The new controversy over GMA Network’s gay themed teleserye My Husband’s Lover may just boost its ratings even higher.
On Wednesday, GMA News Online quoted Catholic radio station Radyo Veritas’ report where the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on Youth (CBCP-ECY) urged TV networks to scrutinize the topics of their programs based on Philippine culture and moral values.
CBCP-ECY’s Executive Secretary Fr. Kunegundo Garganta had said, “Malaking pag-aaral ang dapat na gawin sa mga bagong teleserye, tulad ng ‘My Husband’s Lover’ na sana maisa-alang-alang na nasa isang bansa tayo na mayroong kultura na pinapahalagahan ang usaping moral o mga bagay na saklaw ng moralidad.”
Defending its Drama Group’s , GMA Network duly issued a statement through its corporate communication’s consultant Butch Raquel, which countered:
“GMA Network welcomes the scrutiny of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) of our primetime program My Husband’s Lover. We believe that our program while tackling sensitive real-life situations is produced with utmost prudence and in good taste. The Movie and Television Review and Classification Board or MTRCB has given the program an SPG (Strong Parental Guidance) rating and GMA is committed to comply with all its standards.
“We would like to thank all the viewers of ‘My Husband’s Lover’ for supporting our program not just by watching it but via intelligent discussions and comments in all forms of media. The Kapuso Network is pleased with the high ratings that ‘My Husband’s Lover’ has achieved in its first two weeks and would like to assure the Filipino audience that we will continue to produce relevant and entertaining programs.”
The show’s Facebook face further posted a photograph showing the hands of lead actors Tom Rodriguez and Dennis Trillo locked together. It carried the caption, “Stop the hate. Love.”
My Husband’s Lover, which premiered on June 10 on GMA Network’s prime time block is credited as the first gay-themed series on Philippine television. Created and developed by Suzette Doctolero and directed by Dominic Zapata, it tackles sensitive yet current social issues including homosexual and bisexual relationships, homophobia and discrimination, and of course, infidelity.
Carla Abellana stars as the scorned wife of Tom Rodriguez, who discovers his affair, not with a woman, but with another man, as portrayed by Dennis Trillo.