bang star ng ABS-CBN ay nandoon sila, nakikihabilo ba sila.  Kailangan, kapag tumawag ng meeting si Rez Cortiz, kung sinong leader d’yan ay dapat pumupunta sila, dapat andun ‘yung respeto.  Dapat ibalik natin ang respeto at pagtitiwala, dapat makisama talaga lahat, dapat makinig lahat, huminto lahat.

“Kunsabagay, kung nasa tamang oras lahat, magiging maganda ang kalidad ng produkto.  Para kung may breach of contract, lahat pumapalag hindi lang yung isa ang kawawa at wala siyang makitang kakampi.  Hindi yung si Leo Martinez lang, si Rez Cortez lang ang kakampi pero hindi dapat ganun.  Dapat kahit maliit na manggagawa ay puwedeng pumalag tulad kung papalag ang malalaking artista dapat mayroon tayong centralized na aksyon.” he ended with the hope of a new and better era of the showbiz industry.

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