A lawyer who identified himself as a representative of a group of “social media broadcasters” has filed a criminal case for violation of the cybercrime law against “It’s Showtime” hosts Vice Ganda and Ion Perez before the Quezon City Prosecutor’s Office.
A statement emailed to members of the media, Dr. Michael Aragon, president of the Kapisanan ng mga Social Media Broadcasters ng Pilipinas Inc., said the legal action was just the first of a series of cases that his group will file against violators of the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, “both in the online and offline platforms.”
“Contrary to the loose talk maliciously circulating around the grapevine: The KSMBPI criminal case versus Vice Ganda and Ion Perez was never triggered nor influenced in any way by the MTRCB or its 12-day suspension of the ABS-CBN television show ‘It’s Showtime,’” he said, referring to the ruling of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) last Sept. 4.
“As a matter of fact as i speak now we are preparing to file a second criminal case versus Vice Ganda and Ion Perez in court,” Olarte further said in his statement.
A copy of the complaint filed against Vice Ganda and Perez, who are real-life partners was obtained by INQUIRER.net.
Olarte said KSMBPI is an independent private advocacy organization that is “subservient to none except God, country and the Filipino people.”
INQUIRER.net sought Olarte for further comment but he is unavailable.
The MTRCB’s suspension order stemmed from alleged indecent acts committed by Vice Ganda and Perez in one episode, and the alleged use of sexual terms by one of the hosts in another. EDV
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