Armida Siguion-Reyna has called on television stations and movie outfits to strengthen their system of self regulation to shield themselves from the alleged abuses of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB).
Siguion-Reyna, herself a former chairman of the MTRCB, made this call in light of the controversy involving the board and “Showtime,” ABS-CBN's popular morning show.
"Showtime" was given a 20-day preventive suspension by the MTRCB due to the controversial remarks made by actress Rosanna Roces, who was then a guest judge, against school teachers.
The Court of Appeals (CA) later issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) stopping the MTRCB from enforcing its 20-day preventive suspension order on the show.
Siguion-Reyna believed that the appellate court put the MTRCB in its place with its decision. The CA cited in its resolution the MTRCB's “blatant abuse of authority.”
Siguion-Reyna, one of the strongest critics of the MTRCB, also slammed the board for what she called its ignorance of the law, especially when enforcing suspension orders.
Following the TRO, “Showtime” went back on air Tuesday.
Sopurce: Mario Dumaual, ABS-CBN News