On May 30th, MTRCB Chairperson Mary Grace Poe Llamanzares issued a statement on their ruling to suspend the Tulfo Brothers for 3 months. This came about after the brothers spoke of threats towards the couple Raymart Santiago and Claudine Barretto on national TV viz thier TV5 show.
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.
TV5 is turning the case to the Court of Appeals and issued this official statement.
TV5 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 sanctions until a definitive ruling is made on the issue of grave abuse of discretion committed by the Censorship Board.”
(Sources: Pep.ph and TV5)