Philippine Television in the World of “Posts”

Mocha Uson's membership on MTRCB incited cringe and disgrace over social media.

Mocha Uson’s membership on MTRCB incited cringe and disgrace over social media.

(Requested by Bryan Calvin. If you’re him, please read the italics after the context.)

POST-TRUTH. That was the Oxford English Dictionary’s Word of the Year last year and we’re just getting started to live with it.

In post-truth, evidences, grievances, merits and morals no longer matter in shaping up policies and/or selecting people whether big as in a government or small as in a television network. Expect some neologisms ahead that begin with the prefix, post-.

Early this month, the social media was surprised when Mocha Uson became a board member of Movie and Television Review Classification Board (MTRCB).
While socmed mavens found the decision to sit in the board of censors unacceptable as showing a debt of gratitude to President Duterte, Palace mouthpiece Martin Andanar, pro-administration leaders and members of Congress — especially former MTRCB chair, now Senator Grace Poe — saw nothing wrong with the appointment.
The legal basis of board member appointment came from the middle paragraph of Section 2 of Presidential Decree No. 1986 (emphasis mine):
No person shall be appointed to the BOARD, unless he is a natural-born citizen of the Philippines, not less than twenty-one (21) years of age, and of good moral character and standing in the communityProvided, that in the selection of the members of the BOARD due consideration shall be given to such qualifications as would produce a multi-sectoral combination of expertise in the various areas of motion picture and television; Provided, further, That at least five (5) members of the BOARD shall be members of the Philippine Bar. Provided, finally, that at least fifteen (15) members of the BOARD may come from the movie and television industry to be nominated by legitimate associations representing the various sectors of said industry.
Like the Marcos burial in the Libingan ng mga Bayani that was handed down by the Supreme Court last November, it boiled down to legal technicality and less regard to moral objections and consequences. The “post-” behind this decision would be a post-moral government.
Her first order of business as a board member is to ban soft pornography — ironically, her day job before joining the presidential campaign and social media political bandwagon.
While some pornographic websites are recently blocked, two celebrities were alarmed over her proposal.
Ejay Falcon and Arci Munoz, fresh from the premiere of Star Cinema’s post-MMFF flick Extra Service, believed that it might “lose” their jobs. Both of them took part in the localized sexyserye Pasion de Amor that ended last year.
In the TV industry, the aforementioned case will spell big trouble for ABS-CBN; like Pasion de Amor, their longest drama strip every weekday is well known for too much  SPG ratings. Ironically, they have an ombudsman department; unlike our national government counterpart, it seems the conglomerate doesn’t seem to take action and accept the flow of the dough without knowing the dangers.
In the public Facebook group, PHTV Group, Muhammad Azim Shahid proposed instead to put it all sexy-themed teleseryes on late night like in Japan, South Korea and the United States. In the end — alas — it’s all just wishful thinking and noise and we can’t do anything about it as we’re swallowed by their system.
If you asked the Turf what “post-“ term will it best suit for the network’s decision making, it’s post-ethical.
Though Mocha’s tenure will last until September, this “post-” world ordeal will remain in the books; that said, they chose that to happen to bear the traumatic brunt at our expense.

My post-mortem: Next time, Bryan Calvin and to all Turfers, please be more detailed and specific for requests. VAGUE REQUESTS WILL NOT BE ENTERTAINED.


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