TV5 to follow stricter guidelines after Jan-Jan incident, doesn’t penalize Willie Revillame or Willing Willie

( At a hearing yesterday, TV5 vowed to follow stricter guidelines on the participation of minors on all of the network’s programs following the "Jan-Jan on Willing Willie" incident, reports GMA News Online.

TV5 Chief Operating Officer Robert V. Barreiro told the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) that they have imposed a moratorium on the involvement of minors in all TV5 contests and game shows. He added that they will assign supervisors for all TV5 show auditions, reports GMA News Online.

Barreiro also said they have appointed an internal ombudsman and created a Standards Advisory Board that includes a psychologist, a creative director and a children’s communications expert. He added that they have assigned a team of psychologists to the case of Jan-Jan Estrada, the six-year-old boy who cried while gyrating on Willing Willie, prompting allegations of child abuse.

However, TV5 did not penalize Willing Willie or its host Willie Revillame even if the MTRCB said the network "should be able to impose punitive sanctions on the program and its hosts, which can range from a reprimand to a cancellation of the TV program itself in the spirit of self-regulation."

GMA News Online quoted MTRCB Chairperson Mary Grace Poe Llamanzares: "Still, the sufficiency of any such sanctions shall be subject to final determination by the Hearing and Adjudication Committee, and the approval of the chairman."

The MTRCB’s first hearing on the child abuse complaint yesterday was open to the public but the media was not allowed to cover it as it might "hamper the spontaneity of the people inside especially when they’re playing for the camera," Llamanzares said. She added that the proceedings might last for two weeks, reports ABS-CBN News.

For more on this story, log on to GMA News Online and ABS-CBN News.

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