The Final Pitch makes a comeback amid former judges Joseph Calata and Mica Tan’s legal woes

The Final Pitch, a business reality show, returns to the Philippines, brushing off controversy surrounding two former judges.

The show, which offers entrepreneurs a platform to pitch their ideas to investors, is entering a new season. To mark a fresh start and potential international expansion, it won’t be labeled season 10, but rather “The Final Pitch: Philippines” season 1.

However, the show’s past isn’t entirely squeaky clean. Joseph Calata and Mica Tan, who served as judges on the show’s 2017 launch, are facing legal trouble from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for alleged fraud.

Calata’s company, once a darling of the Philippine Stock Exchange, was delisted due to accusations of insider trading and market manipulation. Tan, meanwhile, is accused of soliciting investments without the necessary permit from the SEC.

Accusers claimed she and her associates disguised the investments as loans backed by post-dated checks, circumventing regulations.

Despite these issues, The Final Pitch is forging ahead. Originally on the defunct CNN Philippines, the new season finds a new home on One News (Cignal TV) and GMA International and GMA Life TV.

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