Despite MTRCB’s 12-day suspension, It’s Showtime continues to air
IT’S SHOWTIME – The Kapamilya noontime program continued to air despite the 12-day suspension imposed by the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) on September 4, 2023.
During the September 5th episode of “It’s Showtime,” one of its co-hosts, Jhong Hilario, explained the reasons behind their continued broadcast despite the MTRCB’s decision. They clarified that they were allowed to remain on air because they intended to appeal the ruling made by the government agency, led by Lala Sotto.
Jhong explained, “Habang nakabinbin ang motion for reconsideration, ang desisyon ng suspensiyon ng programa ay hindi pa pinal at epektibo. Kaya sa ngayon ay patuloy niyo pong mapapanood ang ‘It’s Showtime.'”
It is important to note that the MTRCB had granted “It’s Showtime” the opportunity to file a Motion for Reconsideration within a 15-day timeframe. According to the MTRCB Charter under Presidential Decree (P.D.) No. 1986, respondents have the option to submit one Motion for Reconsideration (MR) within 15 days from the date they receive the decision. If the Board’s decision remains unfavorable after the MR, respondents can further appeal to the Office of the President within 15 days of receiving the MR decision.
The suspension stemmed from an incident during the show’s ‘Isip Bata’ segment, where program hosts Vice Ganda and Ion Perez were seen consuming a cake provocatively in the presence of several children.
In their official statement, the MTRCB also enumerated some of the violations committed by “It’s Showtime” throughout the year. This is not the first time that “It’s Showtime” has faced a preventive suspension order; in 2010, the MTRCB imposed a 20-day preventive suspension on the daily variety show when it was known as “Showtime.”