ABS-CBN's "Ipaglaban Mo" is not only known for its wise legal advice based from real life cases but also for the dramatization of it. But in their recent episode titled "Abuso" featuring Shy Carlos, Edgar Allan De Guzman (more known to the public as EA), and Paolo Paraiso, the dramatization of the rape scene became way too much.
In the "Ipaglaban Mo" episode, Rina (played by Shy) is working as a maid to Anton (played by Paolo). Rina also became close to Anton's gardener and pool boy Lando (played by EA) and both of them developed feelings for each other.
Their relationship was tested when Anton became cruel to both of them. Anton puts a gun against Rina's head and forced Lando to rape her while being recorded on camera. The rape scene started to be uncomfortable when Anton told Lando to take off his shirt and also remove Rina's clothes. It became more disturbing and graphic when Anton told Lando to push the crying Rina on bed and be on top of her.
Viewers noticed that the scene of "Ipaglaban Mo" is not only gruesome, it was also already borderline soft porn. Some raised their concern that the rape scene was too much for the television.
"Pwede nmn isang scene lang nakapatong yung aktor sa girl pero hindi na yung todo, [kasi] may mga batang nakakapanood at maaaring hindi naintindihan ang sitwasyon. Nasa creativity ng direktor at writer yun," Mir Grace wrote on her Facebook account.
'[Kayo,] ipinapakita hirap ng babae para maging makatotohanan lang, di niyo alam yung nararamdaman ng nakaranas, pwede nya naman isalaysay yun, pero mapanood pa sa tv sobra na. [Hindi] nmn yan niroroleplay sa tapat ng huwes mema lang din kayo. [Kaya pati massacre] nangyayari sa mga role playing na gusto niyong makita sa movie pati mga teleserye puno ng halikan at sakitan, wag na kayo magtaka sa disiplina," she added.
Mackenzee Leeonie wrote his opinion on the intense scene, saying that there is no necessity for being that graphic.
"Parang sumobra po yung rape scene. Mahilig akong manuod ng palabas sa TV pero yung rape scene kanina parang sumobra po ata. hindi naman po siguro kailangan pa na e ditalye ang position nila sa pag-rape," he said. "Walang problema sa rape scene ang naging problema doon yung position nila sa rape
scene kailangan pa ba yon? Opinion ko lang po."
On the other hand, some netizens praised the portrayal of the scene for it delivered the full content so that audience would feel the intensity.
"Ang programang Ipaglaban Mo ay base sa tunay na pangyayari. Paano maipakikita ng programa ang naging sitwasyon ni Rina kung Hindi ipakikita ang rape scene? Hindi
ka naman kasi pwedeng magsampa ng kasong rape kung ang ebidenxang hawak mo ay video ng sunog or kasong extortion kung ang video mo ay tungkol sa murder," Lhei Villanuena-Plaza wrote.
"Nasa tao nah yan,kung madudumi talaga ang isip wag nalang manood...kikitid ng isip kaya nga pinapalabas para mapulutan ng aral at matulungan...kahit wala pang ganyan palabas marami talagang demonyo sa mundo," Jessie Llanda Libradilla Bibas said.
Watch the video to see it for yourself.
What do you think? Is it really too graphic or it is just enough for the audience? Tell us what you think!