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Pia: 'TV shows should be mindful of children's rights'

MANILA, March 30 — Senator Pia Cayetano on Wednesday weighed in on the controversy created by the March 12 episode of "Willing Willie" show on TV5 during which a six-year-old boy, known only as 'Jan-Jan,' was made to gyrate like a macho dancer during one of the show's segments.

”It is very disturbing that this incident took place," said Cayetano, who chairs the Senate Committee on Youth, Women and Family Relations. "The producers of shows should be mindful that the rights of the child are respected all the time, on and off the air."

"In this case, the issuance of a public apology by TV5, the producers of 'Willing Willie' and Mr. Revillame himself indicates their recognition of the wrongful act that had been committed,” she added.

Cayetano said the “unfortunate incident” serves as a lesson to all on the importance of respecting the rights of the child and prevents similar occurrences in the future.

For his part, Senator Francis ‘Chiz’ Escudero said the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) as well as the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) should find out if the show has violated any law.

”Personally I also did not like and agree with what I saw and with what was done to the little boy but I blame the parents of the boy more than anyone else for just standing there and for allowing it to happen,” Escudero said.

Jan-Jan told Willie that it was his father who taught him the dance which the boy used as his talent during the show’s segment. The boy claimed his father works in a parlor. (PNA) scs/LOR/jfm

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