Prime time gay-themed drama alarms bishops


Tom Rodriguez and Dennis Trillo. INQUIRER Bandera

MANILA, Philippines—GMA 7 has dared to tackle homosexuality on prime time TV via its drama series “My Husband’s Lover,” and the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) is not amused.

The CBCP, through its Episcopal Commission on the Youth (ECY), on Tuesday called for “more sensitivity” in the handling of an already sensitive subject matter.

In a report posted on, the commission’s executive secretary, Fr. Conegondo Garganta, pleaded with TV producers and writers to carefully study themes explored in their shows, and consider the impact of those themes on young viewers.

“My Husband’s Lover” is about the romance between two men, one of whom is married, with children.

Garganta said producers of programs such as this one should “keep in mind that our culture values morality.”

In a statement sent to the Inquirer on Wednesday, the network acknowledged CBCP’s “scrutiny,” but pointed out that the program deals with “real-life situations.”

The statement, signed by corporate communications consultant Butch Raquel, insisted that the series was being presented “with utmost prudence and good taste.”

In any case, GMA 7 vowed to comply with the standards of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) that gave the program an SPG (Strong Parental Guidance) rating.

Raquel took the opportunity to cite the show’s “high ratings” in its first two weeks, and thanked viewers for their support.

For now, the network seems to have found an ally in the MTRCB.

In a text message to the Inquirer, MTRCB Chairman Eugenio “Toto” Villareal said the SPG rating meant that the network was “subject to compliance with the law,” but that it was allowed self-regulation.

Villareal, however, said the public—parents especially—could “invoke the board’s jurisdiction,” should they catch “inappropriate” scenes that might defy the SPG rating.

Malacañang echoed this in a reaction to Garganta’s call. The Palace urged parents to immediately report to the MTRCB scenes in the series that they would find objectionable.

Raquel rallied another sector, viewers of the show who conduct “intelligent discussions… in all forms of media,” promising them that the network would continue to produce “relevant” programs.

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  • 2rey3

    If we do not react persistently, our next generations will be worse than animals which know that what is normal sexual relationship is between a woman with a man. How sad some of our fellow Filipinos always try to copy the Westerners including their mistakes. Money from the RH lobby can really make abominable things possible. But we better morally grounded Filipinos will prevail. Let this be a wake up call instead that we have to fight vigorously for our children and our families especially in politics where money counts a lot..

    • BCon

      The notion that straight people can be influenced to homosexuality is false. A heterosexual will always be heterosexual and a homosexual will always be homosexual no matter what. Another thing, how many novels and films have already been written on infidelity? Have we Christians already regarded infidelity as normal? And how can we not copy the west? They are more progressive than us, aren’t they? While the Philippines today is being called the “gates of hell”. (because of over, over population) Just saying.

    • peach black

      which cave have you been to all these years? Uso na iPhone, ‘teh! Napag-iwanan ka na ng panahon. You and your bigotry. Come out of the closet now na!

  • Chrisnadal19

    alarmed? coz it’s the truth hehe.. baka kc susundan ng My Father’s Lover.. mabubuking na ang paring bading.

  • Sarkasmos

    Buti nga hindi gumawa ang GMA ng “The Lovers of Father”. Kulang ang isang season sa dami ng mga sexual activities ng mga pari.

    • Saloi-CDR

      Oo ayaw ng mga Pari na may ibang lovers ang mga hubby ng mga Katolikong kababaihan; ang kanilang mga Papa ay para sa mga Pari lamang.

  • concern_netizen

    The Catholic Church always gets the flak because they are the only religious group in the country that is worth listening to. Christian pastors are so diversed and self-serving that only their followers bother to listen to them. Their opinions doesn’t matter at all!

    I just hope that those people critical of the Catholic hierarchy are not members of other religious sects. Otherwise, I seriously wonder what type of values they are inheriting from their self-righteous, self-appointed leaders.

  • Brax82

    Why don’t these HOMOSEXUALS make a TV show on how AWESOME it is to have HIV! Samahan na ng reality show that would tackle how proud and willing they are to SPREAD this disease. IT will be a sure HIT!

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