To the Philippines’ Movie and Television Review and Classification Board: Get Real!

After my previous rants about the media, there are those who called me out on the fact that I can’t really blame everything on them. After all, the bottom line is that media companies are simply about making money and little else. Whether or not something is right or wrong, moral or immoral, good or bad is not really their problem. Their only concern is essentially “selling what sells” as a certain NPC once said in Shadowrun. Remember that the Philippines is supposedly a democracy and everyone, media stations included, are allowed to use whatever means are available to them to make a profit.

However, like anywhere else, everyone in a democratic country has standards to meet and boundaries to observe. And yes, this does include the media. When any media station or company begins going past the limits of what is legal and family-friendly, it is the job of the MTRCB to stop them and rein them in. However, with what’s happening so far both on our local televisions and our society at large, I can only wonder whether or not the MTRCB still exists. I mean really, after the general nastiness that seems all too rampant in the Philippines today, I’m at a loss on whether or not the MTRCB still operates in the Philippines or if its members are on some kind of permanent vacation.


To the members of the MTRCB who might be reading this, here are my two cents on your job so far. Yes, I know that I’m just an amateur, but my days as a psychologist’s assistant has shown me more than I needed to know about what is happening in our society. It’s your job to make sure that the media is giving our youths informative and wholesome entertainment but, with everything that’s happening and continuing to happen, I can only speculate that the MTRCB has essentially become an underground organization like the MIB.

Anyway, here are my observations:

Teen Pregnancy

This is perhaps one of the most common cases my employer and I have encountered as of late. Well, teen pregnancies have always occurred throughout history (heck, Mary was 14 when she had Jesus) but their increase in frequency is getting more and more alarming. Remember what I said about over-romanticism? Well, my employer agrees with me that the way our culture has essentially become focused on romance and little else may have something to do with it.

Of course, there is the fact that we are all free to consume what media we want and I will certainly not deny that the Filipino people are both romantic and passionate in whatever they do. However, it is something else entirely to bombard people with nothing but romance, romance and romance. From our music to majority of our shows, there is not a single one that does not involve romance of one kind or another. And no, it’s not the low-key type of romance either, it’s usually the kind where the lead characters always get together in the end and live happily ever after.

Worse yet, the idea of love is presented as an idyllic thing that is actually quite different from what it really is in real life. While I am no expert on the matter, I really need to say that love is more about an acceptance for one another, a deep sense of trust and an acknowledgement of one’s loyalty and responsibility towards his or her significant other. The local media magnates have essentially confused teen lust with true love and is trying to present it to the common people as the answer to all their problems without showing them the possible consequences such as teen pregnancy.


Well, like the above, there’s no denying the fact that this does happen in real life. What’s essentially sad though is that the media presents it as something that is normal. Look, being a guy, I can admit that our eyes might wander from time to time (and something that is not our hand might point to someone else), especially when alone, but that doesn’t mean we all intend to cheat our significant others (in case you’re curious, I actually don’t have one).

Anyway, thanks again to the media’s greedy ways, more and more people seem to think that they’re spouses are cheating or will cheat on them even though that couldn’t be further from the truth. Asides from teen pregnancy, my employer and I have been doing more and more marriage counseling in the previous months because more and more spouses are convinced that their significant other is seeing someone else or is planning to see someone else.

The most common denominator here is that all these clients have been watching nothing but teleseryes while at home. While I am only an assistant after all, I cannot help but correlate the factors. Please people of the MTRCB, if you understand what I’m trying to say here, stop the media from destroying families through paranoia.

Child Molestation

Ever notice that the victims of child molestation and rape are getting younger and younger?

Well, I hate to say it but I think it might have something to do with the way children in our media are being sexualized. As I’ve already mentioned, no one seems to be bothered by the fact that Willie Revillame essentially forced a young boy to dance like a male stripper and no one seems to give a rat’s ass that a bunch of little girls dressed in skimpy outfits dancing sexily in imitation of noon-time show dancers on Goin’ Bulilit. People even go on to say that as long as we don’t look at them with malice, it’s okay.

But then again, what about people who do look at children with malice? And, from the way they’re allowed or forced to do what they do, who’s to say that the producers didn’t have malice in their minds? Then we even have the gall to wonder why we pedophiles like it so much in our country…




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Robert Haighton
Dear Grimwald, it seems that you put all the responsibility of “taking care” of the weak soul and “educating” the young is a task of a TV channel/network. Now, I come from a country where such tasks and duties are the sole responsibility of the parents. My parents have to protect me (as a child = weak soul) from the filth on TV and other media. Or they (my parents) have to make clear that what is shown on TV doesnt come close to what life is about in real(ity). So I (as child/teenager/adoloscent) have to distinguish between what is… Read more »
The Media people are also susceptible to corruption. “lagay diyan, lagay dito”. So that, they will look the other way; while these bad shows are released for public consumption, by their approval. I have never seen a teleserya; where the Politician had many wives; many children; and was Stealing from the National Treasury, to support his “Harem” , and provide for many of his children. I have yet to see a teleserya; where the Politician steals from the National Treasury thru: Pork Barrel, DAP, PDAF, BBL Law,etc… These are the Realities in our lives, that need to be featured in… Read more »
@Grimwald. I understand your utter frustration at the pathetic state of PH media. I used to be an avid TV watcher. But for the past 10 years I have survived without any TV signal or cable connection in my home. The widescreen we have is just for DVDs. Most of my visual content I just get internet – esp. News sites and YouTube. To everyone listening. Try going on a fast from TV for a season. You will find a renewed sense of freedom. The freedom to decide what content is worth your time, and not be at the mercy… Read more »
It might not be true that things like teen pregnancy and child molestation are worse than ever (leaving aside population growth), simply because things tended to be less reported in the past – lack of policing, records, awareness and empowerment, too much misplaced shame. Though I’m not confident those things have improved enough to give an idea of the real picture even today. Even in the UK and US, there have been all those high-profile paedophilia and rape scandals stretching back decades and only coming out recently because the victims were afraid of the celebrity’s power and influence. How many… Read more »

The only valid censorship of ideas is the right of people not to listen. Indeed, censorship is the child of fear and the father of ignorance.

When truth is replaced by silence,the silence is a lie. Withholding information is the essence of tyranny. Control of the flow of information is the tool of the dictatorship.

The news media in public or abs-cbn, TV5, and GMA news are so dumbing down the people watching it. Compared to CNN Philippines the way they say, present and broadcast their news are in a very non-propaganda way. But of course you need to pay cable tv to see that. The major tv networks in the Philippines needs to change their means of broadcasting television shows and news so that the Filipino cultural heritage will be watched and enjoyed by Filipinos. Just because it is free doesn’t mean it can’t be presented in a very stupid way. Our national language… Read more »