From Ed ching:
Since early last week, both Global Cable and Destiny Cable systems
were forced to turn off the feed of Fashion Television once twelve
midnight strikes due to content deemed unacceptable to mainstream
"Midnight Hot", as the title suggests, broadcasts at 12 midnight and
features seductive fashion statements and trends mostly dealing with
lingerie and photography of some topless fashion models.
Recently in one of the episodes, a feature on the making of a
European-based fashion calendar was aired that showed a female
fashion model openly posing half-naked with breasts exposed
throughout the duration of the shoot.
The Philippines is one of the few nations that still frowned even on
partial nudity. Recently, the Movie and Television Review
Classification Board, in coordination with the National
Telecommunications Commission, are policing the ranks of cable
operators for illegal broadcasts and other programs that showcase
partial or suggestive nudity.
Recently in an official correspondance to its Madrid headquarters,
Spanish state-run television channel Televicion Espaniola (TVE) was
warned that they would be banned from the Philippine cable TV lineup
if it persisted on airing shows that display sexually suggestive
topics. In the past, TVE was also showing R-18 flicks that contain
one nudity scene every 10-15 minutes for the duration of the film.
Aside from this, the MTRCB also loves to butcher films that has nude or violent scenes in it. "The Lords of War" and "A History of Violence" are just some examples. And the "Wedding Crashers" and "40-Year-Old Virgin" would have gotten R-18 ratings from the MTRCB (equivalent to the US' NC-17 rating) kung ipinalabas sila dito without cuts. Imagine that, NC-17 ang "Wedding Crashers", LOL.
At kung R-18 ang rating niya, bawal yan sa SM cinemas. At kung hindi maipalabas yang mga teen comedy flicks na yan sa SM, pinakamalaking mall chain sa pilipinas, hindi kikita ng malaki ang pelikula. Kaya madalas napipilitan ang mga distributors na putulin ang pelikula nila bago ito i-submit ulit sa MTRCB.
IIRC, hindi ipinalabas ang "Brokeback Mountain" at "Jarhead" sa SM dahil R-18 sila. So to those who claim na mas "liberal" ang MTRCB natin ngayon, you're full of crap. I still remember with the conservatives did to former MTRCB chairman Nick tiongson back in 2001.