PHILIPPINES NEWS SERVICE — CONTROVERSIAL television show host Willie Revillame found himself in hot water again after he allegedly objected on air to the insertion of a footage of former President Corazon Aquino’s cortege on his show “Wowowee” last Monday.
National Press Club president Benny Antiporda said ABS-CBN should teach Revillame lessons on humility and respect, the same virtues exemplified by Mrs. Aquino.
“His sheer display of arrogance when he lashed at the network management for showing footages of President Cory’s cortege was downright distasteful. His grumpiness was deeply annoying,” he said.
Antiporda said Revillame must be reminded that his privilege as an entertainer should not be abused. He said he should have sacrificed a day or two of his top-earning show as that would have prevented people to revolt against his grandstanding.
“Mr. Revillame should be reminded that without President Aquino, his show would not be of existence,” Antiporda said.
Jerry Yap, Alyansa ng Filipinong Mamamahayag president, said for Revillame to demand the removal of the little window screen showing the transfer of the funeral march of the woman who got ABS-CBN back from Marcos is a blasphemy of democracy.
“He may have the right to demand it but he never waited until the next commercial break to quietly do it. We have forgiven him when he did a trick on a prize-giving event. But this latest caper is already too much. He is already desecrating the symbol of democracy,” Yap added.
AFIMA urged the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board to give Revillame a lesson.
Revillame, on Tuesday, apologized to his viewers and to the Aquino family for hurting their feelings. He said “hindi lang po maganda na nagsasaya kami dito habang nagluluksa ang sambayanang Pilipino.”