Para kay Jan-jan (Shame on you Willie Revillame!) On the MTRCB ruling for suspension of Willing Willie
03 May 2011 – The Para Sa Mga Bata Movement welcomes the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board’s (MTRCB) move to suspend the show Willing Willie and to put it on probation. We especially welcome the terms of the probation, which puts the show on a “per-broadcast permit” status, with a commitment from the MTRCB to monitor the broadcasts every day. This means that Willing Willie faces the additional burden and responsibility of creating a show that will pass MTRCB’s broadcasting standards EACH AND EVERY DAY. This will help ensure that the further abuse, degradation and humiliation of contestants, especially of children, will be prevented from happening again on this show.
However, the fight does not end here. It is incumbent upon us, the members of this community, as well as media institutions, government agencies, and other responsible sectors of society, to remain vigilant and focused on the issue of children’s sexualization in media. The MTRCB acknowledged as much in their decision, citing the need to “fight for a TV industry that does not only make us ‘eat for a day,’ but an industry that inspires, transforms, and moves us, to live better lives.”
The MTRCB has taken the first step towards effecting positive changes in the media landscape, and it is now up to us, to all of us, to continue the struggle. To quote the decision once again, “We are all advocates.” Let’s continue to fight the good fight as a community. Let’s see this through to the end.
Para sa mga bata.
Meanwhile the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) welcomes the decision of the MTRCB.
…especially on the premise of TV5’s admission of lapses on their part. In line with this, DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said that “It is important that the MTRCB recognized that something wrong was done during that particular episode of Willing Willie. It strengthens the effort to review and tighten existing guidelines for children who appear on television as talents and/or as contestants in talent shows.”
This affirms our advocacy for the protection of the rights of children, including those who are part of the entertainment industry. The DSWD is committed to pursue its mandate to ensure the protection and promotion of the rights and welfare of children everywhere
The last page of the 13 page decision is shown below while complete decision may be read here
Not all is lost. Even if Willie Revillame was just given one month probationary suspension, at least it got people more aware of children’s rights and that the industry will hopefully be better after this. But people need to be vigilant as ever, and sponsors wiser with ad spending.
Noemi Lardizabal-Dado is a Content Strategist with over 16 years experience in blogging, content management, citizen advocacy and media literacy and over 26 years in web development. Otherwise known as @MomBlogger on social media, she believes in making a difference in the lives of her children by advocating social change for social good.
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Updated June 6, 2022