Filipinos boycott animated movie ‘Abominable,’ Sibugay solon supports pull out of movie

Most Filipinos have boycotted the animated movie “Abominable” over scenes of the territorial dispute between China and the Philippines that they had found “abominable.”

The local distributor of the movie, produced by Dreamworks, had already pulled it out from theaters due to “poor  viewership.”

Rep. Ann Hofer (2nd District, Zamboanga Sibugay) said the Filipino audience may have “decided on the question of whether the film deserves attention.”  Hofer chairs the Committee on Foreign Relations of the House of Representatives.

“I support the call of DFA Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. for the producers of the film ‘Abominable’ to cut scenes that portray the now invalidated ‘nine-dash line,” said Hofer.

The animated movie had apparently highlighted China’s claim over the South China Sea when it featured the map with China’s nine-dash claim.

Finding it objectionable, Locsin earlier called for a “boycott” of all Dreamworks films.

Hofer cited a part of the Hague’s Arbitral Ruling which says, “ with respect to the maritime areas of the South China Sea encompassed by the relevant part of the nine-dash lines are contrary to the Convention and without lawful effect to the extent that they exceed the geographic and substantive limits of China’s maritime entitlements under the Convention.”

The Convention which the ruling refers to is the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Seas.

The Tribunal ruled that “the convention superseded any historic rights or other sovereign right or jurisdiction in excess of the limits imposed therein.”

Like the Filipinos, Vietnam and Malaysia, both with competing claims over the South China Sea, had also pulled out the movie from public viewing. (Mindanao Sun)

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