Byline: Hern P Zenarosa
IT is all right that the language of the law is harsh and sounds unforgiving, but when some government functionaries use it with severe and vindictive undertones, it becomes almost like a moral deterioration.
"By virtue of the powers vested upon the undersigned by the law and the rules, you are hereby required toa[bar]" the letter proclaims, and to assert the vested powers, it warns that "No motion to dismiss will be entertained and no postponements will be granteda[bar]"
To dismiss what?
Anyway, it starts with a respectful, "Mesdames," but the rest rings very much like a steely court order that it is not; in fact, it is a letter to the Central CATV, Inc., and signed below the words, "Please be guided accordingly," by Ma. Consoliza P. Laguardia, Chairperson.
It was written under the letterhead Movie and Television Review and Classification Board.
So much for the bureaucratic highhandedness, but just the same, the board suspended the showing of TVE Channel, the Spanish cable television, over Channel 73 for Home Cable and Channel 81 for Destiny Cable.
I had written partly about this issue late last month on the complaint of some members of the Spanish circles here who feel cheated by the suspension of their subscription to the cable channel showing the TVE television program.
Since cable television is paid for, the classification board should have considered the implications of its cancellation to the thousands, probably millions, of cable subscribers.
If the MTRCB is correct that its members found some scenes objectionable and, therefore, should be censored, then only those particular films should have been banned and not the whole TVE Channel, as contained in the appeal of Philippine Cable Television Association President Tony V. Selda.
In its notice of suspension the MTRCB based its action on a TVE program aired at around 7 in the morning of December 5, 2005, a …