- Senator Bong Revilla today appealed to President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos to take a second look at the Movie Television Review and Classification Board’s junking of “It’s Showtime’s” petition to lift its suspension
- In a statement appealing to the office of the president, Sen. Revilla cited the plight of numerous workers that is in danger of being deprived of their means of livelihood for almost two weeks
- He said that the show’s workers, “who had nothing to do with the cited reason why the show was suspended,” are under a ‘no work, no pay’ scheme, thereby depriving them of the means to earn for several days
- The legislator also expressed his belief that “lessons have been learned” from what happened
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Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Jr., today appealed to the Office of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos,” to review the decision of the Movie Television Review and Classification Board in junking the petition of “It’s Showtime” to lift its suspension.
A report by GMA News quoted the legislator citing the plight of numerous workers who are in danger of being deprived of their means of livelihood for twelve days.
He said that the government’s regulatory body should also consider the welfare of the show’s staff and crew who are innocent.
“Without getting into the merits of the case, the MTRCB should be able to consider the welfare of all the staff and crew [working in the show] who had nothing to do with the cited reason why the show was suspended,” the statement of Sen. Revilla, as quoted by GMA News, read.
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The Inquirer News also quoted Sen. Revilla as citing the ‘no work-no pay’ scheme of the noontime show.
“Sila yung mga ‘no work-no pay’ na kung matutuloy ang suspension ay dalawang linggong walang kikitain at kakainin,” the Inquirer News quoted Sen. Revilla.
“I think lessons have been learned,” the legislator reportedly said.
Meanwhile, Abante News also quoted Sen. Revilla as saying that the mistake of “Juan” is not the fault of “Pedro.”
“Kung nagkaroon man ng pagkakamali, ang kasalanan ni Juan ay hindi kasalanan ni Pedro. So, I hope we don’t punish those working hard day in-day out just to eke out a living,” Abante News reported, quoting the legislator.
Last year, the legislator also voiced out his opinion regarding the controversy surrounding one of "It's Showtime" hosts, Vhong Navarro and Deniece Cornejo. Revilla said if Vhong is guilty of the rápε charges filed by Deniece, then the latter needs to face the consequences. If Navarro is innocent, Revilla said that it is unfair for the comedian to suffer behind bars. He also expressed his desire for the case to proceed quickly so that the controversy can be quickly resolved.
More recently, Senator Bong and his wife, Lani Mercado, shared photos on Instagram of their visit at the wake of their friend, Ethel Ramos. The entertainment columnist and talent manager recently died at the age of 87. Revilla and his wife were visibly emotional while viewing the remains and sprinkling holy water on the coffin.
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