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Byline: Lito B. Zulueta
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 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.
Back then, it was Imelda Marcos, styling herself as patroness of the arts, who chose the honorees, but with consultations with the artists and culture lovers, especially the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), which administered the awards.
Since the creation of the …