"The Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) reassures the public that it will continue to uphold due process and fairness in the discharge of its regulatory mandate and quasi-judicial function, as provided by law.
"In each adjudication proceeding, the Board ensures that respondents are accorded due process and exercise their right to a fair trial. Through the Agency’s Hearing and Adjudication Committee, respondents are given the opportunity to present their case and submit position papers, which are deliberated upon by the said Committee. After considering the merits of the case, the Committee recommends to the Board its final decision for affirmation.
"Last 17 August 2023, a special board meeting was held to address multiple adjudicated cases, including the 25 July 2023 episode of "It's Showtime." On 29 August 2023, during its regular board meeting, the Board unanimously voted on the suspension of the said program. This decision was made with careful consideration of prior warnings and offenses associated with the show. Chairperson Lala Sotto inhibited from voting, ensuring that members of the Board exercised their independent judgment in determining the appropriate course of action.
"Despite the imposition of the penalty, respondents have the right to file a Motion for Reconsideration (MR) within fifteen (15) days after receipt of the decision. Should the respondents find the Board’s decision on the MR unfavorable, they may choose to appeal to the Office of the President within fifteen (15) days from the receipt of the decision on the MR.
"The order suspending the show shall only take effect after the lapse of the aforementioned periods without the respondents having filed their MRs or appeals."