Online petition against 'Till I Met You' filed after airing JaDine's pre-marital sex scene

Online petition against 'Till I Met You' filed after airing JaDine's pre-marital sex scene

- The airing of JaDine's first love scene from 'Til I Met You' was met with a mix of cheers and boos from its followers

- One group called Filipinos For Life filed an online petition at ipetitions.com urging MTRCB to review the October 25 episode of the show and award an SPG rating instead of the current PG rating

- As of press time, the petition has 1073 signatures and 3 shares

The first sex scene of one of the Philippines' most promising love teams, JaDine, aired on Tuesday, October 25, were met with a mixed of cheers and boos from Filipino citizens.

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Controversial sex scene from Til I Met You, aired on October 25

While a lot of the viewers of the popular TV series 'Til I Met You' expressly felt shiver of delights due to the romantic encounter by the couple, a group of "concerned Filipino citizens" expressed disgust towards the 'problematic' scene by filing a petition entitled, Urge MTRCB to take action on ABS-CBN for showing simulated sex on TV.

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According to Filipinos For Life, the proponent of the petition which calls on to Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) to penalize 'Til I Met You', the show has violated three provisions for shows with PG (Parental Guidance) rating.

The petitioners also urge MTRCB to review the show and award an SPG (Strong Parental Guidance) rating to encourage a more vigilant parental guidance.

The petition listed the violations as follows:

1. THEME – More serious issues may be tackled but the treatment must be suitable to children below thirteen (13) years old.
3. NUDITY – Occasional natural nudity, with no sexual activity, is permissible.
4. SEX – Graphic depiction of sexual activity shall not be permitted. Sexual activity may be implied but with no details shown.

If you have not yet seen the petition or are interested in it, it is available at ipetitions.com.

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Read the petition in full text here:

Atty. Eugenio "Toto" H. Villareal
Chairman
Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB)
Dear Atty. Villareal:
Filipinos for Life, together with other concerned Filipino citizens, would like to request that the MTRCB look into an episode of the ABS-CBN show, "'Til I Met You", which was aired on 25 October 2016 evening, wherein the show's young actors, James Reid and Nadine Lustre, were made to simulate sexual intercourse in the backseat of a car. In the scene mentioned, "Iris" - the character portrayed by Lustre - was obviously hesitant to engage in sex, but "Basti" - the character portrayed by Reid - reassured her that he loved her and that she should have nothing to worry about. "Iris" eventually gave in. The two engaged in a liplock, undressed each other, and had sex. This scene is problematic for several reasons, and we believe it had also violated some provisions in MTRCB's 2004 Implementing Rules and Regulations.
According to Section 2C of MTRCB's 2004 Implementing Rules and Regulations, an SPG-rated TV show "must still fall within the parameters of existing Parental Guidance classification rating. However, to merit the issuance of an 'SPG' rating, the gravity of the material must, in the judgment of the BOARD, be leaning towards the maximum allowable for Parental Guidance rating."
Since an SPG-rated show, like "'Til I Met You", should still fall within the parameters of existing PG classification rating, the aforementioned scene had clearly violated three provisions under Section 2B or the criteria for PG-rated shows, namely:
1. THEME – More serious issues may be tackled but the treatment must be suitable to children below thirteen (13) years old.
3. NUDITY – Occasional natural nudity, with no sexual activity, is permissible.
4. SEX – Graphic depiction of sexual activity shall not be permitted. Sexual activity may be implied but with no details shown.
As described earlier, the scene being complained about involved the two actors showing nudity with sexual activity, thus violating Section 2B numbers 3 and 4 of MTRCB's IRR. Apart from this, the show also violated Section 2B number 1, as it sentimentalized pre-marital sex. Simulating pre-marital sex (and even romanticizing it) on primetime television is not only unsuitable, but even harmful to very young people. It sends the wrong message to young women that men using them for sex, but with the promise of "love", is acceptable and even romantic. It also sends the wrong message to young men that it is right for them to push their limits when it comes to physical intimacy, even if the woman is clearly uncomfortable with their advances. Not to mention, the scene also goes against the "contemporary Filipino cultural values", which the MTRCB has been mandated to protect (Presidential Decree No. 1986).
We hope that you would look into this matter and take the necessary action as you see fit.
Thank you and God bless!
Sincerely,
The Signatories of this Petition

As of press time, the petition already has 3 shares and 1073 signatures, most of which had come from the Philippines.

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The sex scene being requested to be penalized can be seen here:

These petitioners, most of whom are probably parents whose sacrifices their children usually never notice, only have the youth's best interest in mind.

Watch this video and learn to appreciate the people who cares about your best interests despite the bashing and negative thoughts we all love to harbor against them.

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