Commission on Human Rights condemns March 12 episode of Willing Willie

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The Commission on Human Rights strongly condemns the Willing Willie episode aired on March 12, 2011, where six-year old Jan-Jan Suan was made to perform a "macho-dancing routine." "This is an exploitation of the child's innocence and demeans his inherent dignity for entertainment's sake," says chairperson Loretta Rosales in a press statement released on Tuesday, March 29, about the controversial March 12 episode of Wi


Mariing kinondena ng Commission on Human Rights (CHR) ang insidenteng naganap sa kontrobersiyal na episode ng Willing Willie noong Marso 12 kung saan isang anim na taong gulang na lalaki ang pinagsayaw ng "macho-dancing routine." (CLICK HERE to read related story.)

Sa press statement na inilabas ng kagawaran kahapon, Marso 29, inihayag ni CHR chairperson Loretta Rosales na ang pagsayaw ng batang si Jan-Jan ng "macho-dancing routine" kapalit ng P10,000 ay isang malinaw na kaso ng "child abuse."

Dahil dito, nais ng CHR na imbestigahan ang naturang episode ng Willing Willie upang alamin kung sino ang dapat managot sa anumang legal na aksyon na maaaring gawin kaugnay ng insidente.


OTHER COMPLAINTS. Matatandaan na unang nagpahayag ng pagkadismaya ukol dito ang chairperson ng Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) na si Dinky Soliman.

Sa sulat ng DSWD chairperson kay TV5 Chairman Manny Pangilinan, na nailathala sa publiko noong Lunes, Marso 28, sinabi nitong maituturing na "child abuse" ang naganap sa naturang episode ng Willing Willie.

Kaugnay nito, hiniling ni Dinky Soliman na, "Young children should not be allowed to appear in Willing Willie and other similar shows in the network that cashes in on poverty."

Noong Lunes rin ay naglabas ng statement ang Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) ukol sa insidente.

Sa pahayag na pirmado ni MTRCB chairperson Mary Grace Poe Llamanzares, sinabi niyang tungkulin ng kanilang kagawaran na protektahan ang mga karapatan ng mga bata.

At dahil nakatanggap na sila ng mga reklamo tungkol sa March 12 episode ng Willing Willie, ini-refer na ng Board ang mga ito sa Hearing and Adjudication Committee "for appropriate disposition." (CLICK HERE to read related article.)

Sa kabilang banda, noong araw ring iyon, naglabas ng press statement ang TV5. Humingi ng paumanhin ang network, pati na ang producers ng Willing Willie, dahil sa pagiging "insensitive" nila sa naturang episode.

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Gayunman, diniin sa statement na wala silang intensiyong abusuhin at ipahiya si Jan-Jan sa programa. (CLICK HERE to read related story.)

At sa mismong airing ng Willing Willie, humingi ng paumanhin ang host ng programa na si Willie Revillame. Nagbalik din ang batang si Jan-Jan sa show kasama ang kanyang tatay, na nagsabing talento raw talaga ng kanyang anak ang magsayaw.

CHR STATEMENT. Ito ang kabuuang pahayag ng CHR kaugnay ng March 12 episode ng Willing Willie:

"The Commission on Human Rights strongly condemns the Willing Willie episode aired on March 12, 2011 wherein a 6-year old boy named Jan-Jan Suan performed a 'macho-dancing routine.' This is an exploitation of the child's innocence and demeans his inherent dignity for entertainment's sake.

"The multiple pressures exerted on Jan-Jan by the TV program's host, audience, and his parents to perform a humiliating act in exchange for ten thousand pesos constitute child abuse as defined in Section 10 of R.A. No. 7610 or 'Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation, and Discrimination Act. It provides that:

"Other Acts of Neglect, Abuse, Cruelty or Exploitation and Other Conditions Prejudicial to the Child's Development. -

"(a) Any person who shall commit any other acts of child abuse, cruelty or exploitation or to be responsible for other conditions prejudicial to the child's development including those covered by Article 59 of Presidential Decree No. 603, as amended, but not covered by the Revised Penal Code, as amended, shall suffer the penalty of prison mayor in its minimum period.

"The willingness of Jan-Jan's parents to expose him, both in private and public, to a humiliating and degrading situation is child abuse. The Commission is also deeply alarmed that the abuse suffered by Jan-Jan was seen on national television and that its videos are being repeatedly watched by the public, including children.

"The Commission will investigate this incident in order to identify the person/s liable and to recommend proper legal actions against them. The Commission will also issue recommendations to relevant private, especially TV5, and public agencies in order to prevent similar incidents from happening again. The Commission also calls upon the relevant government offices such as the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board, the Department of Social Welfare and Development, and the Department of Justice to undertake the appropriate actions to address this incidence of child abuse and to provide the necessary relief to Jan-Jan."

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