A congressman on Monday called on his fellow members of Congress toformulate a national policy against "vulgar andshocking" shows amid the controversy involving American popidol Lady Gaga"s Philippine concerts on Monday and Tuesday. In a privilege speech, Manila Rep. Amado Bagatsing described LadyGaga as "the epitome of everything that a decent societydeclares as wrong" and as a "dangerous source ofcorruption to the youth." "I am worried the music videos she creates that promotesblasphemy and encourages the hatred of everything that is taught byGod," the lawmaker said Monday afternoon. Bagatsing"s speech was delivered hours before theinternational pop star was scheduled to stage a concert being opposed by Filipino Christian conservatives. |
The congressman likewise said that Congress should consider passinga national policy that will ensure that "vulgar" showswill not be permitted in the country. He noted that the Movie andTelevision Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) has nojurisdiction over live concerts. "So far, the tolerance we give to our entertainers have beenregulated by the MTRCB,… but the powers apparently have noeffect on shocking and vulgar shows that enter our country,"he said. Camiguin Rep. Pedro Romualdo meanwhile supported Bagatsing"scall for a policy to ban certain concerts in the Philippines.
"If this Lady Gaga will be allowed render her show in thePhilippines, will this not show the twisted moral values ofFilipinos today?" Romualdo said after Bagatsing"sspeech. ‘Let the youth decide" Kabataan party-list Rep. Raymond Palatino, however, said theFilipino youth should be allowed to discern which type of music orartists are bad for them. "Tiwala naman ako that our Filipino youth are matured enough.Marunong na silang mag-appreciate ng music," he said in aseparate press briefing.
"Sa tingin ko, ‘yung mga pupunta sa Lady Gaga concert,nandun para sa entertainment, hindi naman para humingi ng preachingkung ano ang dapat nilang gawin sa kanilang buhay," he added. Gabriela Women"s party-list Rep. Luzviminda Ilagan meanwhilesaid that her fellow lawmakers and other conservatives should"respect cultural and generational differences." "She [Lady Gaga] has the right to express herself through hersongs. Kung ikaw, ayaw mo, then don"t listen to hersongs," she said.
— VS, GMA News.
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