MANILA, Philippines — After receiving a barrage of complaints, mostly from members of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) decided to suspend the GMA 7 program “My Husband’s Lover” indefinitely.
This after the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Youth (CBCP-ECY) urged television networks to be sensitive to themes being tackled in their programs.
CBCP-ECY executive secretary Fr. Kunegundo Garganta said TV producers and writers must study themes presented in their shows and make sure they are based on moral standards.
He said guidelines regarding themes followed by TV networks are important, especially for television shows with controversial content. Garganta urged networks to consider how the shows impact young viewers’ consciousness.
As a result, GMA7 will stop the airing of its widely lauded primetime show and instead replace it with a different show that they hope and pray, is “morally correct enough” in the eyes of the CBCP.
“We are proud to present ‘My Father’s Lover‘, the first church-themed series in Philippine television,” said Katherine Galvez, the show’s executive producer, during its announcement.
The series still stars Carla Abellana, Tom Rodriguez and Dennis Trillo as the main characters. Carla and Tom retain their roles as Lally and Vincent Soriano respectively but Dennis Trillo now plays an older Father Eric Del Gundo. Fr del Gundo is Vincent’s first romance when the latter was an altar boy during his elementary years.
The show has multiple continuing story lines that tackle sensitive yet relevant issues like child molestation, ivory smuggling, deception, homophobia and the church’s discrimination against homosexuals, corruption within the Catholic institution and the consequences of blindly following what a priest says.
The forty-five minute scripted drama chronicles the life of a woman, who belatedly discovers that her husband has been carrying on an affair, but not with another woman, but with their church’s priest.
It also tackles the importance of family, integrity and love; hence a new character – another priest, who has fathered 3 children from two different women, would be introduced midway into the season.
Contrary to the show that it is replacing, which got a Strong Parental Guidance (SPG) rating from the MTRCB, “My Father’s Lover” is rated PG, which stands for “Parochial Guidance”.