Ipinag-utos ng chairperson ng Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) na si Mary Grace Poe Llamanzares na bumuo ng bagong grupo para sa kanilang Hearing and Adjudication Committee.
Ang kautusang ito ay blang tugon sa inihaing reklamo ng TV5 sa pagdinig ng MTRCB kahapon, April 7, ukol sa kontrobersiyal na March 12 episode ng Willing Willie, kung saan ilang beses na nakitang sumayaw ng "macho-dance routine" ang anim na taong gulang na si Jan-Jan Suan. (CLICK HERE to read related story.)
Layunin ng pagdinig na alamin kung nilabag ng naturang episode ang MTRCB Presidential Decree 1986 Section 3C, na ayon kay Chairperson Poe Llamanzares ay, "Nagsasabi na, kung anuman ang naiisip ng board members na salungat, kung ano man ’yong customs and good morals ng contemporary Filipino standard—kung salungat ito, indecent, ’yon, isa na ’yong violation."
Layunin din nito na magbigay ng isang resolusyon hindi lamang para sa kasong ito kundi sa mga posible pang maganap na insidente sa mga susunod na pagkakataon. (CLICK HERE to read related article.)
Sa press statement na ipinadala ng TV5 kahapon, nabanggit dito na, "The MTRCB has no jurisdiction over the subject matter, particularly that the Complaint is a direct accusation of alleged acts of child abuse, which is criminal in nature." (CLICK HERE to read full statement of TV5)
Samantala, sa ulat naman ng Aksyon Journalismo kagabi, iginiit ng abugado ng Wil Production na si Atty. Leonard de Vera na tatlong miyembro ng komite ay konektado sa rival network ng TV5.
Aniya, "The three members of your committee are all, are all, without any exceptions... Leah [Navarro], honestly, is a person known to me. But they are identified with another TV [and] radio network, which is adversely seeking for the destruction of Willie Revillame."
Sinagot naman ito ni MTRCB Chairperson Poe Llamanzares. Aniya, "As you know, the composition of the MTRCB, it’s really based on those who are part of the industry. And it will be difficult to find anybody who has no other affiliation in any other network."
Gayunman, tinanggap pa rin ni Chairperson Poe Llamanzares ang pag-inhibit ng mga naturang panel members.
Ito ang kanyang kabuuang statement na nailathala sa website ng MTRCB:
"In today’s hearing of the case against Willing Willie about the child abuse incident in its 12 March 2011 episode, counsel for respondent Associated Broadcasting Company (ABC TV5) raised the issue of alleged impartiality of the members of the Board’s Hearing and Adjudication Committee.
"Even as I affirm the integrity of the Members of the Hearing and Adjudication Committee, I regretfully accept their voluntary inhibition in order to dispel any doubt as to their impartiality. Effective immediately, a new Hearing and Adjudication Committee is hereby constituted to determine the guilt or innocence of the respondents in this Willing Willie case.
"The change in the composition of the Committee is to assure the public that the Board will only be guided by established facts and the law in the disposition of this case. This is also to avoid any attempt to further delay the expeditious resolution of the case."
"(Sgd)MARY GRACE POE LLAMANZARES