THE Court of Appeals sustained its ruling nullifying the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board’s (MTRCB) suspension order against TV5’s “T3 Kapatid Sagot Kita” program hosted by brothers Raffy, Ben and Irwin Tulfo.
In a six-page resolution penned by Associate Justice Rosmari Carandang and concurred in by Associate Justices Ricardo Rosario and Danton Bueser, the CA’s former Sixth Division denied the motion for reconsideration filed by the MTRCB.
The cited television program was earlier suspended by the MTRCB for three months. It was also slapped with a fine of P100,000 after the Tulfos allegedly threatened showbiz couple Raymart Santiago and Claudine Barretto in connection with the couple’s brawl with the hosts’ elder brother, Ramon.
The CA said in the decision that there was no need for it to discuss and revisit other issues, “being [a]mere rehash of what [the court has]extensively discussed in its March 7, 2013 decision.”
In the ruling dated May 15, 2014, the CA said “petitioner’s (TV5) right to due process will be violated if [it]will merely adopt the [former findings]which were made on the basis of the evidence submitted . . . without making an independent determination based on the pleadings submitted . . . ”
The court said that TV5 never denied that the T3 hosts made the utterances.
“What it was questioning is the legality of the MTRCB’s determination that these utterances are objectionable and violative of Sec. 3(c) of Presidential Decree No. 1986,” the ruling stated.