MTRCB inspects buses for x-rated films

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Monday, March 30, 2015

THE Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) conducted inspections on Monday at the Araneta Center Bus Station in Cubao, Quezon City to ensure that the movies being shown in the public buses, particularly those up for long travels are following the agency's rules.

In the inspection, MTRCB chairman Eugenio Villareal together with other board members recovered an x-rated film from a Bicol-bound R. Volante Lines bus, whose passengers include 12-year-old girl.

The bus driver said the pornographic film was for his personal use.

"Wala daw silang balak ipalabas ang malaswang pelikula at nakalimutan lamang na tanggalin matapos panoorin sa kanilang garahe kagabi," Villareal said.

The MTRCB confiscated the DVD and submitted it together with the bus driver and bus unit to the Land Transportation Franchise and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) for investigation.

Villareal said they will also ask the appearance of the driver and the bus line operator in their office for a hearing and to identify the possible charges or fine for possessing pornographic material in a public utility vehicle.

He said that last year, the Laguna Star Bus paid a fine of P10,000 to the MTRCB for showing rated-13 and 18 movies on their bus.

The MTRCB official reminded the operators, drivers and conductors of provincial buses to play only movies under General patronage and Parental Guidance for the sake of the minors on-board.

Villareal urged the riding public to report to them or to the LTFRB similar incident "to teach the bus operators and drivers their lessons." (Sunnex)

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