MANILA, Philippines - The chairman of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB), Grace Poe-Llamanzares, appealed to the public not to boycott the Metro Manila Film Festival entry of King of Comedy Dolphy.
"Huwag naman po ninyong i-boycott ang pelikula ni Manong Dolphy. Unang una siya ay haligi ng ating industriyang Filipino. At sa aking pananaw wala namang malisya,” Llamanzares said in an interview with “Showbiz News Ngayon.”
"Makikita naman natin sa kanyang kilos na kaagad agad niyang ginawan ng remedyo ang bagay na ito," Llamanzares added.
According to the MTRCB chairman, there was no formal complaint against “Father Jejemon.” Nonetheless, she said the MTRCB will do a second review of the film on Wednesday.
"Ito lang ang mabibigay ko na assurance kay Manong Dolphy at sa manonood na sa aming paggawa ng aming trabaho, gusto naming maging makatarungan at maging patas,” she said, adding:
"Kami po ay ginagabayan ng batas ng Pilipinas at kung ano ang nakasaad dito sa implementing rules and regulations ‘yon po ang aming susundin."
Critics, including senior Philippine church leaders, cried foul over a scene that showed a priest accidentally dropping the host between a woman's breasts as she received communion during mass.
Another scene showed the host getting snagged in the false teeth of a communicant, they said.
But the 82-year-old comedy king, whose real name is Rodolfo Quizon, said that while shooting the film, a priest was present to look over the script. -With Agence France-Presse