The movie Abominable should be banned, or if it’s already showing in our movie houses, immediately stopped, Agusan del Norte Rep. Lawrence Fortun said on Thursday.
“Amid calls to boycott the movie, the MTRCB (Movie and Television Review and Classification Board) cannot just stand in the sidelines, and instead, proactively address what could mislead our children, even adults, into believing a foreign country’s claim prejudicial to our national interest to be true and controlling,” he said.
The animated film, which has been banned in Vietnam, shows a map featuring China’s nine-dash-claims on the South China Sea, which is disputed by claimant countries, including the Philippines.
Foreign Secretary Teddy Boy Locsin earlier called for a boycott of the movie.
The MTRCB, according to Fortun, is mandated by law to “empower the Filipino family, particularly parents and at the grassroots level, such that family members are able to evaluate and intelligently choose media and entertainment content.”
The minority congressman identified a number of possible steps in response to the film:
Suspend the film showing pending investigation
Remove the offensive portions
At the very least, considering the seriousness of the possible repercussions of the movie’s public showing, the MTRCB should suspend its showing in the meantime that it is investigating the adverse impact it can have in the minds of the Filipino audience, he said.
“Aside from the disinformation and confusion it can create, its showing on Philippine soil will also have a negative bearing on our integrity as a country and nation,” Fortun said
“No less than our Foreign Affairs Secretary has called for its boycott. Why not just ban it? The MTRCB can very well do that consistent with its mandate,” he said.