MTRCB suspends Tulfos' show for 20 days
MANILA, Philippines -- The Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) meted a 20-day suspension on the show "T3: Kapatid, Sagot Kita" starting Thursday, after its three hosts uttered threats against celebrity couple Raymart Santiago and Claudine Barretto.
The MTRCB said the show violated Presidential Decree 1986 “for airing scenes and utterances that are indecent and contrary to law, or with a dangerous tendency to encourage the commission of violence, or of a wrong or crime.”
The suspension will be effective today, May 10. The board will conduct another hearing on May 14.
Brothers Erwin, Ben and Raffy Tulfo on Monday hurled invectives and threats against Santiago and Barretto for allegedly beating up their brother, Ramon, last Sunday at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
They later apologized to the public for the threats, saying their outburst was caused by a sudden rush of emotions over the incident.
Thursday's hearing was attended by TV5 Corp. lawyers Atty. Nicholas Bondoc at Atty. Christine Ona, while the MTRCB was represented by Atty. Jonathan Pesquito.
The Tulfo brothers were not seen during the hearing.
Also tackled during the clarificatory hearing was a complaint made by a certain SPO3 Abubakar Manlangit, who said he was embarrassed by the brothers during a November 2011 episode of the program.
According to Manlangit, the Tulfos called him a thief on-air, which was seen by Manlangit's 4-year-old child, who was reportedly traumatized by the accusations.
Even before today's hearing, TV5 Corp. already suspended Raffy, Ben and Erwin Tulfo from their program. Mon Tulfo said he will temporarily replace his brothers on the show. -- Report from Johnson Manabat, Radyo Patrol