Lawmaker to TV, movie industry: Stop portraying us as villains

MANILA -- A member of the House of Representatives is appealing to the local television and movie industry to stop typecasting congressmen as villains or crooks in movies and telenovelas.

In filing House Resolution 2140, Pampanga Representative Aurelio “Dong” Gonzales Jr. said: "despite the good deeds done by many, congresspersons are often portrayed as villains in movies and telenovelas".

"These portrayals are unfair and at the very least, sully the good name of honorable congressmen and congresswomen who work hard for the welfare of their constituents," Gonzales said.

"These negative typecasting influences the general public, especially the young children, into forming a negative impression about the members of the House of Representatives," he added.

Gonzales noted that while there are a few members of Congress who may have been involved in crimes, "these are the exceptions rather than the rule".

The resolution is now pending with the House committee on public information. (Kathrina Alvarez/Sunnex)

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