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TV5’s Latest Letter to the MTRCB

The Kapatid Network promises reforms to avoid the controversial March 12 episode of Willing Willie to happen again.

Below is the letter sent by TV5 to MTRCB on April 4, 2011:

HON. GRACE POE LLAMANZARES
Chairman
Movie and Television Review and Classification Board

Dear Chairman Llamanzares:

We wish to thank the MTRCB for giving us an opportunity to be heard and for withholding judgment on our network, the producers and Mr. Willie Revillame until after due process is observed. While many comments have been made on the controversy, it is important for us to establish the facts and circumstances surrounding the incident. For this reason, our network is currently conducting a thorough investigation on the matter.

As Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of TV5, I have been tasked to lead the investigation together with our Chief Legal Counsel and newly appointed Internal Ombudsman, Atty. Christine C. Ona. We wish to inform the Board that we are now in the final stages of the investigation. We humbly request, however, that we be given a few more days to complete and prepare our report to the Board on the said investigation. In the meantime, we hope you will allow us to quickly recount what we have done so far.

Last March 28, we expressed our sincere and deep apologies for the segment of “Willing Willie” featuring the 6 year-old Jan-Jan Suan which viewers may have found offensive or in bad taste. We wish to reiterate that the program was conceptualized to provide wholesome entertainment, bring hope and shine the spotlight on ordinary Filipinos. We provide the participants a venue to show their talents, share their stories, express their messages and make their dreams come true. It is not our desire to humiliate, abuse or take advantage of any participant in the program.

Beyond issuing an apology, we immediately implemented the following measures:

1. Caused the preparation of stricter guidelines on the appearance and performance of minors, particularly children, on all TV5 programs.

2. Required that all “Willing Willie” auditions as well as auditions of other TV5 programs be supervised by TV5 representatives designated by the TV5 Ombudsman.

3. Appointed an internal Ombudsman to review any incidents of this nature and to whom any complaints may be referred for immediate disposition.

4. Imposed a moratorium on the participation of minors in all contests and game shows on TV5 until such time that the preceding measures are fully in place.

Additionally, we have created our Standards Compliance Group to formulate and periodically review our network’s new broadcast standards and policies, as well as monitor compliance therewith. The Standards Compliance Group shall consist of two units—the Standards Advisory Board and the Compliance Unit.

The Standards Advisory Board shall be chaired by TV5’s Chief Operating Officer and shall include a psychologist, a creative director, and a children’s communications expert. As of today, Ms. Feny Bautista, the president of the Philippine Children’s Television Foundation and Dr. Camille Garcia, a child psychologist of the DOH-licensed Clinic of the Holy Spirit, have accepted our invitation to be part of the said board.

The Compliance Unit shall be headed by the TV5 Ombudsman and composed of at least ten monitoring and compliance officers. They shall have authority to review all programs, plugs and other non-program materials aired on TV5, as well as on AksyonTV, Radyo5 and Sports5.

We are taking positive action, not only to prevent the occurrence of any similar incident, but to uplift our standards especially with respect to children and minors. With the steps we are taking, we hope to be the least frequent visitor to the MTRCB among the major networks.

As for Jan-Jan, we wish to tell the Board that our network, with the approval of his parents, has engaged a team of psychologists to attend to the boy’s needs.

Finally, TV5 reaffirms its commitment to responsible broadcasting. We wish to assure the Board that we are not taking the incident lightly and we will be taking appropriate action after our investigation is completed. We join the Board in its concern for upholding contemporary Filipino cultural values; hence we are extending our full cooperation to the MTRCB in the performance of its mandate.

Very truly yours,

ROBERTO V. BARREIRO
Executive Vice President and COO

16 Comments on TV5’s Latest Letter to the MTRCB

  1. walang masama sa ginawa ng bata ang masama ay ang mga taong nanonood na mapang-husga,sana naman paluwangin natin ang ating pang-unawa at kaalaman,tanungin natin sa sarili natn,ng-cocoment ako ito ba napapanood ko sa youtube,hnd kaya edited ito?sana itanong nyo yan sa sarili nyo at higit sa lahat sana itanong nyo rn hnd kaya pinalaki lng ng isang network ito na galit ky willie,think twice mga kapatid mga kapuso at mga kapal-milya..

  2. mataas kc ang lipad..kala niya sa kanya na lahat at kaya niya kahit sino..karma ang tawag dyan…d kawalan na mawala ka sa tv2…mayabang!!!!

