Motion Picture and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) Chair Diorella “Lala” Sotto-Antonio has dismissed accusations of unfair treatment of “It’s Showtime” following the regulatory board’s decision to suspend the noon show.
Lala, daughter of “EAT” noon show host and former Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III, pointed out that the suspension is not yet final as the MTRCB gave “It’s Showtime” the possibility of filing a request for reconsideration.
“With others, pwede naman na-suspend na kanina pa lang (they could have been suspended right away) but no – again, in the spirit of fairness – we give them the chance kaya hindi sila (that’s is why they weren’t) suspended today,” Lala said in an exclusive interview with GMA reporter Nelson Canlas for “24 hours“, Tuesday, September 5. “We will wait for its finality.”
Lala then responded to frequent netizens’ remarks about it after Canlas asked, “Your comment is newer than ‘It’s Showtime.’ Totoo po ba ito?
(One of the comments claims you’re being unfair to It’s Showtime. Is that true?)
“No, that’s not true,” replied the MTRCB president. “Siguro is naturally one of the supporters of the organization of the pakiramdam kasi siguro naririnig nila na parating nare-report. (I think it’s just normal for fans to feel that way, especially when they’re still hearing reports about it.)
“But, there are MTRCB violations on the agenda,” she pointed out. (But the show’s violations aren’t the MTRCB’s fault.)
The MTRCB previously released its decision to suspend ABS-CBN’s “It’s Showtime” program for 12 days of airing due to alleged “indecent acts” by show hosts Vice Ganda and Ion Perez. In a separate statement, the regulatory board said Lala had blocked the vote on suspending the Kapamilya show to ensure board members would “exercise their independent judgement.”
ABS-CBN has since announced that it will file a motion for reconsideration as it argued “there was no violation of relevant law.” /ra
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