Nagbigay na ng opisyal na pahayag ang ABS-CBN ngayong araw, November 5, tungkol sa pagtatawag ng Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) ng isang meeting sa pamumuno ng chairman na si Atty. Toto Villareal.
Tungkol ito sa controversial love scene nina James Reid at Nadine Lustre sa primetime series na 'Til I Met You.
Sa panayam ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) kay Atty. Villareal kahapon, November 4, na-appreciate nila ang self-regulation na ginawa ng ABS-CBN nung naglagay ito ng "SPG" rating para sa October 25 episode.
Kinumpirma rin ng Atty. Villareal na ito ay ipinaalam sa kanila ng Kapamilya network bago inere ang nasabing episode.
Ito rin ang sinabi sa press statement ng ABS-CBN na natanggap ng PEP mula sa Corporate Affairs and PR Head na si Kane Choa.
Ipinaliwanag ng Kapamilya network na nais nilang maging makatotohanan ang eksena para maipakita kung ano ang consequences ng pagpasok sa isang mapusok na relasyon gaya ng sa mga karakter na ginagampanan nina Nadine at James sa kanilang soap.
Hiniling din ng Kapamilya network sa kanilang mga viewers na huwag sanang i-"take out of context" ang nasabing episode.
Narito ang buong press statement ng ABS-CBN:
"The Movie and Television Review and Classification Board [MTRCB] earlier issued an invitation to the directors and producer of Till I Met You to a conference for them to explain some scenes to address certain viewer concerns.
"MTRCB posted the invitation online, which attracted social media discussion.
"Prior to the airing of the questioned episode last Oct 25, the producers, by way of self-regulation pursuant to MTRCB policy and practice, did send a letter to the MTRCB informing them that the episode will bear the classification of SPG [Strong Parental Guidance] because of the sensitive material involved.
"The intent of the episode to show certain sensitive scenes was to make viewers aware not only of the consequences of young and reckless love but also how impulsive acts of this kind of love occur in real life.
"There are lessons to be learned where decisions are made on impulse. We hope that the program will be appreciated in its entirety and some scenes not taken out of context.
"Rest assured that the program executives will participate in the conference requested for by the MTRCB on Nov. 10."