THE Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) released a letter published in its websites following the episode wherein Pinoy Big Brother teen housemate Rita Gaviola, a representative of the Badjao community was teased.
The letter was addressed to the reality show's producers, and writers, requesting for a meeting slated on August 18.
MTRCB's decision to call a conference with the show's team was based on factors like Rita's age and her role as a representative of an indigenous group.
"With the above, and considering further the age as well as gender of the concerned housemate, not to mention the representation made in your program that she belongs to an indigenous group or peoples of the Philippines, we are impelled to ask your aftendance, through your authorized representative/s at a conference scheduled for 18 August 2016, 10:30 a.m. at the MTRCB Adjudication Room, " read the board’s letter.
In the said episode, Rita was washing dishes in the kitchen, when some of the other female housemates started to laugh after showing what appeared to be one of Rita's garments. After realizing their mistake, the other housemates apologized.
Earlier, Albay 2nd District Representative Joey Salceda called on the concerned government agencies to take appropriate action following the incident. He emphasized that fighting discrimination or bullying from a youth-oriented program like PBB is but of great importance.