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    'Live Show' is pornography–Roces
    Newly-appointed Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) chairman Alejandro Roces on Monday vowed to hold producers of pornographic films criminally liable following the brouhaha on the showing of Regal Films' Live Show.

    In a press briefing in Malacañang, Roces branded Live Show as pornography and said he was disgusted with the movie after seeing it Sunday.

    Roces, a former education secretary, said he would seek the amendments to MTRCB's charter so that movie directors would be required to take professional license examinations and that producing pornographic films would be made a criminal offense.

    "I am going to seek an amendment to the law requiring that to be a director, you should have a professional license to direct. One condition is no porno and (I will) propose that pornography be made a criminal offense," Roces said.

    The 76-year-old MTRCB chairman praised the decision of President Arroyo to recall from the theaters the Jose Javier Reyes film about live-sex performers.

    "I saw Live Show yesterday. I was literally shocked and I'm not a prude. I've been all over the world. I know it's pornography for pornography's sake," he said.

    Roces vowed to study the MTRCB rules very well even as he assured the movie industry that it would continue to enjoy the freedom of expression.

    He said he would only implement the law on the classification of movies.

    "If it's for adults, then it's only for adults. If it's pornography, then I will classify it as pornography," he said.

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    Roces, meanwhile, reminded movie and television stars that they have even an obligation to be properly dressed in any public occasion.

    Roces was asked by reporters whether he found sexpot Rosanna Roces' revealing gown in Saturday's 24th Gawad Urian awards night as offensive or not.

    "To be honest, I have not seen Roces' [revealing] gown but as I said these things... I think people have the obligation to be properly dressed in an occasion and we respect this. She should be properly dressed," he said.

    Roces served as education secretary from 1961 to 1965 under the administration of the late President Diosdado Macapagal.

    Aside from being a public servant, Roces is also an artist, a writer and a newspaperman.

    His family owned the first company to distribute films in the country from MGM and 20th Century Fox, both American movie producers, during the 1950's.

    He was also among the founders of the Maria Clara Awards that pioneered in recognizing the excellence in the local movie making industry.

    Roces was tapped to replace University of the Philippines professor and former CCP president Nicanor Tiongson as MTRCB chief Thursday last week.

    Tiongson resigned from his post after his refusal to recall the controversial film Live Show from theaters did not sit well with influential ultra-conservatives led by his supposed endorser, Manila Archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin.

    Live Show, a critically-acclaimed film that was exhibited in the 50th Berlin Film Festival, was approved and given an R-18 classification by the board under Armida Siguion-Reyna on May 12, 2000.

    Tiongson pointed out that he and the rest of his board would have been vulnerable to lawsuits had he complied with the directive of the influential Catholic prelate.

    The Cardinal's decision to press MRTCB to pull out Live Show has sparked howls of protest from artists and other sectors over the alleged meddling of Catholic Church leaders in state affairs.

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