MANILA, Philippines - ABS-CBN's popular morning show "Showtime" is set to be back on air on Tuesday.
In a phone interview with abs-cbnNEWS.com, Mr. Bong Osorio, head of ABS-CBN Corporate Communications, confirmed that the network got hold of a temporary restraining order (TRO) from the Court of Appeals allowing the resumption of "Showtime" on January 19.
"Bukas na po (babalik ang 'Showtime'). May TRO effective for 60 days. The preventive suspension order against the program has been lifted," Osorio said.
"Showtime" was given a 20-day preventive suspension by the Movie & Television Review & Classification Board (MTRCB) due to controversial remarks made by actress Rosanna Roces against teachers. (link here)
ABS-CBN's official statement on the TRO says:
"Natanggap ng mga abogado ng ABS-CBN ngayong umaga ang resolusyon ng Court of Appeals dated January 15, 2010 na nagsasaad sa huling bahagi nito and we quote, "For reasons afore-stated, and as prayed for by petitioner, let a TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER be issued, as it is hereby issued, effective sixty (60) days from notice hereof, enjoining respondent MTRCB, including any and all persons acting in their behalf and under their command and authority, from continuing to enforce the Preventive Suspension Order dated January 11, 2010 issued against petitioner, pending the resolution of the instant petition." Ang ibig sabihin nito mapapanood na muli ang SHOWTIME sa dati pa ring oras simula bukas, January 19, 2010."
"Showtime" hosts Jugs Jugueta, Teddy Corpuz, Kim Atienza, Anne Curtis, Vhong Navarro, and resident judge Vice Ganda became emotional and cried after they announced the news on Monday that the country's hit talent show "Showtime" will be back.
The announcement was made during the latter part of "Magpasikat," a talent show that temporarily replaced "Showtime."
The cause of suspension
It was during the show of "Showtime" last January 7, when judge Rosanna Roces made controversial statements against the show's teachers and co-judge Vice Ganda.
In the episode, Roces described teachers as "repeaters," and encouraged students to be more critical thinkers.
"Huwag kayo makukuntento sa mga itinuturo ng libro at ng teacher. Kung magtatanong kayo, hindi masama iyon. Dahil ang mga teacher, they were just repeaters. Tinuturo lang nila kung ano ang itinuro sa kanila. Hindi na nila itinuturo kung ano ang gusto malaman ng mga bata," she said.
("If you ask questions, that's not bad. Because teachers, they're just repeaters. They just teach what was taught to them. They don't teach what children want to know.")
Her co-judge on the show, Vice Ganda, later reminded the audience that there are many teachers who are good at their profession, and that people should not generalize when they criticize the failures of educators.
Osang was removed from the show by ABS-CBN, but the show was still suspended
On January 8, the show announced that Roces had been removed as a judge of the show, as part of the network's self-regulation.
Despite this, the MTRCB still slapped "Showtime" with a 20-day preventive suspension.
The network then said it would question the need for the preventive suspension of the show since it had already removed Roces as judge.
"A preventive suspension is issued to stop further violations, if there were any committed, or for the interest or welfare of the public. Thus, the network questions the need for said preventive suspension when Rosanna Roces has already been removed from the program," an earlier statement released by the ABS-CBN Corporate Communications department said.
"Showtime is a highly entertaining show watched by many Filipinos. It helps promote and showcase the creativity and talent of kapamilyas nationwide, uplifts their spirit and provides opportunities to improve their lives," it added.
The cast and staff of the show said they were not given any notice of the suspension.