DSWD Secretary Soliman on the MTRCB suspension of “Willing Willie,”

Statement of Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman:
On the one-month suspension by the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) of the primetime gameshow “Willing Willie”
[Released on May 3, 2011]
In the afternoon of May 2, 2011, the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) released a 14-page decision, imposing a one (1) month suspension on the primetime gameshow “Willing Willie”. The suspension is a penalty for the show’s March 12 episode, which showcased a six-year old boy who was made to dance provocatively, as the host and the audience cheered in laughter.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) welcomes the decision of the MTRCB, especially on the premise of TV5’s admission of lapses on their part. In line with this, DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said that “It is important that the MTRCB recognized that something wrong was done during that particular episode of Willing Willie. It strengthens the effort to review and tighten existing guidelines for children who appear on television as talents and/or as contestants in talent shows.”
This affirms our advocacy for the protection of the rights of children, including those who are part of the entertainment industry. The DSWD is committed to pursue its mandate to ensure the protection and promotion of the rights and welfare of children everywhere.