Aquino Names New MTRCB Chairman

MANILA, Philippines --- President Benigno S. Aquino III has appointed lawyer Eugenio Villareal as new chairman of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) for a term until September 2013.

Villareal will take the post vacated by Mary Grace Poe Llamanzares who decided to run for senator under the administration banner in next year's elections. Prior to his appointment, Villareal sat as one of the members of the MTRCB board.

"I can confirm that President Aquino has appointed Atty. Eugenio 'Toto' H. Villareal as chair of MTRCB. Atty. Villareal was previously a member of the board. He is a litigation practitioner and is the founding partner of the law firm Escudero Marasigan Vallente and E.H. Villareal," Deputy Presidential Spokeswoman Abigail Valte said.

The President also re-appointed film director Emmanuel Borlaza as vice chairman of the movie rating agency.

The new members of the MTRCB are Robert Andrews, Ma. Lourdes Bautista, Jaime Alan Bengzon, Patrocinia Datu Binungcal, Manuel Buising, Maria Gabriela Concepcion, Francia Conrado, Nicasio Cruz, Maria Marta Ines Dayrit, Teresita Daza, Noel del Prado, Catherine Guballa, Carmencita Guerrero, Mario Hernando, Marra Lanot, Eric Henry Mallonga, Anna Lissa Martinez,

Ma. Carmen Musngi, Leah Navarro, Cecilia Nubla, Jay Revestir, Jose Emeterio Romero IV, Rommel Milo Sogueco, Gladys Sommereux, Benedicto Tarnate Sr., Jose Antonio Velasco, Teresita Villarama, Alfred Yuson, and Elizabeth Rose Siguion-Reyna.

Appointed MTRCB Executive Director is Victoriano Muring Jr.

All new appointees in the MTRCB will serve a term until September 30, 2013. The appointment papers were signed by the President last November 28 but were only released by the Palace Thursday night.

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