MTRCB: No case against 'Paparazzi' hosts

Posted at 06/26/12 5:26 PM

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) is not likely to file a case against the hosts of the talk show "Paparazzi."

One of the show's hosts, Ruffa Gutierrez, cried foul last Saturday when her program on the No. 3 network TV5 allegedly maligned her on her birthday celebration.

During the Saturday episode of the show, Gutierrez's co-hosts took turns in whispering questions to the former beauty queen, such that viewers would not hear what had been asked. The questions were allegedly on sensitive topics about her previous relationships, to which Gutierrez protested while on air.

MTRCB board member Atty. Noel del Prado said Gutierrez had every right to feel offended over what happened because she felt violated.

The MTRCB also said the producer of “Paparazzi” should be responsible for the incident.

“She had a right to complain because this violated her womanhood, her sensitivity as a mother. There will be no case but we will invite them to explain. We should be also be guided by the standard broadcast code,” he said.

The MTRCB and the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) called on television hosts to avoid making lewd comments in their respective shows.

“Our code is clear: no double meaning, nothing that will incite violence, no sexist remarks," MTRCB chairperson Grace Llamanzares said.

"Apela namin talaga dapat pag-isipan natin ang bitaw ng mga salita lalo pa lahat naka-monitor at kung paano ito makakaapekto sa ibang manonood,” KBP head Ruperto Nicdao said.

The MTRCB and KBP said it is also important that TV stations should have self-regulation.

Both councils are set to meet with producers of live talk shows to be guided in cases involving gender sensitivity. – From a report by Mario Dumaual, ABS-CBN News