MANILA, Philippines – After teen Badjao contestant Rita Gaviola was teased in an episode of Pinoy Big Brother (PBB), the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) posted a letter on its website addressed to the show's producers, and writers, asking for a meeting to be held on August 18 regarding the incident.
Factors like the Rita's age and her role as a representative of an indigenous group were considered in the MTRCB's decision to call a conference with the show's team.
"With the above, and considering further the age as well as gender of the concerned housemate, not to mention the representation made in your program that she belongs to an indigenous group or peoples of the Philippines, we are impelled to ask your aftendance, through your authorized representative/s at a conference scheduled for 18 August 2016, 10:30 a.m. at the MTRCB Adjudication Room, " says the letter, which you can read here.
Most recently, Albay 2nd District Representative Joey Salceda appealed to concerned government agencies to take appropriate action after the incident. Read his statement here, where he emphasized the importance of fighting discrimination or bullying from a youth-oriented program like PBB.
In the said episode, Rita was washing dishes in the kitchen, when some of the other female housemates started to laugh after showing what appeared to be one of Rita's garments. After realizing their mistake, the other housemates apologized. – Rappler.com