14 Jul Eat Bulaga Officials Summoned by the MTRCB Following Tito Sotto’s Remarks in “Juan For All, All For One” Segment
After receiving complaints in social media regarding Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto III’s controversial remarks in Eat Bulaga’s segment “Juan For All, All For Juan” which was aired last July 9, 2016, the executives of the show were summoned by the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB).
As can be read in a memo dated July 11, Eugenio “Toto” Villareal, MTRCB chairman, said that Tito Sotto’s remarks was “alleged to be insensitive to women”. Also, the said memo mentioned that the Parental Guidance (PG) classification which was given to the program by the MTRCB, also, “norms of gender sensitivity under the law” – specifically according to the Republic Act 9710, Section 16 or the Magna Carta of Women.
And on July 21, a conference was scheduled by the board inviting the representatives of TAPE and of the GMA Network.
Meanwhile, Sotto sent Rappler a text message which reads, “Watch [the] episode. Some netizens who commented did not even watch it,” and that “It was a simple reaction saying that a married lady should not be out at night having shots with men other than her husband.”
“Talagang mapapagbintangan ka. That’s [the] context. What’s wrong with that?” Sotto added.
“It’s a welcome development if MTRCB looks into [the] matter. They will see that I was merely moralizing for the protection of [the] institution of marriage. Thanks for [the] heads up,” Sotto said and that he approves the MTRCB dialogue with Eat Bulaga executives.
The Controversial Remarks
During the July 9 episode of Eat Bulaga’s “Juan For All, All For Juan” segment, its winner shared an incident where she asserted that a male friend had taken advantage of her while being drunk. Sotto then gave his words saying that woman shouldn’t have been drinking in the first place.
“Kasalanan ng lahat ng yan ng pag-inom… Kababaeng mong tao pa-shot shot ka,” said Sotto. Followed by co-host Jose Manalo’s statement, “Anong suot mo? Naka-shorts ka no?”
The viewers didn’t agree with the said remarks and expressed it on social media which is for them, a case of “victim-blaming” and “promoting rape culture” as well as misogynism on the part of Sotto. However, the TAPE officials haven’t yet commented on the matter.