Women’s rights group Gabriela unhappy with ‘It’s Showtime’ over ‘Pastillas Girl’

By , on September 30, 2015

'Pastillas Girl' meets with her ex-boyfriend on ABS-CBN noontime show 'It's Showtime' (Star Cinema)
‘Pastillas Girl’ meets with her ex-boyfriend on ABS-CBN noontime show ‘It’s Showtime’ (Star Cinema)

Women’s rights group Gabriela showed their displeasure over noontime show It’s Showtime’s treatment of Angelica Jane Yap, or more popularly know as Pastillas Girl.

In a letter addressed to It’s Showtime‘s executive producer Mark Rejano and the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB), Gabriela Secretary General Joan May Salvador cited that the noontime show appears to be “pimping” Yap to suitors and airing it on national TV as a form of entertainment.

The letter reads:

We wish to inform you that we have been receiving complaints regarding exploitation of women in relation to your serye “Pastillas Girl” since it aired this month in Showtime. Concerned citizens wrote us and tagged us in their Twitter posts alleging that the show seems to be pimping the said Pastillas Girl to various interested men.

As an organization dealing with the protection and advancement of women’s rights, we cannot dismiss such complaints. We have been consistent in out statement that competition to sell the show and the ratings war should not be done at the expense of women. In the interest of fairness, we would like to give you an opportunity to respond to such allegations publicly.

As of posting, neither the MTRCB nor It’s Showtime have issued their response.