Iginiit ng Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) na hindi ito ang namamahala sa pag-preview ng mga political advertisements tuwing election period.
Sa pangunguna ng MTRCB Chairperson na si Eugenio "Toto" Villareal, nilinaw nito sa isang advisory na unang lumabas sa kanilang official website nitong Sabado, May 7, na hindi ito saklaw ng kanilang ahensya.
Bagkus, ang Commission on Election (Comelec) ang namamahala sa mga political ads sang-ayon sa Omnibus Election Code, Fair Elections Act, at Comelec Resolution No. 10049.
Ang buong advisory ng MTRCB: "In response to continuous queries and feedback over traditional and social media, the MTRCB reiterates that it does not, as a matter of law and practice, preview any political advertisement for TV broadcast during the election period.
"The Agency furthers affirms its regular policy of respect and deference to the Comelec, which has jurisdiction to supervise and regulate such advertisement under the Omnibus Election Code, the Fair Elections Act, and Comelec Resolution No. 10049.
"Thus, under Resolution No. 10049, the Comelec can require summary reports of TV advertisements, entertain "right to reply" claims, and even summarily act on advertisements which are against "public morals."
"At the same time, advertisers and networks are to observe self-regulation in regard to content.
"All the above, however, are without prejudice to any action that may be brought post-broadcast to such appropriate forum for relief or other measure for the violation of any other law or norms other than election laws, subject always to due process for all those concerned.
"The MTRCB assures the public that it will always be solicitous in regard to the welfare of children, women and other usually vulnerable sectors in media and entertainment. It also has, on the other hand, a developmental mandate to promote free speech and expression. Being a creation of law, however, the MTRCB must necessarily act within the framework of mandates of individual agencies and of the courts.
"The MTRCB asks our viewing public to support the Comelec for honest, orderly, and peaceful elections, and looks forward to collaborating with the latter and other relevant agencies in the days to come."
Aniya, "We do not regulate their contents. As far as what are their contents, whether positive or negative or what actors are used, we do not meddle with them.”
Nilabas ng MTRCB ang advisory matapos ma-"deface" ng isang grupong kung tawagin ay "Pinoy Hackers" ang kanilang official website nitong nakaraang araw kalakip ang isang mensahe na kumukuwestiyon sa pagpapahintulot umano ng ahensya na maipasahimpapawid ng isang negatibong political ad laban sa presidential bet na si Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.
Bahagi ng kanilang mensahe, "Ginawa itong MTRCB para magsilbing taga-implementa ng 'FAIR AND UNBIASED' reporting ng mga TV, print and movie industry pero nagsawalang-kibo (literal, they turned a BLIND EYE) to that malicious political mudslinging ad. Ano pang silbi mo MTRCB? Isa ka din ba sa mga simpleng nagpapalamon sa pera ng bayan?"
Ang tinutukoy na "malicious political mudslinging ad" ng grupo ay ang 30-second anti-Duterte ad na binayaran umano ng vice presidential candidate na si Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV.
Sa nasabing ad mapapanood ang ilang mga bata na kumukuwestiyon sa moralidad ni Mayor Duterte. Umere ang nasabing ad sa ABS-CBN habang ibang bersyon naman nito ang di umano'y lumabas din sa GMA-7.