Filmography: Rizal Alih, Zamboanga Massacre (1989)

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Basic Information: Directed, screenplay: Carlo J. Caparas; Cast: Eddie Garcia, Ramon Revilla, Vilma Santos, Marianne De La Riva, Raoul Aragon, Joonee Gamboa, Antonio Carreon, Paquito Diaz, Charlie Davao; Executive producer: Donna Villa; Cinematography: Ramon Marcelino

Plot Description: Rizal Alih was a rogue cop who fought with his superior Brig. Gen. Eduardo Batalla in January 1989, then held him and several others hostage in Camp Cawa-Cawa, Zamboanga City. By the time the hostage-taking ended, 19 people were dead, including Batalla…” Carlo J. Caparas, GMANews.TV The Revenge of Carlo J. Caparas (God Help Us)

Film Achievement: No Available Data

Film Review: “Of all the films he has made, Caparas says the ones he is proudest of are Pieta, Kahit Ako’y Lupa, Bubbles, and Zamboanga Massacre…Zamboanga Massacre was one big testosterone rush. “Hino-hostage pa lang si General Batalla, nagsu-shooting na ako, kasi gusto ko fresh talaga.” (“General Batalla was still being hostaged, I was already shooting because I wanted the footage to be really fresh.”)…(Rizal Alih was a rogue cop who fought with his superior Brig. Gen. Eduardo Batalla in January 1989, then held him and several others hostage in Camp Cawa-Cawa, Zamboanga City. By the time the hostage-taking ended, 19 people were dead, including Batalla.) – Stephanie Dychiu (READ MORE)

“…Why the big fuss over Vilma Santos’ participation in the Risal Alih movie. Bakit pinapalabas nilan isa sa tatlong main stars si Vi, samantalang guest lang pala ito at isang araw lang nag-shooting? Bakit? Ginagamit lang ba nilang box office bait ang aktress?…” – Dennis Adobas, Manila Standard, Mar 9 1989 (READ MORE)

“…He said the policeman later lent him a laptop so he could finally see the movie on Youtube. “I was indeed so shocked, speechless and angry that I was not able to finish watching the entire film,” he said in his complaint. Alih is facing charges in connection with the 1989 siege of Camp Cawa-Cawa in Zamboanga City, which left a number of his supporters and two top police officials dead. In his complaint filed through lawyer Fernando Pena in the Quezon City prosecutors’ office, Alih, 67, said the movie depicted him as having beheaded Gen. Eduardo Batalla during the siege. “The portrayal that I allegedly beheaded Batalla in the movie was utterly baseless, malicious and a downright lie perpetrated in order to make the movie such a big hit and to make a huge profit at the expense of maligning my name and reputation,” he argued. “I was likewise informed that the said film … became a blockbuster movie,” Alih said in his affidavit. “The only way we can rewrite history is file this case in hopes of rectifying a decades-long error,” Pena told reporters in an interview. Pena also maintained that the prescription period for filing a libel complaint is one year from the time the offense was discovered by the complainant, and not from the time of publication or release of the questioned material. Asked why Alih filed the case only now, the lawyer said his client went into hiding in Malaysia for a long time and had no access to traditional media. He said the government even declared Alih dead at one point. The movie had a star-studded cast that included veteran actors like Ramon Revilla Sr. as Rizal Alih, with Eddie Garcia portraying Batalla. Vilma Santos played Alih’s wife…” – Julie M. Aurelio, With a report from Bayani San Diego, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Aug 24 2012 (READ MORE)

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