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MTRCB to review ‘Barbie’ after ban

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The movie “Barbie” will be reviewed for rating and classification on Tuesday, Movie and Television Review and Classification Board chairperson Lala Sotto said Monday.

Sotto was asked if the Philippines will also ban the movie starring Margot Robbie for showing a map that featured China’s nine-dash-line in the South China Sea.

“In connection thereto, the MTRCB assures the public that as with any material rated by the Board, the film shall undergo a fair and thorough review in accordance with Presidential Decree No. 1986,” Sotto added.

Asked if the MTRCB review was related to the ban by Vietnam, Sotto said the local distributor applied before the MTRCB its request for rating and classification.

The U-shaped “nine-dash line” is used on Chinese maps to illustrate its claims over vast areas of the South China Sea, including swathes of what Vietnam considers its continental shelf, where it has awarded oil concessions.

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“Barbie” is set to open in Philippine cinemas on July 19.

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