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MTRCB in Ryzza Mae’s corner

‘Children should not be treated like toys or pets,’ says chief Toto Villareal

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RYZZA Mae Dizon in a weepy moment during her recent birthday party. Photo by ARNOLD ALMACEN

“BATA pa po ako. Ate, ’wag ah, dahan-dahan [I’m still young. Don’t be too harsh on me].”

Child star Ryzza Mae Dizon made this appeal to a contest winner, who called her “landing bata (flirty kid)” in “The Ryzza Mae Show’s” August 14 episode.

A few weeks back, on July 29, “Eat Bulaga” host Vic Sotto spat juice in Ryzza Mae’s face in the segment “Ang Joke Ko.”

Chairman Eugenio “Toto” Villareal of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) said these two scenes “palpably violate the dignity of the child.”

A bit lucky

“We’re a bit lucky because Ryzza Mae has a high IQ, and she was able to express how she felt about the shabby treatment,” the MTRCB chief told the Philippine Daily Inquirer. “Other kids are not as expressive.”

He said the fact that the child star was “exposed to malicious and rude statements … imparted the notion that it was natural to utter slanderous and abusive statements against someone.”

In the second instance, Villareal found Sotto’s action “disturbing”  because, he said, [Ryzza Mae] was “exploited as she was ridiculed, humiliated and degraded by the act of the host.”

Villareal continued: “We want to emphasize that children between 1 and 8 years old are not yet capable of critical judgment. They are impressionable and still incapable of processing a joke as such. We’re aware that it was a joke, but kids watching the show may not be [as aware]. They may think it’s okay to spit in another person’s face, or for someone to spit in theirs.

Lapses acknowledged

The MTRCB head stressed, “Children “should not be treated like toys or pets.”

Coming to Ryzza Mae’s defense, the MTRCB summoned Tape Inc. (producer of the two programs) to a “mandatory conference [on Thursday for airing] scenes allegedly insensitive and unfriendly to children.”

During the meeting, Villareal said GMA 7 and Tape Inc. “acknowledged lapses” and promised to submit tomorrow “concrete and time-bound remedial measures … with adequate review and feedback mechanisms” to prevent their recurrence.

The network and the programs’ producer further agreed to “enter into a three-month period of closer collaboration” with MTRCB to ensure the airing of child-friendly scenes on GMA 7.

Very receptive

“In fairness to those who attended the conference, they were all very receptive,” Villareal told Inquirer. “A good part of the meeting was spent consulting our resource person, a child psychologist, on the best ways to protect the interest of the child.”

Dr. Vanessa Cainghug of the Philippine Psychiatric Association “gave inputs as to how to ensure the psychological well-being of the child host,” Villareal reported. “We discussed with its producers the best ways that the program could tell jokes without affecting young actors psychologically.”

Tape Inc. was represented by its president and CEO, Antonio P. Tuviera and SVP-COO Malou Choa-Fagar. GMA network VP for program management Jose Mari Abacan and legal counsel Jose Vener-Ibarra were also present.

“Of great concern is determining who will deal with Ryzza Mae in her scenes and how, such that her dignity and well-being as a child are not violated [pursuant to the Children’s Television Act of 1997],” Villareal said.

He added that he was very pleased with the result of the conference.

“The producers promised me that they were taking the matter seriously. The MTRCB intends to brief them, as well as producers of other shows with similar format, on the Children’s Television Act (or Republic Act No. 8370).”

Ryzza Mae became popular when she won the Little Miss Philippines title in 2012. Aside from “Eat Bulaga” and “The Ryzza Mae Show,” Dizon is also seen in the new sitcom “Vampire ang Daddy Ko.” She was in the cast of the 2012 fantasy-adventure film “Si Agimat, Si Enteng at Si Ako.”


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  • Guest

    Tapos na sisihin si GMA, sisihin ko naman si PNOY, tutulg tulog or nagtulogtulogan, Pa suspend pa daw projects nung kauupo pa ang july201o para review ang safeguards bago ma-release ang pondo ng DBm. Inabot 2011 bago itinuloy projects kasi piangsabihan ng IMF na dapat gumasts na pamahaaan dahi malaking tulog ang infrastructure sa econimiya ng sumigla. Pero what happened nag patuly nakawin ang kaba ng bayan trhu PDAF ng mga senadres and congresistang maiitim ang budi thru Napoles. At itoy nagpatuloy till 2012 ayun mismo sa COA. Now tell us Tuwid na Daan Minister, asan un safeguards na pinasasabi mo sa mga SONA mo huh?

