Amid widespread criticism of the comments he made about the cortege video of former Philippine president Corazon “Cory” Aquino, “Wowowee” host Willie Revillame has gone on leave “indefinitely.”
Here’s an excerpt from the abs-cbnNews.com article.
Willie Revillame is on leave “indefinitely” in the wake of the controversy generated by his order to cut the simultaneous live broadcast of the procession of President Corazon Aquino’s remains from his noontime show last August 3.
“Yes, naka-leave [siya]. From his (Revillame) own text [message] to me, indefinitely,” Bong Osorio, head of ABS-CBN’s corporate communications, told abs-cbnNEWS.com in a phone interview.
For those who haven’t seen it, here’s the YouTube clip of Revillame commenting on the Aquino cortege video.
A report from the Manila Bulletin, however, has stated that Revillame has gone on a three-week leave.
In an interview with Philippine Entertainment Portal, “Wowowee” director and Star Magic head Johnny Manahan spoke up in defense of Revillame. The article noted that Manahan was speaking as a “personal friend and ally” of Revillame and not in an official capacity for the network.
According to this column piece on PhilStar.com, Kris Aquino said Revillame has apologized to her and her family, and that for her, “end of story na.”
Meanwhile, on Aug. 7, Aquino family spokesperson Dee Dee Siytangco rebuked Revillame, issuing a statement that said: “It is regrettable and a crass attempt to desecrate the memory of the beloved Tita Cory.”
Another abs-cbnNews.com story dated Aug. 7 reported that Revillame apologized anew, and that the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board was mulling sanctions against Revillame.
On Aug. 6, the Alyansa ng Filipinong Mamamahayag issued a statement against Revillame, condemning his arrogance and calling on the MTRCB to give him “the hardest lesson.”
Will Revillame be returning to “Wowowee,” and will ABS-CBN issue an official statement about his leave?