The three-month suspension, he said, takes such form since it restrains Soriano’s future speech, and thus deserves a higher scrutiny than the “context-based” approach that the majority applied.
Saying it found as obscene the remarks uttered against a rival religious TV host, the Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday sustained the three-month suspension imposed on the TV program Ang Dating Daan (ADD) by the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB).
In suspending Soriano’s TV program, the MTRCB cited Sec.
In a consolidated decision penned by Justice Presbitero Velasco Jr, the 11 majority justices upheld the MTRCB move to suspend ADD after its host, Eliseo Soriano, uttered offensive and obscene remarks against Ang Tamang Daan host Michael Sandoval.
Soriano founded the religious sect ADD, a breakaway group of the Iglesia Ni Cristo sect.
Four justices, however, warned that the ruling could strike a big blow to freedom of speech, since the penalty could constitute prior restraint.
The dissenters included Chief Justice Reynato Puno.
Members of the two religious sects have been at odds for years, on and off court.
3 of Presidential Decree (PD) 1986 granting the Board the power to screen, review, and examine all movie and TV programs and to delete materials that it deems morally offensive.Applying the “context-based” analysis, the Court said Soriano’s “statement can be treated as obscene, at least with respect to the average child,” and thus cannot be considered as protected speech.