PDEA asks MTRCB to ban ‘Amatz’ song for ‘promoting use of marijuana’


The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has asked the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) to ban the airing of rapper Shanti Dope’s song “Amatz” for lyrics allegedly promoting recreational marijuana use.

PDEA said in a statement on Thursday that Director General Aaron Aquino has already sent MTRCB, the Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit (OPM), and ABS-CBN Corporation a letter last Monday to prevent the promotion of the song, which allegedly runs contrary to the administration’s war on illegal drugs.

“It appears that the singer was referring to the high effect of marijuana, being in its natural/organic state and not altered by any chemical

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