The plug has been pulled from all domestic screenings called Philippine Hollywood Film Unpublished On a scene showing a controversial map of the South China Sea, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Wednesday.
The move comes after Vietnam, another South China Sea claimant, banned Sony Pictures’ action movie starring Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg. It was released in the Philippines on 23 February.
In a two-second frame of the movie, there is a picture of the so-called nine-dash line, which marks China’s claim to the South China Sea, a strategic waterway. The scenario is “against the national interest,” the DFA said in a statement.
The U-shaped line is a feature used on Chinese maps to depict its maritime territory in areas where Taiwan, Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia and the Philippines all have rival claims.
A 2016 ruling by a UN-backed tribunal in The Hague overturned China’s claim to almost the entire waterway through which ship-carrying trade worth about $ 3 trillion a year runs. Beijing did not participate in the court proceedings and did not recognize the verdict.
Sony’s Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. Who was instructed to stop showing the film and complied, DFA said Sony Pictures did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In 2019, DFA asked DreamWorks to stop showing animated films Disgusting Shows the same Chinese nine-dash line map after a scene. – Reuters