- Alfred Vargas previously decided to abstain regarding the ABS-CBN franchise renewal which led to the job loss of thousands of Filipinos.
- He now claims to be fighting for the rights and benefits of filmmakers.
Former actor and now Quezon City Fifth District Representative Alfred Vargas was recently questioned by showbiz personality and talent manager Ogie Diaz about his love for the industry he was once a part of.
In a tweet, Diaz asked why Vargas voted to abstain regarding the ABS-CBN franchise renewal, which was declined and cost the jobs of thousands of media practitioners but is now fighting for the rights of the filmmakers.
“Nako, Alfred Vargas! Totoo bang mahal mo ang industriya mo? Di ko gets logic mo,” Diaz wrote.
“Nag-abstain ka sa botohan ng prangkisa ng [ABS-CBN], tapos nakikipaglaban ka ngayon para sa mga filmmakers na karamihan diyan, nagwo-work sa TV industry?”
Nako, Alfred Vargas! Totoo bang mahal mo ang industriya mo? Di ko gets logic mo. Nag-abstain ka sa botohan ng prangkisa ng abs, tapos, nakikipaglaban ka ngayon para sa mga filmmakers na karamihan diyan, nagwo-work sa tv industry? https://t.co/PArI62JZSZ
— ogie diaz (@ogiediaz) September 10, 2020
In a statement released after the Kapamilya network’s shut down, Vargas said that he voted to abstain to avoid “conflict of interest.”
— Alfred Vargas (@AlfredVargasPH) July 10, 2020
The former actor rose to popularity and started his career with ABS-CBN Star Magic’s acting workshop. He was a part of the network’s teleserye Pangako Sa’yo.
In a recent statement, Vargas claims to be fighting for the incentives for filmmakers to encourage international production houses to film in the Philippines. He stated Mission Impossible as one of the country’s missed chances to be featured on highly anticipated movies.
“According to reports, producers of ‘Mission Impossible’ took interest in shooting in the Philippines sometime in 2019. This, however, did not push through, and the crew instead went to Thailand to shoot,” he said.
“The list of skilled Filipino filmmakers, visual artists, actors, and professionals is endless. Aside from economic gains, we will also benefit from exposure to new production technologies that foreign crews will bring. This, in turn, will allow us to improve the production of our own movie and TV shows.”
Vargas has yet to respond to Diaz’s tweet.