    • Jo Celyn

      anong koneksyon nito sa article sa taas?

    • reca4520

      Naliligaw ka ata sir..

    • Guest

      uu nga ka kabila news dapat ito sorry po

  • bugoybanggers

    Mag buo ng CHANNEL na pang BATA lang. ika nga tulad Disney Channel for KIDS or Discovery Channel for KIDS. Yan ay maiiwasan natin ma exploit ang mga KIDS sa mga walang kwentang BASTOS o Baboy na Adult. Ang EB ay pwedeng sabihing PG pero kalimitan ang mga shows dito pang ADULT kaya wag naman sanang isama ang mga tulad ni Rissa na KIDS only show. GMA tama na yan, dapat may GMA-kiddie channel o Channel 7.5, dagdag kita rin yan.

    • Jake Lopez

      Ryzza should not be in the company of Wally, who recently had a sex video circulating, Vic who is a womanizer, Joey who openly stares at dancers’ butts then shakes his head .Ryzza has so much talent only to be wasted on shabby programs like EB, a program that often glorifies immorality and indecency.

  • eric_santiago1

    sorry, i can’t help but think of other children who are mired in child labor who really need protection. all this attention on ryza mae’s well-being is simply over the top in my opinion.

    • TheThinkker

      MTRCB handles mishandling of kids on TV, movies or similar formats. Mishandled kids in the homes, streets or institutions are handled by DSWD and/or the women’s desk at PNP.

      Hence, it is not over the top. It is relative to whose jurisdiction.

  • mrbuloy’

    child labor child labor’ bkit maibibigay nyo bng naibibigay nya ngaun sa mga kapatid at magulang nya? wag ung bata ang gisahin ninyo ung nag ha-handle sa bata. mas nakakaawa siguro yan qng wala yan jan ngaun at nag didildil ng asin kasama ang mga kapatid nya. kyo ba matutulungan nyo sila qng wla yan jan ngaun?. nganga di b?

  • j jdsfly

    Bakit ba kase pinagiinitan NG MTRCBC si ryzza ano ba yan di Lang naman sya ang batang bata na nag wowork SA industry na pinasok Nya. Tsaka scripted naman yun mga lines nila hay naku Malamang may naiingit.

  • disqus_ZrxaGjUzMQ

    DONT CRY BABY TAKE IT YOU ARE IN THE REAL WORLD — THERE IS NO ROOM IN CRYING — MORE OF THIS WILL GO ON UNTIL U QUIT OTHERWISE DONT CRY IN PUBLIC — BECAUSE CRYING IN PUBLIC DOES NOT DO ANY GOOD OR DONT HELP U AT ALL — DONT CRY OR JUST QUIT THATS YOUR ONLY CHOICE

    • Jose Jose

      She is being disgraced, and even celebrities deserve respect. And what do u mean by take it ur in the real world, don’t cry?? She’s a kid!!! And no, we can’t let it go on. Gotta deal with the issue while its there. Quiting ain’t the answer to all problems. What happened to keep trying?

      • disqus_ZrxaGjUzMQ

        what happened to keep trying then keep trying NOT TO CRY ON PUBLIC — PUBLIC DONT CARE IF THIS KID CRY ALL DAY – FILIPINO PUBLIC DONT WANNA SEE CRY BABY ON THEIR TV — WHAT A WASTE OF AIR TIME NOT TO MENTION PRODUCT ADVERTISERS DO NOT WANT TOO MUCH DRAMA ON TV

  • boybakal

    Eat Bulaga” host Vic Sotto spat juice in Ryzza Mae’s face in the segment “Ang Joke Ko.”

    What? Dinuran ni Vic Sotto yon bata….Apo na niya sa talampakan si Ryzza.
    Talagang si Vic tumatanda ng paurong….walang galang.

  • lufthansa49

    Ang babaw ng kaligayahan ng mga nanood ng ganitong shows



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