- MTRCB summons Pinoy Big Brother executives after teen Badjao contestant Rita Gaviola was teased in one of the show’s episodes
- The ‘bullying incident’ solicited several reactions from various groups to include Congressman Joey Salceda
- Factors considered by the MTRCB include Rita’s age and her role as a representative of an indigenous group
Executives of the reality show Pinoy Big Brother (PBB) is scheduled to meet with the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) on August 18.
The meeting will transpire after the MTRCB posted a letter on its website addressed to the show’s producers and writers as an action after teen Badjao contestant Rita Gaviola was teased in one of the PBB episodes, an article published by Rappler on August 15 stated.
As such, the MTRCB pointed out that factors like Rita’s age and her role as a representative of an indigenous group prompted them to call a conference with the show’s team.
“With the above, and considering further the age as well as gender of the concerned housemate, not to mention the representation made in your program that she belongs to an indigenous group or peoples of the Philippines, we are impelled to ask your attendance, through your authorized representative/s at a conference scheduled for 18 August 2016, 10:30 a.m. at the MTRCB Adjudication Room, “ the MTRCB letter reads.
Earlier, Albay 2nd District Representative Joey Salceda appealed to concerned government agencies to take appropriate action after the incident, an article posted on Kicker Daily News mentioned.
In his appeal, Salceda emphasized the importance of fighting discrimination or bullying from a youth-oriented program like PBB.
During the episode, Rita was seen washing dishes in the kitchen, when some of the other female housemates started to laugh as they were making fun of what appeared to be one of Rita’s undergarments.
Rita immediately rushed to the girls to get the undergarment, proceeded to the girls’ bedroom and went back to the kitchen to continue her chores, but was unable to keep her tears from flowing.
After realizing their mistake, the other housemates approached Rita and apologized.