MTRCB board concerned over alarming online attacks targeting Lala Sotto


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  • "The MTRCB remains steadfast in its mission to ensure that television and movie content aligns with the cultural values and norms of the Philippines. We continue encouraging constructive dialogue with the public, emphasizing the importance of civil discourse and responsible criticism."


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MTRCB Chair Lala Sotto

The Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) board has expressed concern over the alarming online attacks that have been targeting MTRCB chairperson Lala Sotto.

Netizens expressed grievances on MTRCB's social media pages in an inappropriate and harmful manner, raising concerns for the chairperson's safety and security.

“Over the past weeks, we have experienced an unfortunate surge in threatening messages on our official social media pages, including explicit rape and death threats directed at Chairperson Lala Sotto.

“Chairperson Lala Sotto is a dedicated public servant who has spent her career advocating for responsible and inclusive media content. She has consistently championed the importance of media content that respects cultural sensitivities while contributing positively to the Philippine entertainment industry," said MTRCB Vice Chairman Njel De Mesa.

“No Filipino deserves such kind of unfounded personal attack. We must not resort to personal attacks because our agency is just doing its mandate. We are happy that our Chair is very active in discharging the functions of our office based on existing laws.” MTRCB Executive Director II Atty. Mamarico Sansarona Jr., added.

While the MTRCB recognizes the importance of constructive criticism and open dialogue, it strongly condemns any form of threats, harassment, or violence, both online and offline, Sansarona said. "Such behavior is illegal and runs counter to the principles of a Filipino value-based media and entertainment culture that the MTRCB upholds."


"The MTRCB remains steadfast in its mission to ensure that television and movie content aligns with the cultural values and norms of the Philippines. We continue encouraging constructive dialogue with the public, emphasizing the importance of civil discourse and responsible criticism."