'Showtime' suspended due to Rosanna Roces' insulting remarks against teachers

Rosanna Roces' fearless comment against teachers on ABS-CBN's Showtime last Thursday, January 07, 2010, has resulted to a 20-day preventive suspension for the program effective today, January 12th.

Osang was one of the five judges last week and she uttered some hurtin' words for the Filipino educators during the Thursday live episode of one of my favorite TV shows.

Here's how it all happened...

After the performance of a group called "D' Original Egyptians" from Calamba City, Laguna, the hometown of the country's National Hero Dr. Jose Protacio Rizal, host Vhong Navarro asked one handsome member of the group if who between Osang and resident judge Vice Ganda would he like to be paired with. Not surprisingly, the cutie contestant chose Vice Ganda over Osang.

When Osang's turn came for her to give comments, she asked one contestant why Dr. Jose Rizal's middle name was Protacio when in fact, her mother was named Teodora Alonzo. But the contestant didn't know the answer.

Then Osang, in her tactless self that we know, "Murahin mo 'yung teacher mo ha. Ako minura ko teacher ko nung 'di niya sinagot sa 'kin 'yan. Walang hiya 'yang mga teacher na 'yan, 'di sinasabi totoo sa 'tin eh."

"Ikaw, tagaroon ka hindi mo alam. Kayong mga kabataan, huwag kayong makukuntento sa itinuturo ng libro at ng teacher. Magtatanong po kayo, hindi masama 'yun. Dahil ang mga teacher, they were [are] just repeaters. Tinuturo nila kung ano ang naituro sa kanila. Hindi na nila itinuturo kung anong gustong malaman ng mga bata. 'Yan, isang trivia para sa iyo. Hanapino mo, i-Wikipedia mo, malalaman mo kung bakit," she continued. (Wikipedia says, Protacio was a 2nd given name, not a middle name).

Hittin' back at the handsome cutie who chose Vice Ganda over her, Osang said, "Tama naman 'yung sagot niya eh. Kahit i-remake, hindi ko gagawin. Lola na 'ko eh. Si Vice Ganda na lang. Ba't pa ko maghuhubad di ba? Tsaka, eh 'yan gagawin niya kahit libre, eh ako hindi. Hindi nyo na ko kayang bayaran ngayon. Pero magiging generous ako sa score ko ngayon dahil masaya ako ngayong araw na 'to at ngayon lang ako nakakita ng ganyang kagwapo...Kung siya sumali sa gaya-gaya puto maya, nag-She's Got The Looks po ako, natalo ako ng pagkapangit-pangit na babae."

Vice Ganda defended the teachers and said, "Gusto kong magpasalamat sa lahat ng mga naging guro ko, nung unang-unang beses pa lang ako nag-aral hanggang sa natapos ako, kasi napakahuhusay ng mga naging guro ko. At gusto ko lang sabihin na ang mga guro ay mga tao rin naman, nagkakamali rin 'yan di ba. At kaya 'wag nating lahatin. Meron sigurong gurong nagkamali pero napakarami rin namang gurong mahuhusay lalo na sa Pilipinas."

"Kahit mga artista naman, hindi naman lahat ng artista napakahusay. Hindi naman lahat ng mga pulitiko napakahusay. Gano'n din namang mga guro, may mga guro ding hindi, pero napakarami rin namang mahusay. At ang laki ng naibahagi nila sa buhay natin," he explained further.

D' Original Egyptians won that day and even during the weekly finals two days after.

The next day, January 8th, Osang was no longer one of the judges. The show's hosts explained that the management decided to remove Osang as a judge as part of what they call "self-regulation".

Yesterday, January 11th, the show was clueless of the possible suspension of "Showtime" and even happily announced that the show will stage a live presentation in Cebu for the Sinulog Festival. But only to realize later that it won't gonna happen because a 20-day preventive suspension has been given to them in the afternoon by the MTRCB.

For now, ABS-CBN thru Corporate Communications Head Bong Osorio that they will file an appeal to reverse MTRCB's decision.

The official statement says, “A preventive suspension is issued to stop further violations, if there were any committed, or for the interest or welfare of the public. Thus, the network questions the need for said preventive suspension when Rosanna Roces has already been removed from the program.

Showtime is a highly entertaining show watched by many Filipinos. It helps promote and showcase the creativity and talent of kapamilyas nationwide, uplifts their spirit and provides opportunities to improve their lives


'Showtime' is actually one of the top-rating shows in the country today. (View "Showtime" ratings).

For now, "Showtime" will be replaced temporarily by "Magpasikat" which features celebrities who will be given the chance to do their dream production numbers and show off their hidden talents.

Watch the two videos of the January 07 incident on "Showtime" (coutesy of pnoytmbayan):

About M.I.

Mykiru is an entertainment blogger, having been named as one of the Top 10 Pinoy Showbiz Resources in the Philippines. For a decade now, Mykiru.ph has been delivering the latest, the hottest and most trending issues in the country.

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