Culture

“Laguardia” of Morality and Status Quo

Kamakailan ko lang nalaman na ang pangunahing dahilan pala ng pagkakalikha sa MTRCB (sa bisa ng Presidential Decree 1986) ay para bantayan ang mga pelikula at palabas sa telebisyon laban sa subersibong (o kontra-gobyernong ) nilalaman. Kung gayon, higit sa pagiging tagapagbantay ng moralidad sa pelikula at telebisyon ang MTRCB – isa itong hayagang instrumento ng panunupil at pagbubusal sa mga gustong magsalita kontra sa kaasalukuyang kaayusan. Ito ang section 3 ng PD 1986, hinggil sa mga kapangyarihan ng MTRCB:

“Section 3. Powers and Functions (of the MTRCB):

c) To approve, disapprove, delete objectionable portions from and/or prohibit the importation, exportation, production, copying, distribution, sale, lease, exhibition and/or television broadcast of the motion pictures, television programs and publicity materials subject of the preceding paragraph, which, in the judgment of the BOARD applying contemporary Filipino cultural values as standard, are objectionable for being immoral, indecent, contrary to law and/or good customs, injurious to the prestige of the Republic of the Philippines or its people, or with a dangerous tendency to encourage the commission of violence or of a wrong crime, such as but not limitied to:

i) Those which tend to incite subversion, insurrection, rebellion or sedition against the State, or otherwise threaten the economic and/or political stability of the State…” (highlights mine)

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