The Supreme Court of the Philippines upheld the suspension of “Ang Dating Daan” is its host, Eliseo Soriano because of its use of abusive, vulgar and slanderous statement which are inappropriate for the general audience. Soriano’s demand that the Supreme Court stay out of conflicts between any two group was also rejected citing that any program is subject to regulation “to prevent the clear and present danger of some substantive evil”, referring to Soriano. Here’s part of the full story:
SC upholds suspension of ‘Ang Dating Daan’
By Dona Pazzibugan
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 19:53:00 03/16/2010
MANILA, Philippines—The Supreme Court upheld a three-month suspension imposed on the religious television program, “Ang Dating Daan,” back in 2004 for the use of offensive and obscene language by its evangelist-host Eliseo “Brother Eli” Soriano.
In a full court decision issued on March 15, the high tribunal ruled with finality against Soriano’s motion for reconsideration, affirming its original ruling last April 29, 2009 in favor of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB)’s disciplinary action against Ang Dating Daan.
Voting 11-4, the Supreme Court rejected Soriano’s argument that the suspension imposed by the MTRCB constituted “prior restraint” on the media and that his language during the show’s August 10, 2004 broadcast was not obscene and offensive.
The high court reminded Soriano that “the medium he used to make his statements was a television broadcast which is accessible to children of virtually all ages.”
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