After playing in golf and frisbee tournaments outside the country, TV5’s no. 1 contract talent Derek Ramsay is back in Manila to promote his upcoming crime drama series “Amo.”
Set on the background of the Philippine Government’s War On Drugs, also known as “Oplan: Tokhang,” the TV5 crime mini-series will star Derek Ramsay as a corrupt policeman in a world where suspected illegal drug pushers/personalities are killed without the sanction of any judicial proceeding.
Canne’s Best Director winner Brillante Mendoza helms the TV series which is considered as the first show on Philippine television dedicated to “Tokhang” by tackling sensitive issues like the extrajudicial killings under the Duterte administration among others.
In Amo, Ramsay did not hesitate to accept the villainy role of a corrupt policeman because he believes in the powerful message that the story can tell regarding the country’s problem on illegal drugs.
“You guys know me, I want to be as versatile as possible. I don’t want just doing boy next door may dalawang kamay na nag-aagaw sa akin [laughs] parang mas gusto ko na ‘yung mga role na ganito e. ‘Amo’ is definitely a big challenge for me because it’s different. When they presented the story to me and the message its portraying I was like ‘Yes I wanna be a part of this.’ Di ko hinahangad na ako dapat ang bida sa isang project. I am a team player and I want to be part of a good project. This is a great project with a great message. I think it’s really ballsy of TV5 to present this and show that there is a major major problem in our country when it comes to drugs and corruption,” he said.
“The hype, the things I’ve heard about him before I worked with him, lahat totoo. It was an amazing experience to work alongside Direk. May mga eksena ako na never kong makakalimutan like the last shot that we had for our last day, sabi ni Direk ‘continuation ito ng first day mo ng shoot. Hahabulin mo si Vince [Rillon], tumatakbo kami sa labas ng isang mall may hawak akong baril, e alam nila mabilis talaga akong tumakbo so takbo ako. Di ko alam may mga tunay na palang gwardiya akala nila tao ako na may baril hinahabol talaga nila ako around the mall until pinigilan ako ng isa na akala ko tututukan ako dahil binunutan ako ng baril and then he realized that it was me kaya pinabayaan niya ako,” he narrated.
Also starring in “Amo” are Vince Rillon who plays Joseph, a high school student peddling crystal meth (shabu) with gang members. He will be caught in a high pursuit operation by PNP. Allen Dizon plays the role of his uncle (Camilo), a junior-ranked police officer, who bails him out of prison. But Joseph’s dilemma persists as he is included in the list of drug personalities in the community being targeted by policemen led by Ramsay (Rodrigo Macaraeg). The plot thickens as the series delves into the dark realm behind “tokhang” and the people living in the world of drug pushers, drug lords and corrupt police officers.
Other characters in “Amo” include Felix Roco as Bino, Apollo Abraham as Abner, Ruby Ruiz as Myrna (Joseph’s mother), Dexter Macaraeg as Enteng (Joseph’s father), JC Tan as Paeng (gang leader), Aldrico Padilla as Tisoy, Nikko delos Santos as Chekwa, Elijah Filamor as Edgar, Malak So Shdifat as Michelle, and Yoshihiko Hara as Takeo (druglord).
Watch “Amo” as it tackles “tokhang” and the problems that surround the infamous campaign against illegal drugs in the country beginning August 20 (Sunday), 9:30pm on TV5.
Watch the trailer of “Amo” below: