BINATIKOS ng mga miyembro ng Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) ang mga pagbabanta sa buhay ni Chairman Lala Sotto na pinaniniwalaang may kaugnayan sa suspensyon ng afternoon show na “It’s Showtime.”
Sa isang pahayag, sinabi ng MTRCB na nakalulungkot ang ginagawang pag-atake ng ilang netizens sa kanilang chairman na may halo pang pagbabanta sa buhay ni Sotto.
“Over the past weeks, we have experienced an unfortunate surge in threatening messages on our official social media pages, including explicit rape and death threats directed at Chairperson Lala Sotto,” sabi ni MTRCB vice chairman Niel de Mesa.
Nag-aalala ang mga opisyal sa mga ganitong banta, lalo’t buhay na ni Sotto ang nakataya.
“Chairperson Lala Sotto is a dedicated public servant who has spent her career advocating for responsible and inclusive media content.
She has consistently championed the importance of media content that respects cultural sensitivities while contributing positively to the Philippine entertainment industry,” dagdag pa ni De Mesa.
“No Filipino deserves such kind of unfounded personal attack. We must not resort to personal attacks because our agency is just doing its mandate.
We are happy that our Chair is very active in discharging the functions of our office based on existing laws,” wika naman ni MTRCB Executive Director II Atty. Mamarico Sansarona Jr.
Anila, kinikilala ng MTRCB ang kahalagahan ng ‘constructive criticism’ at bukas sila para sa dialogue, ngunit kinokondena nila ang mga pananakot, harassment at anumang banta sa seguridad ni Sotto–offline man o online.
“The MTRCB remains steadfast in its mission to ensure that television and movie content aligns with the cultural values and norms of the Philippines.
We continue to encourage constructive dialogue with the public, emphasizing the importance of civil discourse and responsible criticism,” pagtatapos pa nila.