Both Aunor and Oro director Alvin Yapan attended the hearing of the Senate committee on public information and mass media over different issues concerning the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF).
One of the matters taken up was the controversial dog slaughter scene in the 2016 entry Oro.
Yapan said nobody from the crew killed a dog.
"Hindi kami ang pumatay ng aso para lang sa pelikula kasi kami mismo -- ako hindi ko kaya pumatay ng aso," Yapan told the committee.
Aunor, however, refuted Yapan's statement, saying it was stated in the script that one dog will be killed. She earlier said that two dogs will be killed but then clarified the matter later on during the hearing.
"Meron talaga sa script na papatay sila ng aso. [Based sa script], pinukpok ng pinukpok ng dos por dos at nilaslas ang bituka ng aso. Nasa script po yan," Aunor said.
Aunor was first considered for the role of Kapitana, the lead character in the movie, which was played by Irma Adlawan.
"Sinungaling po sila kasi unang una, yung aso, yung sinasabi, pinukpok ng lang beses," Aunor insisted.
The actress also complained of not receiving a formal notice from the director nor the producer that she will no longer continue on with the project, despite already having attended a story conference.
Senator Grace Poe, chair of the Senate panel conducting the hearing, gave Yapan an opportunity to apologize over the incident.
"Taos puso, buong puso kaming magpapaumangin na madami kaming na-offend na tao at sensibilidad," Yapan said.
"Kailangan niyo rin maintindihan na hindi ko to ginagawa upang mang-gago. Ito ay reaction ko bilang creative artist at director kung paano ay yung everyday pagpatay ng tao ay hindi na natin iniinda," he added. —NB, GMA News