Alejano says airing of Chinese shows over PTV is display of surrender

“PTV airing of Chinese shows is a clear display of the Duterte administration’s surrender to China’s power,” Magdalo Partylist Representative Gary C. Alejano said in a statement after launching of China Theater an initiative that will air Chinese TV series, documentaries, cartoons, and movies dubbed in Tagalog over PTV.

China Theater was launched on June 13 at New World Hotel, Makati City. The actual showing will start in August with 58-episode Filipino-dubbed Chinese drama entitled Jimao, Chinese romance film Beijing Love Story, a documentary entitled Marco Polo: Ang Makabagong Paglalakbay, and a cartoon series Sammy at Jimie.

Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua graced the ceremony together with Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Martin Andanar and Undersecretary George Apacible, People’s Television (PTV) General Manager Dino Apolonio, Director General of the International Cooperation Department of Chinese State Administration of Radio and Television Ma Li, Head of China Media Task Group Hu Mu, and other representatives of the government and media from both China and the Philippines.

“This is part of the soft power strategy of China which seeks to influence and infiltrate Filipinos through economic, political, and now cultural tools. The latter is a matter of making us understand the oppressors and grabbers of our islands in a subtle and subliminal way,” Alejano said.

“Ang pinakamasaklap ay ito ay ginagawa ng isang institusyon ng gobyerno at ginagastusan gamit ang kaban ng bayan,” he added.

Alejano noted that PTV is mandated to be a vehicle of the government to promote national pride, identity and culture.

“Dapat ang mas pinagtutuunan ng pansin ng PTV ay ang pagpapasidhi ng nasyonalismo sa pamamagitan ng mga programang nagpapahalaga sa ating kasaysayan at kaugalian. Ito dapat ang ipinapalaganap at hindi ang pagtatraydor sa bayan,” he said.

Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua said that China Theater is “a new window is now opening to millions of people in the Philippines to better understand China, its people, their long history, their rich culture, their daily lives, their endeavor, and their dreams.”