MEMBERS of the Order of the Carmelites based in Mabolo, Cebu City condemned the new trailer of the controversial film "Maid in Malacañang" that showed a group of nuns playing mahjong with the late President Corazon Aquino just after the first Edsa People Power Revolution broke out.

An official of the order told SunStar Cebu under conditions of anonymity that she and her fellow nuns were appalled by their depiction in the controversial movie.

"God forgive them. That's totally fake news," the order's official said on Monday, August 1, 2022.

"Wala mi nalipay sa ilang giistorya," she added.

In the trailer, the late President, played by comedienne Giselle Sanchez, was shown talking to the phone with an unidentified caller concerning a plot to drive the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr. and his family out of the country.

After the call, Aquino was shown talking to three nuns who were seating in a mahjong table. Aquino, played by Sanchez, then sat with them to play mahjong.

The official who talked to SunStar was one of the nuns who sheltered Aquino in Cebu on February 22, 1986, or the day the first Edsa People Power Revolution broke out.

The official recalled that when Aquino came to their monastery, she was brought by officials of the opposition around 9 p.m. just after attending a series of rallies in Cebu City.

The official said she was brought to the monastery after she and fellow opposition members in Cebu, led by the late Cebu City congressman Antonio "Tony" Cuenco, were being hunted down by assassins.

"She came here only to sleep. Gikapoy gane kaayo siya kay gikan man to siya ni-attend ug mga rallies ato," the official recalled.

Aquino eventually left the monastery around 11 a.m. the next day to fly to Manila.

Maid in Malacañang, which is set to screen on Wednesday, August 3, is a reenactment of the late dictator's last three days in power before he was deposed during the first People Power Revolution. (JKV)