‘Party Pilipinas’ put on probation over ‘lewd’ dance

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10:39 PM February 8th, 2013

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By: Tetch Torres, February 8th, 2013 10:39 PM

MANILA, Philippines—The Movie and Television Review and Classification Board has placed GMA-7’s “Party Pilipinas” on probation for six months over a “sexually charged” dance number, MTRCB chairman Eugenio Villareal said Friday.

Villareal said the board of censors also asked GMA-7 to apologize for the dance that featured Lovi Poe and Rocco Nacino simulating on bed what appeared to be a sexual act.

The MTRCB chief, in an interview over Radio Inquirer, said the board ordered the giant television network to issue a full screen video public apology to be aired at “Party Pilipinas” next episode Sunday.

“The same public apology shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation on or before February 9,” Villareal said.

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The musical variety show airs every Sunday from 11:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

While on probation, Villareal, quoting an MTRCB order issued February 7, said the program shall be placed on a per-episode basis, “which means that any violation of the MTRCB rules, laws, and regulations would mean placing the program off air without prejudice to other sanctions.”

“Concerned officials and personnel of the network responsible for the show, including but not limited to Jose MariAbacan (vice president for programming), Mark Reyes V (director of the program) and Lui Cadag (executive producer) shall undergo gender and development training under the supervision of the MTRCB no later than the end of March 2013,” the board order stated.

“This is meant to enable the program to effectively engage in self-regulation in terms of gender sensitivity,” he explained.

“The MTRCB wishes to express its appreciation over the candor, maturity and cooperation of GMA Network during the entire process,” Villareal said. With a report from Bayani San Diego, Inquirer Entertainment

Originally posted: February 8, 2013 | 8:24 am

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