Opinion: ABS-CBN S.O.C.O. too violent for an afternoon slot

While watching the November 24, 2012 episode of “SOCO: Scene of the Crime Operatives,” I could’t help but wonder why the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board allowed ABS-CBN to air the show on an afternoon timeslot.

The reenactment of a hostage crisis and thrusting on a victim through with a bladed weapon, with blood on the victim’s neck and shirt and the hostage taker’s weapon, face and shirt shown on national TV, I believe it was too violent for a program to be aired on a time when children are still awake.

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S.O.C.O. has been given a “Strong Parental Guidance” rating by the MTRCB. Under the “SPG” logo are descriptors such as T for maseselang “tema,” L for “lengguwahe” and K for “karahasan” (sensitive theme, language, violence).

S.O.C.O. airs every Saturday at 4PM. In a memorandum issued on August 25, 2011, the MTRCB said shows rated “SPG” are aired from 9PM onwards. That’s very clear.

The review board should call ABS-CBN’s attention regarding this.