The “P” Talks!
BY: Pilar Mateo
THERE are questions that still need to be answered.
“When I was a reporter, I was very fascinated and obsessed in understanding the harsh and not normal parading of drug pushers and drug users. I came to know that this Mayor was accused of human rights violations, parading the drug pushers and users.”
Those were the words of Ceasar Soriano, the director and producer of “The Last Interview: The Mayor Antonio Halili Story.”
Ceasar entered the media industry as a Broadcast Journalist. He was a former Chief Mindanao News Bureau of ABS-CBN. And worked as a news anchor in DZIQ Radyo Inquirer 990 AM.
Currently, he is the news anchor for “Ulat Bayan“, a weekend news program of PTV4. He also hosts “Magandang Gabi Pilipinas” and “Isyu One On One”.
His film.debut was “Ang Misyon: A Marawi Siege Story” in 2018. He owns GreatCzar Media Productions, a media production established in 2016 which specializes in social awareneas shows, using film and television.
Were Direk Ceasar’s questions answered?
“So, I wanted to know why the Mayor was doing that. What motivated him the reason and his driving force why they need to be paraded . That was very interesting for me. Especially there’s this was on drugs of President Rodrigo Duterte.
“I find it so interesting dahil isa siyang Mayor na marami ring kalaban. I interviewed him and I told him, I will do the movie na ganito. For so many weeks, nag-haggle kami about his story. That very night, for four hours, he agreed to be interviewed, and finalized our producrion of the movie.”
His last interview.
“Kahit mag-dalawang isip, talagang in-insist ko sa kanya. He had no choice! So ‘yun. Four hours, he revealed everything to me. It was so unfortunate, thr next day, he was assassinated. Sa interview, parang nase-sense na niya, na may ibang magiging kahihinatnan. May mga tanong na ako sa kanya. “O, pinatay na si Parohinog, Espinosa, baka ikaw na ang kasunod?
“Early that morning, nung pauwi na ako, he called me. He was asking for a meeting with me that day after the flag ceremony. Natanong ko pala sa kanya, kung ano ba ang magandang ending ng pelikula niya. Ang sagot niya, “Bukas, malalaman natin ang sagot.
“Nung ma-assassinate siya, wala na. Parang ayoko na. Kasi wala na siya. But he kept appearing in my dreams. Parang sinasabi na bakit daw ‘di ko gagawin ang pelikula. Laua nag-decide ako na gawin para maipakita ko na there is this Mayor who served his town, booted out from the list of Mayors na kailangang bigyan ng security. Because he was involved in drugs, na nasa Drug Watch List ng Presidente.”
“Si John (Estrada) ang napili ko because he looked like the Mayor. Matangkad. Playboy. Magaling. Kahawig. Para siyang si Mayor. Nung una kong in-offer sa kanya ang role, pinag-isipan niya. Sabi ko, hindi naman ito basta-basta na movie. ‘Pag gusto ko ang isang artista, hindi siya makaka-hindi sa akin.
“Kaya rin we are showing this tomorrow (MAY 22, 2019), para hindi masabing gagamitin namin sa Elections. MTRCB approved it. Na apat na abugado ang nag-review. Appreciative naman sila. They said it’s very inspirational. At hindi siya about Politics. Hindi pamumulitika.
“Ang dapat malaman ng mga tao sa last momentsniya. Hindi lang ito tungkol sa pagkamatay niya. Gaya rin ng sinabi niya, hindi natin dapat katakutan ang ating kamatayan. Huwag tayo matakot gumawa ng kabutihan. Kasi lalabas at lalabas ang katotohanan. Isang paa mo ang nasa hukay.”
Also in the cast are Ara Mina as Gina Halili and direk Ceasar as himself.