Veteran columnist Cristy Fermin has clarified the role of MTRCB chair Lala Sotto regarding the suspension of the noontime show ‘It’s Showtime.’
On September 4, 2023, the MTRCB imposed a 12-airing day suspension on ‘It’s Showtime’ for alleged violations of the MTRCB’s guidelines, including the use of sexual innuendo and double-meaning jokes.
Fermin defended Sotto against criticism and clarified that Sotto was not the sole decision-maker in the suspension. Fermin pointed out that more than 30 officials were involved in the decision, and Sotto herself abstained from voting. Additionally, Fermin noted that it was Sotto who reduced the initial suspension period from one month to 12 days.
Fermin questioned why Sotto was the target of criticism when there were numerous individuals involved in the decision-making process.
“Hindi po tayo mapipigilang makapag-isip na mayroon pong sumesenyas, sumisilbato sa likod ng mga taong ito para upakan nang upakan nang sobra na po sa katinuan si Chair Lala Sotto,” Fermin said on her show ‘Cristy Ferminute.’
“Bakit siya? Siya lang ba nag-iisa na nasa ahensya ng MTRCB? Mahigit po silang tatlumpu na nagdesisyon, nag-inhibit pa nga ang tagapamuno, pinababaan pa nga po ang dapat ay isang buwan na verdict para sa It’s Showtime at kay Vice Ganda at kay Ion Perez pero bakit siya ang pinupuntirya? Sobra na ‘to,” she added.
Lala Sotto, as the chairperson of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB), has faced controversy due to the suspension of ‘It’s Showtime.’ Sotto has defended the MTRCB’s decision, emphasizing the board’s role in protecting viewers from inappropriate content. She denied allegations of bias against ‘It’s Showtime’ or ABS-CBN.
The issue is ongoing, with the MTRCB currently reviewing ABS-CBN’s motion for reconsideration of the suspension.