  3. ayan ang nangyari sa kayabangan ni willie lalo na yung ginawa nya kay john estrada and randy santiago bumalik sa kanya. pinapanood ko din ang HYY kc hindi nila minamaliit yung mga ibang staff dun.si willie noon pinahiya nya si chokoleyt.
    gumaganda na ang HYY. ang hindi magrerate yung willing willi. babagsak yung show ni willie.mahirap kc yung naglalait ng kapwa

  4. romy reyes@yahoo.com // April 7, 2011 at 8:34 am //

    Attention TV5. You are now starting to have a problem with your host Willie – b–tos. If I were you, and if you want your station to be entertaining, terminate his services irrevocably otherwise we here in TFC will totally ban whatever show you have in TV5. Your host, will bite your feeding hands like what he did at ABS for sure.

  5. Dapat ang title ng TV show ni Cristy Fermin ay STARLET CONFESSIONS instead of Star COnfessions kasi di naman sikat ang mga artistang featured niya. Pati yung finalist ng Talentadong Pinoy ay pinatulan nya. Sabagay, sino naman ang pwede nya i-feature, eh lahat ng artista sa TV5 ay mga laos na nagsilipatan dahil walang career sa ABS at GMA. Ha, ha, ha……..

  6. FARTY FELIPENAS GOZON // April 6, 2011 at 11:06 pm //

    ADVERTISERS PULLING OUT OF WILLIE’S SHOW

    Jolibee Foods decided to withdraw its Mang Inasal ads from “Willing Willie” because of public opinion against the Janjan Suan macho dancing controversy. Their official statement on its FB account said that Jollibee Foods (which also operates Red Ribbon, Chowking and Greenwich, among others) “remain committed to the upholding of the welfare of children.” The Commission on Human Rights and Department of Social Welfare already condemned the episode. The FB group Para Kay Janjan (Shame on You Willie Revillame) is among those who urged advertisers to pull out their placements from Willie’s show to express their protest. What Jollibee did elicited positive comments from various sectors praising their quick decision, unlike other companies who refuse to take action on the matter. The Philippine Association of National Advertisers (PANA) said the letter about “Child Abuse on Willing-Willie’s Show” has been forwarded to their member companies. If this would snowball further among other advertisers, Willie has reason to get really worried.

  7. di ba kasama sa authority and discretion ng tv5 ang utusan si will na humingi ng public apology?????????????? para yatang di nyo kayang utusan si will,if u wer sorry then prove it,make him apologized publiclly // April 6, 2011 at 10:48 pm //

    yan ang first step,kc if hingi kayo ng hingi ng sorry e sya hindi naman,ni remorse nga wala,,,parang contradicting ang stand nyo……………..

  8. FARTY FELIPENAS GOZON // April 6, 2011 at 10:39 pm //

    TAMA, DI HAMAK NA MAS MAGANDA NAMAN ANG HAPPY YIPEE YEHEY KESA DUN SA PROGRAMA NG GAGONG SI WILLIE SA SINGKO…

    HYY IS GETTING BETTER EVERYDAY, KANINA NA LANG SA IKAW ANG BIDA, ASTIG, SEGMET LANG YUN PERO DINUMOG SI PRATTY SA PORT AREA MANILA…

    PARANG ASAP ROCKS CEBU HUH…
    ANG SARAP MAGING KAPAMILYA…

  9. HAPI YIPI YEHEY ANG PINAPANOOD KO. AT, NAG-EENJOI AKO.PRAMIS! KAKAIBA KASI.

  10. Tama!Nanonood din ako ng HYY! Mas maganda pa yun!

  11. Kahit papano, ok na rin pala na sa Happy Yipee Yehey ako nanonood, kahit mababa ang ratings namin wala kaming mga aberya 🙂

  12. alex g: tv5's studio audiences, hinakot from squatters area, how cheap. // April 6, 2011 at 8:48 pm //

    tv5… a gma7 in the making, so stupid.
    🙁 😕 😉 🙂 😛 😀 😎

  13. alex g: Child Exploitation & Humiliation c/o willie, Exposing Family Problems on Nat'l TV c/o face to face, Back-fighting & Backstabbing c/o of juicy & paparazzi. etc.. nice MVP. // April 6, 2011 at 8:47 pm //

    😎

  14. alex g: MVP & TV5 considered the profit willie will bring other than the disgrace he will give to our society, so stupid.. // April 6, 2011 at 8:45 pm //

    The willingness of Jan-Jan’s parents to expose him in a humiliating & degrading situation is child abuse.
    😎

  15. alex g: A scared little boy, a humiliating dance, a wildly cheering audience. Bravo Pilipinas! Clap! Clap! Clap! // April 6, 2011 at 8:44 pm //

    An exploitation of the child’s innocence and demeans his inherent dignity for entertainment’s sake.
    😎

  16. alex g: Mang Inasal suspends ads on Willing Willie; Oishi calls Jan-Jan incident "regretful". // April 6, 2011 at 8:44 pm //

    kawawang tv5, nag-uumpisa pa lang, problema agad pasalubong ni willie.
    😎

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