'Showtime' back on air after suspension

Posted at 01/19/10 2:17 PM

MANILA, Philippines - ABS-CBN's popular morning program "Showtime" resumed airing on Tuesday, January 19.

The talent show was back on its regular time slot after a court granted a temporary restraining order (TRO) from the Court of Appeals against the 20-day preventive suspension by the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB).

The MTRCB had suspended the show due to controversial remarks made by one of the show's judges, Rosanna Roces.

While telling student guests on the show to not limit their learning to textbooks and teacher's lessons, Roces also told them to swear at their teachers.

In an official statement by ABS-CBN, the network welcomed the show's return.

"ABS-CBN is happy to announce that the talent-variety program 'Showtime' will return on-air starting tomorrow, 19 Jan 2010, following the issuance of a TRO by the Court of Appeals enjoining the MTRCB from continuing to enforce the preventive suspension order on the show," the statement read.

"We welcome the CA resolution dated 15 January 2010, which states: 'For reasons afore-stated, and as prayed for by petitioner, let a TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER be issued, as it is hereby issued, effective sixty (60) days from notice hereof, enjoining respondent MTRCB, including any and all persons acting in their behalf and under their command and authority, from continuing to enforce the Preventive Suspension Order dated January 11, 2010 issued against petitioner, pending the resolution of the instant petition."

On Monday, January 18, ABS-CBN Corporate Communications head Bong Osorio announced "Showtime's" return on the show "Magpasikat", a similar talent show that temporarily replaced "Showtime" for a week and a half.

Back with a vengeance?

For the comeback episode of "Showtime," its hosts Jugs Jugueta, Teddy Corpuz, Kim Atienza, Anne Curtis, Vhong Navarro, and resident judge Vice Ganda performed a dance number.

After their performances the hosts took time to welcome and thank the live audience, viewers and loyal fans or supporters of "Showtime."

They also thanked "Bro" (the network's moniker for God) for "blessing them with the TRO."

"We're so happy to be back dito sa inyong pinakapaborito at pinakamagandang nangyari sa morning TV (ang Showtime). (We are so happy to be back on your favorite show and the best thing that happened on morning TV)," Curtis said.

"Sa lahat ng nagdasal at nag-abang sa pagbabalik ng 'Showtime,' maraming salamat. Nandito na ang show na inyong sinuportahan at minahal. (To all who prayed and waited for 'Showtime's' return, thank you. The show that you love and support is back)," Navarro said.

Vice Ganda, who was in a festive mood, likened the occasion to a birthday.

"Maligayang pagbabalik sa ating lahat. Happy Birthday sa ating lahat. Nagpapasalamat ako sa lahat ng sumuporta kasama na ang mga Facebook fans ko. Dininig na ang ating panalangin. Hindi ko alam kung ano ang nararamdaman ko. Punong puno ako ng kaligayahan sa puso ko. I love you all," Vice Ganda said.

After the welcome greetings, popular band "Side A" also performed their hit "Tuloy Pa Rin Ako."

Still present are the Showtime's judges: talent manager Wyngard Tracey, actress-comedienne Joy Viado, 2008 "Miss Earth" contestant Karla Henry and legendary rap artist Andrew E.

Cause of suspension

Roces, however, was removed from the show after she made statements against the show's teachers and her fellow judge Vice Ganda.

In the January 7 episode, Roces described teachers as "repeaters," and encouraged students to be more critical thinkers.

"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," she said.

("If you ask questions, that's not bad. Because teachers, they're just repeaters. They just teach what was taught to them. They don't teach what children want to know.")

She went on to advise children to swear at their teachers.

Her co-judge on the show, Vice Ganda, later reminded the audience that there are many teachers who are good at their profession, and that people should not generalize when they criticize the failures of educators.

Despite Roces's removal, the MTRCB still slapped a 20-day preventive suspension on the show. ABS-CBN questioned this move.

"A preventive suspension is issued to stop further violations, if there were any committed, or for the interest or welfare of the public. Thus, the network questions the need for said preventive suspension when Rosanna Roces has already been removed from the program," an earlier statement released by the ABS-CBN Corporate Communications department said.

"Showtime is a highly entertaining show watched by many Filipinos. It helps promote and showcase the creativity and talent of kapamilyas nationwide, uplifts their spirit and provides opportunities to improve their lives," it added.

The cast and staff of the show said they were not given any notice of the suspension.