Naglabas ng official statement ang ABS-CBN noontime show na It’s Showtime kaugnay ng reklamo ng women's rights group na Gabriela.
Ito ay hinggil sa diumano’y tila “pimping” o pambubugaw ng programa kay Angelica Jane Yap a.k.a. Pastillas Girl para makahanap ng bagong pag-ibig sa isang segment ng show.
Sa segment na “Nasaan Ka, Mr. Pastillas?” ay may mga binatang nagpapahayag ng interes na makilala at makuha ang puso ni Angelica.
Kaugnay nito, nitong October 1, ipinatawag ng Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) ang top executives ng It's Showtime para sa isang pagpupulong sa October 13.
IT’S SHOWTIME RESPONDS. Nitong Huwebes, October 8, naglabas ng official statement ang It’s Showtime bilang tugon sa reklamo ng Gabriela, ayon sa ulat ng ABS-CBN News Online.
Inisa-isa sa nasabing official statement ang depensa nito kaugnay ng akusasyon ng Gabriela.
Binanggit sa pahayag na layunin ng show na matulungan si Pastillas Girl na makabangon pagkatapos ng failed relationship.
May mga magagandang aral din daw na ipinapakita sa nasabing segment, kagaya ng pagpapatawad at pagiging tapat.
Idiniin din ng programa na may kalayaan si Pastillas Girl na tumanggi kung ayaw na niya at kusang-loob daw siyang sumali sa show.
Sinabi rin sa pahayag na "hurtful, unfair, offensive" para sa mga kababaihang kagaya ni Pastillas Girl na imungkahing ibinubugaw siya ng programa.
Narito ang kabuuang official statement ng It’s Showtime:
"The intent of the show is to help Angelica in her journey to love and acceptance after recovering from a failed relationship.
"After hearing Pastillas Girl's story, a member of the studio audience named Topher declared his intent in getting to know her.
"Netizen Jess also expressed his feelings and flew all the way from Bacolod to ABS-CBN compound just to see her.
"Netizens Evan and Richard also went to the studio to personally meet Angelica.
"Nasaan Ka, Mr. Pastillas?' also shows the values of forgiveness, honesty, and being open to new possibilities.
"These were evident when Angelica and Enzo, her ex-boyfriend, got closure from their breakup after he showed up last September 19 on 'It's Showtime' to personally apologize to her for hurting her in the past.
"She also reconciled with her friend Karen, now Enzo's girlfriend, in an emotional reunion last September 25.
"Topher, one of Angelica's admirers, also patched things up with his ex-girlfriend, who came on the show last September 21 to discuss the problems that caused their breakup.
"All throughout, Angelica has the freedom of choice to do and reveal what she wants.
"She was never forced to do anything in the segment without her full consent.
"To protect her, the show also screens her admirers before making them appear in the show to check their intentions.
"Aside from that, 'It's Showtime' presents Angelica's story in such a way that the public understands her through her one-on-one interviews with Vice about her experiences, by bringing out Enzo and Karen, and by providing her the opportunity to voice out her own insights about love and life so she will not be prejudged based on her social media accounts and her viral video.
"...For people to suggest that 'the show is pimping Pastillas Girl' is not only unfair and irresponsible, but also hurtful and offensive to women like Angelica who has done nothing wrong but to share her story with the hope of getting another shot at love.
"Pastillas Girl may not have a perfect past. But she is now on her journey to finding a second chance at life.
"It's more than just finding a new love."