Thursday, August 31, 2006

The Last Three Minutes of the Erap Bio

WARNING: The 3-minute video clip below may threaten the political stability of the State and may undermine faith and confidence in the Government. That, at least, is what has just been declared by the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) in banning a DVD™ biography of former President Joseph Estrada. This three minute excerpt is taken from a copy of the DVD, which is 58 minutes, 10 seconds long, and represents the "last three minutes" for which MTRCB has banned its airing and given the entire DVD an X-rating!


The Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) issued the following memorandum banning a DVD biography of former President Joseph Estrada:
DECISION
After conducting a second review on the material "Ang Mabuhay Para Sa Masa", Board Members Paulino E. Cases, Jr., Fr. Nicasio D. Cruz and Orlando Ross. Olgado found the material to contain scenes which contravene Presidential Decree No. 1986 and its Implementing Rules and Regulations. Accordingly, the objectionable scenes:
1. tend to threaten the political stability of the State;
2. tend to undermine the faith and confidence of the people int he Government;
3. are libelous or defamatory to the good name of persons; and,
4. pertain to matters which are subjudice in nautre.
On his part, Board Member Edmund L. Sicam found the last three (3) minutes of the material as tending to threaten the political stability of the State; and undermining the faith of the people in the Government with the narration that states, "nalalapit na ang bagong umaga dahil sa lakas ng puwersa ng masa at muli ng babangon."

On the other hand, Board Member Mario A. Hernando found no grounds for disapproval and rated the same "G" Suitable for all Ages.

WHEREFORE, by a majority vote of four (4) to one(1), the material "Ang Mabuhay Para Sa Masa" is hereby DISAPPROVED FOR AIRING ON TELEVISION ("X").

SO ORDERED, August 28, 2006
(Signed) Members of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board:
Fr. Nicasio D. Cruz
Orlando Ros S. Olgado
Edmund L. Sicam
Mario A. Hernando
Paulino E. Cases, Jr. (Chairman)



Even if you worked for the ouster of Erap as President, which I did, one cannot now turn a blind eye to the sheer arrogance of the MTRCB, to this grave abuse of discretion that amounts to a repression of the civil and political liberties of us all!

Ironically, watching the last three minutes will reaffirm in many, WHY they are now working for the ouster of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo! I have maintained that they both belong in jail. If the Palace had any hand in this latest shenanigan, her eventual sentence ought to be extended accordingly.

2 comments:

Jego said...

While I find the MTRCB decision deplorable, I also find deplorable--albeit to a lesser extent--Atty Rufus Rodriguez's passing off the Erap documentary as a newsreel with its concommitant excemptions. Massaging the newsreel definition on a persnickety technicality is duplicitous and in bad taste. Shows how these people think. What's wrong with owning up to the fact that this is a documentary? They are in the right but still they try this cheap trick? Blek.

AmericanPainter said...

One does not have to understand tagalog (I don't) to understand that the final three minutes of the film is pure pro Erap/anti Gloria propaganda. Having said that, however, whatever happened to free speech in a supposedly democratic country?

Is it that only the Government's propaganda is to be permitted? So long as the film does not support the violent overthrow of the Government, how does it affect the country's political stability? A free speech issue!

In order for it to tend to undermine the faith and confidence of the people in the Government one must first assume that there is faith and confidence of the people in the to begin with. Will everyone please raise their hand if anyone believes there is faith and confidence of the people in the Government? A free speech issue!

What “GOOD NAME” was subject to libel or defamation? Defamation is the act of defaming; false or unjustified injury of the good reputation of another. It begs the question; Who’s GOOD reputation was defamed? Where was the falsity? Who in the film (including Erap) has a GOOD reputation? Everyone please raise your hand if you believe there are ANY good reputations in Government today? A free speech issue!