The Movie and Television Rating and Classification Board last May 30 imposed a three-month suspension on the Tulfo brothers’ T3 Kapatid Sagot Kita television show on TV5.
The Board’s Hearing and Adjudication Committee found the TV program liable for the unlawful utterances of the Tulfo brothers in the May 7, 2012 episode of the show as they discussed the recent altercation at NAIA between their elder brother Mon and the Raymart Santiago and Claudine Barretto couple.
The dispositive portion of the decision is as follows:
1. For violating Section 3(c) of Presidential Decree 1986, the penalty of suspension for three 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 P100,000 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 on a per-episode basis until the Board is convinced that the respondents have implemented self-regulatory measures aimed at preventing future violations.
The decision was signed by MTRCB Chairperson Mary Grace Poe-Llamanzares.
The MTRCB earlier issued a 20-day preventive suspension order against T3 Kapatid Sagot Kita but it was not deemed as a penalty. Its purpose was only to prevent further probable violations of the law without prejudice to the continuation of the formal adjudication proceedings.
TV5 filed an application for TRO before the Court of Appeals. The CA did not grant the TRO and upon demand of MTRCB in open court, TV5 vowed not to repeat violation in this regard under pain of sanction from both the CA and the Board.
The CA compelled TV5 to assure the MTRCB that no similar further violations will be committed by T3 Kapatid Sagot Kita while the case is pending. The Board voluntarily lifted the preventive suspension order.
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