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At no other time does the saying “an idle mind is the devil’s playground” apply with particular relevance than these days of lockdowns and quarantines.
And at no other place, it seems, does it apply better than at the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB), where members have been suddenly rendered idle, though not jobless, by the suspension of the production and release of new movies and television shows.
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To recall, the MTRCB has been charged with “reviewing” movies and TV shows and classifying which are worth viewing by the general public, by adults only, or which should be banned outright. But these days, quarantine restrictions covering both the production of movies and TV shows and the operation of movie theaters have left the MTRCB idle. Board members are left twiddling their thumbs while income from producers who paid to have their releases reviewed suddenly dried up.
Maybe it’s this imposed recess that has propelled the MTRCB, headed by former congresswoman Rachel Arenas, to turn creative (and perhaps desperate) and search for additional, or alternate, means of sourcing income.FEATURED STORIES
But their proposal has in turn raised a typhoon of protest, denunciations, speculations as …

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