Former Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) chairman Manuel “Manoling” Morato passed away on Friday, July 30. He was 87.
His grandnephew, actor Jake Cuenca, confirmed his death on social media, saying their family was in shock over his passing.
“It’s been a rough couple of days for our family because it came as such a shock. We really thought he would pull through like he always does,” Cuenca posted on Instagram on Saturday, July 31.
Morato’s family told ABS-CBN News that Morato succumbed to COVID-19.
The MTRCB posted a tribute to Morato on its Facebook page.
“Your contributions to history, the national discourse and the lives of the Filipino people will remain ever large in our hearts,” the MTRCB said in a statement.
Morato headed the MTRCB under the Corazon Aquino administration from 1986 to 1992. During his term, he launched a crackdown on “pene” films, or those with overtly sexual content.
He also served as chairman and board member of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office. He ran for senator in 1992 and 2001, and president in 1998, but he lost in all attempts. – Rappler.com