Local buses were reportedly illegally screening the recent blockbuster hit Hello, Love, Goodbye. The Optical Media Board (OMB) states that it conducted operations and caught buses owned by Metro Manila Bus Co. and Saulog Transit airing the film. It then confiscated the USB flash drives.
OMB adds that the bus companies could be charged for violating Republic Act No. 9239, or the Optical Media Act of 2003. If found guilty, they could be imprisoned for up to six years and fined up to P1.5 million.
Star Cinema executive Mico del Rosario posted OMB’s statement on Instagram to reiterate that piracy is a crime. “Dear mga kababayan,” he wrote. “Krimen po ang pamimirata at pagpapalabas ng mga pelikula o programa na dinowload at pinapasa-pasa. Krimen po ang pagkuha ng video habang nagpapalabas ang mga pelikula sa sinehan. Sana po ay huwag nating ituro sa ating mga anak na okay lang na manguha ng materyal na dapat ay ine-enjoy natin sa tamang paraan.”
As of this writing, Hello, Love, Goodbye, which stars Kathryn Bernardo and Alden Richards, has grossed over P800 million worldwide, according to Star Cinema. It’s the highest-grossing Filipino movie of all time after Kathryn’s movie with Daniel Padilla, The Hows of Us. The Hows of Us made P915 million from domestic and international screenings.