After being back on air last January 18, the Movie & Television Review & Classification Board (MTRCB) has ordered a 1-month suspension of ABS-CBN‘s show “Showtime.”
The MTRCB ruling is based on the statement made by actress Rosanna Roces in the episodes aired on January 4 and 7, 2010.
According to the MTRCB, the suspension will also apply to “Magpasikat”, the show that temporarily replaces “Showtime” when it’s not on air.
In its decision, the MTRCB also recommended the filing of criminal charges against Florida Tan, ABS-CBN vice-president for programming, and other officers “responsible for the violation.”
Bong R. Osorio, head of ABS-CBN’s Corporate Communications, said that the network will appeal the decision before the Office of the President.
“The decision was not totally unexpected. The MTRCB committee hearing the case could not have contradicted the Chairman, who had earlier issued a preventive suspension order of Showtime,” Osorio said.
“ABS-CBN questioned the validity of the preventive suspension order and filed a complaint with the Ombudsman against the MTRCB chairman for violation of the anti-graft and corrupt practices act.”
“The MTRCB decision is not final and executory. ABS-CBN disagrees with the decision and will appeal such to the Office of the President. Meantime, SHOWTIME goes on!,” Osorio added.
The MTRCB placed “Showtime” on a 20-day preventive suspension last January, after Roces made controversial statements against teachers and co-judge Vice Ganda.
In the episode, Roces encouraged students who appeared on the show to ask questions from their teachers. She went on to describe teachers as “repeaters.”
“Huwag kayo makukuntento sa mga itinuturo ng libro at ng teacher. Kung magtatanong kayo, hindi masama iyon. Dahil ang mga teacher, they were just repeaters. Tinuturo lang nila kung ano ang itinuro sa kanila. Hindi na nila itinuturo kung ano ang gusto malaman ng mga bata,” Roces said.
Vice Ganda on the other hand, later reminded the audience that there are many good teachers, and should not be generalized.