Recently an open letter circulated online and addressed to renown TV/movie director Cathy Garcia-Molina of ABS-CBN became the trending topic on social media.
The note, which was posted on Facebook by freelance actress Rosselyn Domingo last December 31, recounted the alleged verbal abuse that she and her partner Alvin Campomanes experienced under the director during a location shooting for the television series Forevermore in Baguio City last October 2014 (she appeared in the same scene as him during the taping) for which they were tapped as but players orextras.
On January Domingo revealed some of the reasons why extras are afraid to speak up.
“I do not know why there are people who accuse us that we just want to be famous. Alvin is not an actor and he has no plans of pursuing a showbiz career, haha! He is very happy and proud that he is teaching in UP. His friends and students can attest to the fact that his life is really centered on teaching.
I have talked to a lot of talents and I found out that the main reason they are afraid to speak up about the injustices that they suffered is the possibility of being blacklisted by the networks. Well, I do not really care anymore if I will not be able to act on television. I can just focus my attention and energy in our business.
If our outcry will usher in a new culture, a culture of respect in the entertainment industry, then our labors will not be in vain. Let us learn to say no to all forms of human degradation.”