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Online pirates join COVID-19 in ruining film venture of actor Alfred Vargas; other MMFF producers

Manila Bulletin — 15.2.2021

Successful as an actor and a politician, Quezon City Rep. Alfred Vargas  dabbled in a third occupation as a film producer but this time,  financial success has  been thwarted by the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and cyber-pirates.

In a privilege speech on Monday, February 15, Vargas decried the rampant incidence of movie piracy in the Philippines as he admitted that cases of copyright violations and outright online theft have victimized producers of films that participated in the recently-concluded 2020 Metro Manila Film Festival.

Vargas produced the film “Tagpuan”, a romance drama, in which he starred in as leading man. The movie won third best film among ten entries to the MMFF.

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