GMA-7 shelves TV show amid 'tense atmosphere'

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 30 2012 01:19 PM | Updated as of Sep 30 2012 09:19 PM

MANILA, Philippines – “Haram,” the upcoming television series of actor Dingdong Dantes and actress Kylie Padilla on GMA-7, has been temporarily been shelved by the network.

Actor Dingdong Dantes

This amid the growing tension because of the controversial anti-Islam film that has enraged Muslims across the country and across the world.

In a statement released Firday night, the network's management said they have decided to shelve “Haram” for now “because of the current tense atmosphere all over the world and in solidarity and in respect to the entire Muslim Community.”

“Haram,” which means forbidden, centers on the love story between a soldier, who is of Christian faith, and a Muslim woman. Their friendship and union, however, were not allowed because of their different religious beliefs.

Apart from this, “Haram” will also supposedly share the story of how a Muslim family “endeavor and strive to raise their children to be fitting and acceptable for Allah.”

“At the same time, the show aims to present the beautiful side and the dynamics of the Muslim family life in our contemporary times and the dynamics of religious and cultural pluralism, with the desire to promote better understanding and mutual respect among people of various faith traditions,” the network statement added.