Erik Matti's film, On The Job: Missing 8, wowed the crowd at its recent premiere at the Venice International Film Festival and ended with a five-minute standing ovation for its blatant and compelling portrayal of deeply-rooted corruption in the Philippine government.
Yesterday, the film's first hour (as well as its blockbuster 2013 prequel, On The Job) premiered on HBO Go. The remaining episodes will begin to be available for streaming on the said platform on September 19.
Picking up from the last events of On The Job, the sequel follows the Senate trials of Gen. Pacheco (Leo Martinez) who was running for senator in the upcoming elections. His reputation was marred after the bloody death of NBI Agent Atty. Francis Coronel (Piolo Pascual). Coronel left corroborative evidence against the said general, exposing him as the mastermind behind the crime syndicate that hires Bilibid prison inmates as assassins.
HBO Go is releasing the sequel in parts. And as of the last episode, it's revealed that a provincial city jail runs the same crooked business and it's alluded that the local city mayor, Pedring Eusebio (Dante Rivero), is the man behind it.
Corruption, lust for power, heinous crimes, betrayal of trust and allegiances. . . all these are explored in the sequel just as much as in the original film. But what sets it apart is its portrayal of the traditional mass media being held on a leash by people in power, and how social media reacts to everything that is happening in the country.