MTRCB reviewer Ed Sicam reveals how "Transformers" rating was changed


MTRCB Chair Consoliza Laguardia allegedly changed the rating of the Hollywood film Transformers from PG-13 to GP. This triggered the disgruntled MTRCB employees to file a complaint against her and they are asking for her resignation.



Nakausap ng PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) si Edmund Sicam, journalist and member of Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MRTCB) sa press conference ng Gulong, an entry to the 2007 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival. Ed was there not as a press or as an MTRCB representative but as an actor.

"Thirty seconds lang ako rito bilang town mayor," natutuwang sabi niya regarding his role sa first feature ng commercial director-turned- independent director/producer Sockie Villanueva.

We then changed subject to the issue involving MTRCB—binatikos ang mismong chair ng MTRCB na si Ms. Consoliza Laguardia for the change in rating given to the Hollywood movie Transformers.

Ang unang gustong ipaalam ni Ed, wala siyang kinalaman sa mga naglabasang balita tungkol sa issue although he is directly involved. In the first place, pati siya, naisulat na nag-walkout daw during the review of the movie.

Isa si Ed sa original reviewers ng Transformers, the others being Ricardo de Leon and Cristina Concordia. While they felt that there is too much violence in the movie, binigyan pa rin nila ito ng PG-13 (Parental Guidance under age of 13) rating, meaning puwede pa ring panoorin ng mga bata as long as may kasamang magulang.

"Pagbalik ko, nakita ko na binura nila ang PG-13 rating at ginawang GP [General Patronage]," explains Ed.

Ed withdrew his signature.

Since the document needs three signatures, a third signature was replaced, that of the MTRCB Chair.

"I withdrew my signature because I did not want to be involved in a tainted document. Since I withdrew my signature, napilitan si Laguardia na pumirma as third member of the committee.

"I don't know if she watched the movie alone. If so, that is improper since all three members must watch at the same time by our rules. If she signed the permit without watching the movie, that's even worse," sabi ni Ed.

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Ang hindi nagustuhan ni Ed, lumabas sa isang broadsheet na nag-walkout daw siya during the screening of Transformers na niri-review nila.

"How could I walk out when we already signed the review?" pagtatapos niya.

Sa ngayon ay wala pang resolusyon sa reklamo ng mga empleyado laban sa MTRBC Chairperson dahil sa paglabag diumano nito sa ilang rules ng review board. Hinihingi nila ang kanyang resignation.


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