MANILA, Philippines -- “Showtime" host Vhong Navarro believes that Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) Chairman Consoliza Laguardia is not singling out their show even as the board decided to elevate to the Supreme Court its case against "Showtime."
In an interview with abs-cbnNEWS.com during the launching of his latest endorsement deal for Rough Rider Jeans (RRJ), Navarro said Laguardia didn't mean what she said. He added that Laguardia has nothing against the show and its hosts.
"Feeling ko parang nasabi na lang siguro 'yon ni Chairman. Kasi alam ko naman si Chairman ay nanonood ng 'Showtime' hindi para bantayan ang sinasabi kung hindi nag-e-enjoy siya habang pinapanood pa kami," Navarro said.
Recently, "Showtime's" resident judge Vice Ganda lashed out at Laguardia following the MTRCB chief’s admission that the agency would appeal to the Supreme Court.
This was after the Court of Appeals (CA) junked the MTRCB’s appeal seeking to reverse the appellate court's earlier decision to set aside a 20-day preventive suspension order it issued against the ABS-CBN afternoon program.
In dismissing the MTRCB's motion for reconsideration, the CA pointed out that the agency failed to present new arguments that would justify a reversal of its April 28 resolution.
Vice Ganda also reacted to Laguardia’s statement that the MTRCB would monitor him because of his double-meaning remarks on television.
On Wednesday, Vice Ganda and Laguardia have kissed and made up, the comedian announced.
"Nagpadala ng message sa akin si Chairman through Ogie (Diaz, his talent manager): love niya ako. Love din kita, Chairman Laguardia," Vice Ganda confirmed.
For Navarro, Vice Ganda's reconciliation with Laguardia was a good sign that everything will turn out okay.
"Kaya nga hindi ba mayroon pa doon nag-'I love you'-han sila ni Vice Ganda. So, it means parang wala namang galit talaga si Chairman sa amin. Nagkataon lang na nangyari ang issue na 'yon," he added.
The MTRCB’s case against “Showtime” stemmed from the controversial statements made by then guest judge Rosanna Roces on the show last January 7.
In the said episode, Roces uttered remarks that allegedly targeted teachers. Her remarks, which drew criticisms, prompted the network to remove her as a judge of the show.
The MTRCB then slapped “Showtime” with a 20-day preventive suspension, prompting the network to bring the case to the court.
ABS-CBN questioned the need for the MTRCB order, given its prompt action to remove Roces from the program.
Before the interview ended, Navarro extended his appreciation and love to Laguardia.
"Si Chairman ay mahal ko 'yan. So, sana ay maging maayos na talaga at tapusin na natin kung ano man ang naging issue sa atin. We love you, Chairman Laguardia," Navarro said.