The Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC) has released an official statement regarding the latest vote-buying controversy in the recently concluded PMPC Star Awards for movies.
In a statement posted on its Facebook page, PMPC denied the allegations of entertainment columnist and radio personality Jobert Sucaldito, who questioned PMPC's credibility. Sucaldito dropped the bomb upon claiming that Vice Ganda's Best Actor win was paid for by a member of the voting body.
Below is the official statement of PMPC on the alleged vote-buying in the 30th PMPC Star Awards for Movies (2014):
PMPC OFFICIAL STATEMENT
The Philippine Movie Press Club, Inc. (PMPC) is saddened by the unfortunate turn of events at the recently-concluded 30th PMPC Star Awards for Movies.
Immediately after the awards ceremonies, a malicious allegation circulated in social media questioning the veracity of our Best Actor winner.
We strongly refute the said allegation. The voting members gave their utmost trust and confidence to the winners in their respective categories, thereby making the results final, uncontestable and sacred.
For the past three decades of Star Awards for Movies, the PMPC has weathered the hardest obstacles and has remained undaunted.
There will be forces that will try to destroy the credibility and reputation of the Club, but the PMPC will remain committed to its objectives, and no amount of intimidation and coercion can shake its foundation.
The PMPC, its Board of Directors and Members, will always stand firm on their decision.