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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Sep 7, 2020


ANGELICA PANGANIBAN leads industry denizens who quickly put their foot down on the proposal of the MTRCB to regulate streaming channels like Netflix and iFlix.

Many directors, writers and producers have also strongly expressed their resistance over the idea.

In her social media account, this is what Angelica wrote:  “Grabe na. Pati streaming gusto nang pakialaman. Papatayin niyo na talaga ang industriya.

"Inuna niyo ang free tv. Bukas pag gising natin, North Korea na ito. Tinatamaan ba kayo? Kasi masyadong malapit sa totoong buhay ang napapanood niyo?”

Angelica is about to start taping a new soap for ABS-CBN which is now seen online on digital channels. This is the new drama series titled “Walang Hanggang Paalam”, where she co-stars with Zanjoe Marudo, Arci Munoz and Paulo Avellino.

As usual, in these days of the new normal, they will do a locked in taping and their chosen location is Subic, where they will stay for two weeks.

Going back to the MTRCB proposal to regulate streaming sites, a director said this is just a ploy of MTRCB to gain back the revenue that they lost since there is no more movie industry now because of the lockdown.

He added that they surely lost a lot of the past income they used to generate from reviewing motion pictures and this undoubtedly affects their operations.

Meantime, many netizens feel that the MTRCB is now actually outdated because modern technology has overtaken it through the years. They cannot cope anymore with streaming, youtube, the internet, which are all just quite impossible to monitor.

As one netizen wrote: “The internet has made censorship obsolete. It’s now so easy to access even porn online and it’s available to everyone as there are so many sites for all kind of sexual orientations!

"Producers no longer produce sex movies because why would viewers pay to watch them in theaters when they can now watch X rated films for free. Has there been a noticeable rise in sex crimes since porn has become so prevalent since the advent of the internet?”

And another netizen wrote:

“The laws for censorship were made decades ago, when the world was young and more innocent so they're outdated. They should scrap it now as it has become useless and only a burden for industry people who are already so burdened and crying from so many problems including onerous taxes.”

What do you think, dear readers? Do we still need the MTRCB or not? Tell us your opinion.