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PIA Press Release
2009/06/05

PGMA names Montano envoy for film, camera

by Rey Anthony Chiu

Manila (5 June) -- President Gloria MacapagalArroyo has appointed Boholano actor and director Cesar Montano as Presidential Special Envoy for Film and Digital Cinema.

In her appointment for Montano, which she signed May 19, the president said the actor will coordinate with the Departments of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Tourism (DOT), Trade and Industry (DTI), and Energy (DOE) in developing appropriate strategies and activities that will enhance the appreciation of Philippine cinema.

Moreover, Montano, who has brought distinct honor and pride to the country for his classic Filipino films would also lead in mobilizing the private sector in the Philippine cinema promotion.

Most political observers see the recent presidential action as an apparent accommodation for the Administration's losing senatorial bets in the past elections.

Montano was a candidate under the administration party who lost his senatorial bid.

Over all these, Boholano source close to the actor does not believe the appointment would jeopardize Montano's future political bid.

The actor who openly admits his Baclayon roots has been touted to throw his hat in the political arena here, and aims for the province's top post.

In later interviews however, Montano said he has a wide option open before him.

"Its all set, Montano is definitely running for governor, the source who asked not to be named said.

Montano has been testing the political waters all over Bohol in the past few months, the source said "and he has made up his mind to go".

With the presidential appointment, Montano would be accorded diplomatic status, be issued a diplomatic passport for his overseas missions.

The appointment however does not allow him to receive salary or emoluments from the Department of Foreign affairs. (PIA) [top]

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