‘Dagdag-bawas’ in the National Artist Awards

MANILA, Philippines – In dropping composer Ramon Santos from the National Artist Awards roster to make way for a “komiks” fictionist and slash-and-smash film director and her own adviser for culture and the arts, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has broken an unwritten rule: You may add but you cannot subtract.

It is a rule that has been observed since the end of the Marcos regime, which had issued Proclamation 1001 in 1972 to establish the National Artist Awards.

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