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MTRCB summons Vice Ganda, ABS-CBN shows GGV and Showtime


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MANILA, Philippines - The Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) summoned comedian Vice Ganda and staff of ABS-CBN shows “It's Showtime” and “Gandang Gabi Vice” (GGV) due to several complaints the agency has received during the past weeks.

MTRCB has ordered ABS-CBN to undergo "remedial and self-regulatory measures" for three months in relation to insulting scenes and words with double meaning on the two shows.

MTRCB on its Twitter account said that the 'armpit' humor which was aired live on July 28 is allegedly offensive, demeaning and not fit for very young viewers.

Vice Ganda on July 28 episode of 'Gandang Lalake'
Vice Ganda on July 28 episode of 'Gandang Lalake'
Vice Ganda wiped his sweaty armpits with a towel | It's Showtime
Vice Ganda wiped his sweaty armpits with a towel | It's Showtime

In the said episode, Vice Ganda wiped his sweaty armpits with a towel and used that on the face of one of the show’s male dancers codenamed 'Toyotot' during the “Gandang Lalake” portion of the show.

Vice Ganda on #Toyotot
Vice Ganda on #Toyotot


In the August 3 episode of GGV, Vice had actor Piolo Pascual and his assistant Moi Bien as guests. There were instances he used words that were either inappropriate or had double meaning.

WATCH: Piolo Pascual and Moi Bien on GGV (video courtesy of ABS-CBN Online)



In connection with this, the MTRCB has ordered ABS-CBN to no longer accommodate minors in the audience of "Gandang Gabi Vice," which airs taped episodes on Sundays.

The MTRCB also recommended that Vice Ganda and the staff of both programs should undergo a seminar about audience and child sensitivity.

ABS-CBN business unit head Reily Santiago accepted that they had a lapse on self-regulation and has apologized to those who may have been offended by Vice’s action on the show.

Meanwhile, ABS-CBN has assured MTRCB of its cooperation for the benefit of its audience as they are scheduled to submit self-regulatory recommendations on September 1.

The MTRCB earlier had Vice Ganda and ABS-CBN staff attend a dialogue with the Ateneo Human Rights Center and the National Counfil for Children's Television.

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