MTRCB suspends Willing Willie, show could be back May 9

(SPOT.ph) The Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) has suspended Willing Willie following its controversial March 12 episode, reports Inquirer.net. In a decision announced yesterday, the MTRCB suspended the TV5 show for 30 days but said it was "crediting the period of its (Willing Willie’s) voluntary suspension." The show went off air on April 9 which means it could return on May 9.

The MTRCB’s adjudication committee found that the show violated Section 3 (c) of the Presidential Decree 1986. According to the particular section, the MTRCB can "prohibit the... television broadcast of... television programs... which, in the judgment of the board applying contemporary Filipino cultural values as standard, are objectionable for being immoral, indecent, contrary to law and/or good customs, injurious to the prestige of the Republic of the Philippines or its people, or with a dangerous tendency to encourage the commission of violence or of wrong or crime."

According to the MTRCB’s decision, Willing Willie also has to apply for a permit to air on a per-broadcast basis, reports Inquirer.net. The probationary period will last "until the board is convinced (TV5’s) self-regulatory measures had actually been undertaken and implemented."

Host Willie Revillame’s lawyer Leonard de Vera said the per-episode permit basis means TV5 will give the MTRCB a video copy of Willing Willie's previous episode. He claimed the MTRCB does not have to pre-approve each episode of the live show.

The show’s business unit head Jay Montelibano told PEP.ph, "We can already start airing May 9 but we’re still discussing internally, while rehearsals are ongoing daily, if May 9 is already a go."

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