Palace: Removing ‘Abominable’ from local cinemas up to MTRCB

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 15 2019 04:32 PM

A scene from 'Abominable.' Handout

MANILA -- Removing the animated film “Abominable” from Philippine cinemas over a scene featuring China’s 9-dash line in the South China Sea, will be up to the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB), Malacañang said Tuesday.

Vietnam, which also has conflicting claims with China in the resource-rich waters, has banned the movie because of a scene showing the unilaterally declared 9-dash line.

“Depende siguro 'yan sa MTRCB kung ano ang assessment nila,” Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said when asked on whether the Philippines would follow suit.

(It would depend on the MTRCB’s assessment.)

The U-shaped line is a feature used on Chinese maps to illustrate its sweeping claims over the disputed South China Sea.

Panelo, however, refused to comment on whether the showing of the 9-dash line in the film is “abominable,” deferring the matter instead to the Department of Foreign Affairs.

"Abominable" opened in Philippine theaters last October 2.