‘It’s Showtime’ hosts Vice Ganda, Ion Perez face cybercrime raps

Popular television host and singer Vice Ganda, alongside her real-life partner Ion Perez, are facing charges under the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.

The case was filed before the Quezon City Prosecutor’s Office by the Kapisanan ng Social Media Broadcasters ng Pilipinas Inc. (KSMBPI).

In a report by entertainment news outlet Philippine Entertainment Portal (PEP), one Atty. Leo Olarte, along with some members of the KSMBPI, submitted their complaints to the Quezon City Prosecutor’s Office last Monday, Sept. 11.

Based on the record, Vice Ganda, who is Jose Marie Borja Viceral in real life, and Perez, whose legal name is Benigno Perez, werer accused of allegedly breaching Section 6 of Republic Act No. 10175.

While the precise details of the case remain undisclosed, lawyer Mark Tolentino, representing the KSMBPI, indicated that the group will expound on the case.

It was reported later that the case filed by the organization involved the violation of Article 201 of the Revised Penal Code, which is related to Section 6 of Article 201 and Republic Act No.10175, or Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.

Under the Philippine law, Article 201 penalizes “immoral doctrines, obscene publications and exhibitions, and indecent shows”.

The complaints were reportedly related to the viral cake-icing-eating incident between Vice and Ion during the noontime program’s segment Isip Bata.

PEP quoted a statement from Atty. Olarte, “Nowadays, there have been countless proliferation of immoral, indecent, lewd, and vulgar shows, clips, TikTok, Vlogs etc. that are being streamed on social media and sometimes in the traditional media.”

“The worst part of it all is that these are unregulated and are accessible by any person including the youth, children, and even minors who are tech-savvy on various social media platforms. Just by the click of a finger, all these malevolent presentations are made easily available even on mere cellphones already,” it read.

The complaint of the organization of “social media broadcasters” also appeared to be in support of MTRCB, which had recently announced its decision to impose a 12-day suspension on It’s Showtime last Sept. 4, reported the website Latest Chika

Latest Chika also reported that the complaining group held a meeting at the office of the MTRCB with the board’s chairman Lala Sotto last August.

On August 29, SPIN Media shared photos of the meeting where the group, together with Sotto, discussed “immoral” content from certain noontime shows and how they can “address moral decay in the entertainment industry”.

Sotto, daughter of former Senate President Vicente Sotto III and host of rival tv show “EAT,” denied any part in the suspension of “It’s showtime.”

.The case came as Vice Ganda‘s noontime program, “It’s Showtime,” was suspended for 12 days by the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB).

The suspension was an offshoot of an episode featuring Vice Ganda and Perez consuming frosting from a cake with their fingers during one of the segments, dubbed ‘Isip Bata.’

The MTRCB reported that many viewers had registered complaints regarding the program’s July 25 episode, alleging indecent behavior on the part of the show’s hosts. (Jennifer True Santos)