ABS-CBN’s reality show Pinoy Big Brother 737 is currently facing a complaint from the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) to its airing of alleged inappropriate content especially to young viewers.
In a letter dated June 29, MTRCB co-chairperson Ricardo Salomon Jr. has ordered PBB executives to attend a “developmental conference concerning children’s rights and protection."
This is to ensure that the teen participants of the show are not exposed to situations that may be harmful to their well-being.
MTRCB also expressed its concern over the possible negative impact of conveying such TV content to the avid teen fans of the show.
MTRCB further stated in its letter addressed to ABS-CBN executives: "We are writing because of the numerous feedback and complaints we have been receiving in connection with your television program Pinoy Big Brother 737 aired over ABS-CBN Channel 2, as well as over Sky Premium Chanoel 85;
“In this connection, and further to our developmental mandate to ensure that the best interest of the children are given primary consideration, we would like to invite you to a developmental conference on 09 ]uly 2015, at 2:00 p.m., at the MTRCB Adjudication Room, MTRCB Building, No. 18, Timog Avenue, Quezon City.
“In the said conference, we would like to know what safety measures you have in place so as to guarantee that no participant in your program is exposed to situations, challenges and experiences which may be prejudicial to his or her well-being or which may have a negative impact on the youth and other audiences who will be watching your show.”
Some of the PBB executives and production staff required to attend the meeting include ABS-CBN Business Unit Head Raymond Dizon, Cynthia Jordan, Merce Gonzales, Charmaine Estrera, Jon Hall, Marcus Vinuya, Matthew Salegumba, and Marpua Engking.
Although MTRCB’s letter did not cite specific PBB episodes that warranted “numerous complaints,” one of the much-talked about happenings inside Big Brother’s house include the blooming romance between teen housemates Bailey May Thomas, 12, and Barbie Imperial, 16, within a week after the show started.
The behavior of teen male housemates Bailey and Kenzo Gutierrez also drew attention after the two were seen holding hands, hugging, and kissing each other recently.