By Liza Soriano
Newsroom | TikTok courtesy
MANILA — Senator Robin Padilla on Wednesday said he wants to stop the ongoing abuse of TikTok, YouTube and other media platforms that use online streaming video.
This is after Padilla learned that the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) has limited power against inappropriate content on the said platforms.
“Concerned lang ako doon, wala pong batas? Tayo ba, kailangang gumawa ng panukalang batas tungkol dito? Ano ang legality nito sa Constitution,” said Padilla, chairman of the Senate Committee on Mass Media and Public Information in the hearing of the Finance Subcommittee for the funding of the said agency.
He also asked the MTRCB under Lala Sotto-Antonio what the Senate can do to address the said issue.
Sotto-Antonio said the MTRCB’s powers are limited to the provisions of Presidential Decree (PD) 1986, and it covers only what is broadcast on television – including “TeleRadyo” or radio with video.
She added that the MTRCB does not cover “straight news” that is not mixed with “public affairs.”
According to Sotto-Antonio, the PD does not cover TikTok and YouTube.
Padilla added that he will also hold a Senate Committee on Mass Media and Public Information hearing on this issue, and may invite the representative of Netflix and other streaming platforms, including the representative of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster.
“Mas maganda na makasama sila kung anong gagawin nating panukalang batas,” he said. (ai/mtvn)