MTRCB suspends 'T3' for 3 months

By Alex Santos, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 30 2012 12:33 PM | Updated as of May 31 2012 05:56 AM

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) on Wednesday suspended the current affairs show “T3” aired on TV5, hosted by the Tulfo brothers, for three months.

The suspension was announced by the board through spokesperson Atty. Eugenio Villareal after a "thorough deliberation" by its adjudication board.

The suspension stemmed after Tulfo brothers Raffy, Erwin and Ben threatened actor Raymart Santiago and his wfie Claudine Barretto on national television after the brawl involving columnist Mon Tulfo at the Ninoy Aquino International Terminal 3.

The Santiago couple figured in a fight with the Tulfos' elder brother after the columnist allegedly took pictures of Barretoscolding two ground personnel of airline Cebu Pacific.

According to Villareal, the management or the show's producer can elevate their appeal to the Office of the President to ask for a motion for reconsideration.

Aside from the three-month suspension, the network was also asked to pay P100,000 fine.

The show will be under probation until the MTRCB finds it ready for airing.

TV5, however, called the ruling excessive.

"TV5 regrets the decision of the MTRCB and views it as an act in excess of its jurisdiction," it said in a statement.

"At this point, TV5 will turn to the Court of Appeals and seek judgment in its pending petition to enjoin the MTRCB from further enforcing the sanctions until definitive ruling is made on the issue of grave abuse of discretion committed by the censorship board," the network said.