MANILA, Philippines – The Movie Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) has added another classification for locally-released films.
In addition the current four ratings, the MTRCB on Wednesday announced that its film classification system now includes "R-16." The existing classifications are: "General” (G), “Parental Guidance” (PG), “R-13” and “R-18.”
"'Yung mga teenagers na 13 to 14 years old, iba na ang mga pag-iisip niyan sa 16 years old eh," outgoing MTRCB chairperson Grace Poe-Llamanzares told reporters on Wednesday, explaining that the addition of the intermediary rating was arrived upon after discussions with psychologists as well as filmmakers.
"Like, a first year high school student thinks differently from a senior in high school," added Poe-Llamanzares, who is running as senator in the upcoming 2013 mid-term elections.
"'Yung objective reasoning, hindi 'yun nabubuo until you're 21, that's why there’s a high suicide rate for those below 21 years of age," she added.
The daughter of the late film icon Fernando Poe, Jr. also noted the difference between "sex scenes" that can be shown in a film rated "R-16," as opposed to one with a rating of "R-18."
"Syempre pag R-18, halos wala nang restriction diyan. Sex can be more explicit, drug use can be a little bit more literal. But at least, we are assuming that the audience is already 18 years of age, so they can make the proper judgment," she said.
"Pero 'yung 16 meron ding mga sex scenes, but definitely not as literal as R-18," she added.
MTRCB officer-in-charge and Vice Chairman Emmanuel Borlaza, meanwhile, said filmmakers will benefit from the more diversified classification system.
"Ang ibig sabihin, ang mga direktor, producer and writers na may magagandang projects sa isip na hindi aangkop sa R-13 ay magkakaroon ng lakas ng loob ng gawing pelikula parin ang kanilang mga ideya nila," Borlaza said.
"Kasi ang R-18, ang tingin namin masyadong limitado ang publiko, dahil puro matured nga lamang eh. Kasi pag hanggang R-13 lang ang gusto mong kunin, may mga istorya ka paring hindi magagawa," he added.
According to the MTRCB, as with the existing film ratings, the advisory for "R-16" films will be shown before the screening of movies in cinemas.