MTRCB Sanctions “It’s Showtime” With 12-Day Suspension

Viewers would not be seeing “It’s Showtime” for 12 consecutive days

The Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) has sanctioned Kapamilya noontime show “It’s Showtime” with a 12-day airing suspension. 

Ogie Alcasid, Kim Chiu, Vice Ganda, Jhong Hilario
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The regulatory body’s verdict stemmed from an alleged “indecent gesture” that host Vice Ganda and Ion Perez displayed in one of its segments “Isip Bata” on July 25, 2023. 

It refers to the icing scene that has gained multiple complaints from viewers and has prompted the MTRCB’s Hearing And Adjudication Committee to summon the program’s production on July 31, 2023.

In addition to this, other “It’s Showtime” hosts were said to have violated some broadcast conduct, including Jhong Hilario who uttered the word “G-spot” with Vice Ganda during the January 24, 2023 episode. 

Host Vhong Navarro had his fair share of violation as he was reported to have said the word “tinggil” during the program’s June 3, 2023 episode. 

According to MTRCB, these gestures were a violation of Section 2 (B), Chapter IV of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Presidential Decree (P.D.) No. 1986—both of which were given “due course.” 

In accordance with the governing provisions, “It’s Showtime” is entitled to one Motion For Reconsideration within 15 days after the decision. Should MTRCB’s decision remain firm, the program may escalate it to the Office Of The President within 15 days following the issuance of receipt. 

Even before the final verdict, “It’s Showtime” has been getting warnings from MTRCB regarding sensitive terminologies and graphic-heavy representations, such as the utterance of “p*kp*k shorts” and the “indecent attire and performance” of Kim Duenas during the “Girl On Fire” segment. 

More so, MTRCB has also attended to multiple complaints in the past but chose to dismiss in “spirit of fairness and equity.”

It includes dancer Regine Tolentino’s wardrobe malfunction during her guest performance, which prompted the MTRCB to issue a memorandum urging stakeholders to exercise prudence in securing their talents’ clothing during performance. 

In 2010, the program, which was then called “Showtime” has also received a 20-day suspension. 

MTRCB is currently helmed by its chairwoman, Lala Sotto-Antonio, the daughter of former Senate president Tito Sotto, who is one of the main hosts of “E.A.T.”

Here is the full copy of MTRCB’s statement:

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READ ALSO: MTRCB Chair Lala Sotto Justifies Parents Tito Sotto And Helen Gamboa’s Intimate Gesture On “E.A.T.”

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