A representative from Panday Sining said that they’re going to continue their ‘art protest’ around the country and insisted that what they’re doing is not vandalism, but an act of expressing their beliefs.
In an interview with One News, Panday Sining Rep. Francis Joven explained that they’re only exercising their freedom by doing graffiti.
“Yung mismong form ng pagsusulat sa pader… art yun, kasi kapag wala ka ng masyadong parang space to express lalo na’t ang freedom of expression ay very relative sa political situation, kailangan siyang gawin,” Joven said.
Joven also pointed out the difference between vandalism and what they’re doing.
“Ang vandalism ay paninira ng isang property, kahit tignan natin sa Supreme Court ganyan ang sinabi nila, hindi siya form of vandalism…” he said.
Despite the warning of Mayor Isko Moreno after their act in Lagusnilad underpass, Joven said that they’re still going to continue painting random walls.
“Gagawin din ulit namin, may inihahanda kaming mga panibago. Ang ginagawa namin sa mga kalaban na sina Duterte, ine-expose. Ang batayan namin doon ay ang mga nagiging dating sa mga estudyante at manggagawang dumadaan,” said Joven.
According to him, they decided to make more artwork despite the criticisms they received from the netizens.
“Abangan niyo sa mga susunod na araw kung saan ninyo gagawin,” he said.
However, they said that they’re going to avoid painting the infrastructures in Manila City including the Lagusnilad underpass.
He also has a message to the netizens who criticized them.
“Kaya po namin ito ginagawa dahil pakunti ng pakunti ‘yung space para sa expression, yung ipinaglaban ng mga tao noong binagsak si Marcos,” he said.
On November 12, Mayor Isko Moreno expressed his disappointment over the ‘vandalism’ around Lagusnilad underpass which one of the infrastructures that renovated by his administration.
Panday Sining claimed the responsibility and apologized, however, they insisted that what they did is a form of art.
On his weekly capital report, Moreno again criticized ‘Panday Sining’ saying that the people doesn’t like what they’re doing.
“Gusto niyo ng real talk? Hindi kayo dadami dahil kinamumuhian kayo ng mga tao, Maaliwalas na para gamitin (ang underpass) ng mga ordinaryong taong ‘sabi ninyo ay ipinaglalaban ninyo. ‘Una, sino ba ang humihingi ng tulong para ipaglaban niyo sila? You volunteered yourself para ‘ipaglaban daw sila’,” Moreno said.