Today is the start of Metro Manila Film Festival 2012's showing of eight official entries for the said award-giving body.
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Laguna Governor and “El Presidente” star E.R. Ejercito criticized the unfair theater distribution for the Metro Manila Film Festival.

According to data provided by Ejercito's camp, there are an estimated 300-plus theaters in Metro Manila that were raffled off to the eight MMFF entries. This means that each movie should have 44 theaters.
It does not include moviehouses in the provinces, which he claimed are booked by producers through a “palakasan system.”

He said the simultaneous nationwide showing of the MMFF entries is being done to avoid piracy.
Meanwhile, he provided the total breakdown of theatres for each MMFF entries:

“Si Agimat, Si Enteng at Si Ako,” starring Vic Sotto, Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. and Judy Ann Santos, and “Sisterakas” with Kris Aquino, Vice Ganda and Ai Ai delas Alas are showing in 130 theaters.
 “Shake Rattle and Roll 14” is showing in 70 theaters, while the drama “One More Try” with Angel Locsin, Dingdong Dantes, Angelica Panganiban and Zanjoe Marudo has 60 theaters.

His movie “El Presidente” is showing in 51 theaters. Superstar Nora Aunor's “Thy Womb” currrently showing in 43 theaters. 

GMA Films' “Sosy Problems” are showing in 40 theaters. “The Strangers,” despite its young cast which includes Enchong Dee and Julia Montes, has only 40 theaters.
As he computed for the top-grossing movie will be “an unfair judgment” for the six movies that got only less than 80 theaters each.

“MMFF should change this unfair system,” he said.