The Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) is suspending TV5’s public service program T3 Kapatid Sagot Kita! for three months with a fine of P100,000.
This is due to the “alleged unlawful, indecent and violence-inciting utterances” of the Tulfo brothers—Ben, Raffy, and Erwin—on their show.
This is still in relation to the airport incident between their older brother, Mon Tulfo, and showbiz couple Raymart Santiago and Claudine Barretto.
The show was initially given a 20-day preventive suspension on May 12 after the said “utterances” were aired on their show on May 7, a day after the incident.
But the said suspension was lifted four days after “under very stringent conditions.”
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According to the statement released today, May 30, by MTRCB, led by Chairperson Mary Grace Poe Llamanzares, the Tulfo brothers were in violation of Section 3 (c) of PD 1986.
The official statement found on the MTRCB website is as follows:
In a decision rendered today, the MTRCB Hearing and Adjudication Committee found ABC TV5 liable for the unlawful utterances of the Tulfo Brothers in the 07 May 2012 episode of “T3 Kapatid Sagot Kita.” The dispositive portion of the Decision is as follows:
1. For violating of Section 3 (c) of PD 1986, the penalty of SUSPENSION for THREE (3) MONTHS is hereby imposed on the show “T3 Kapatid Sagot Kita” including the advisory requirement in this decision.
2. By way of administrative penalty, a fine of one hundred thousand pesos (Php 100,000.00) is hereby imposed on the show “T3 Kapatid Sagot Kita.“
3. After the complete service of the suspension, the show “T3 Kapatid Sagot Kita” is placed on Probation, or on a per-episode permit basis, until the Board is convinced that the Respondents have implemented self-regulatory measures aimed at preventing future violations.
(Sgd) MARY GRACE POE LLAMANZARES
TV5 WILL FILE FOR AN APPEAL. In response to the MTRCB's decision, TV5 will be filing for an appeal.
This is their official statement:
“TV5 regrets the decision of the MTRCB and views it as an act in excess of its jurisdiction.
“At this point, TV5 will turn to the court of appeals and seek judgment in its pending petition to enjoin the MTRCB from further enforcing the sanction until a definitive ruling is made on the issue of grave abuse of discretion committed by the Censorship Board.”