The online petition filed by Roel C. Saguisag received global support from the TFC (ABS-CBN)-watching viewers. With over 35 thousand signatures received since August 5 when President Aquino was laid to her final resting place at Manila Memorial Park, the petition has surely received the support of many. Proper television etiquette is being demanded of Willie Revillame whose short temper was displayed as he asked the staff of Wowowee to remove President Cory Aquino’s Funeral inset from the his show. The petition is showing more and more that the issue is no longer because he disrespected Tita Cory (for which he has already apologized and to which the Aquino Family has accepted), but for the fact that his attitude on the show has been seen repeatedly by thousands who view the show worldwide.
According to an article written at MB.com:
“He feels isolated,” said friend and Wowowee director Johnny “Mr. M” Manahan who has taken the cudgels for his beleaguered colleague.
Manahan revealed that Revillame had relieved himself of his duties from the show “for the time being.”
“He has been asked to go on leave [starting] Monday [Aug. 10] but he did not wait. I don’t know when he will be back. He is in limbo right now,” Manahan disclosed.
MTCRB, NPC and AFIMA have also chimed in with their reactions to the influx of discontent from Pinoy viewers worldwide:
“It is wrong. What he [Willie] did was objectionable. It is against the broadcast code of ethics of the KBP (Kapisanan ng Brodkaster ng Pilipinas) and then sa part ng MTRCB, Sec. 3 of PD 1986 that of being objectionable and contrary to good customs and tradition,” Laguardia said.
The National Press Club (NPC) and the Alyansa ng Filipinong Mamahayag (AFIMA) also expressed their dismay over Revillame’s remark.
“Siguro dapat mabigyan siya ng leksyon ngayon. Iba na to eh. Ibang case na to eh (He should be taught a lesson this time. This is a different case),” said AFIMA president Jerry Yap.
“Sobra na ito. Kung hindi niya titigilan yung ganong attitude niya, I don’t think dapat pa siyang panoorin ng tao (If he will not change his attitude I don’t think people should continue watching him),” said NPC president Benny Antiporda.
The most intriguing part, even Joey de Leon whom Willie had a very controversial exchange of words as televised during their respective shows in the past also chimed in:
“Eh pa’ano kung siya pinaparada? Huling pamamaalam na ‘yun…dapat hindi paalisin…kabastusan ‘yun…kababuyan ‘yun.”
De Leon’s “Eat Bulaga” co-host Vic Sotto rejoined, “Ang baboy kahit damitan mo ng ginto ay baboy pa rin,” during a portion on the show on Aug. 8.
Mr. Johnny Manahan has spoken outwardly in defense of his friend Willie but received the same attacks as well.
Roto Gold said in one comment:
Oh come, Mr. M!
Just because he is NOW a major talent, iba na ang level ng tolerance mo!
ABS-CBN forever said:
COME ON MR. M “Because he is perfectionist”
Do it to himselft first.
To Mr M, siguro nga kailangan mo rin ng time alone, parang distorted na rin ang values mo and also to others that think that Willie is a saint na walang pwedeng magawa na mali eh ang mahirap mas marami syang mali na ginawa kaysa kabaitan.
But Mr. M received some support from other viewers as well.
Im glad to hear that from you Mr M.
Kita ko ang segment na yon, wala akong nakitang masama. Talaga mga inggitero sa kanya super exaggerate ang issue.
Although Mr. M has come out defending Willie Revillame, he did mention the host’s issue with his “on-air outbursts” and that he had spoken to Willie about this in the past adding “He has to work on this because it has caught up with him but the incident was not caused by him alone.”
Meanwhile, as the article had stated – ABS-CBN executives are rallying behind willie Revillame. I guess the Filipino people will just have to wait what MTCRB, NPC, and AFIMA will do. According to the article:
“It was an internal communication problem. Willie…. loves Tita Cory and wanted to honor her that day. [His outburst] was taken out of context,” said Cory Vidanes, the network’s television head.
Bong Osorio, head of ABS-CBN’s corporate communications, said they respect the “comments and diverse reactions” but that they have heard Revillame’s side and they believe “Willie was able to explain appropriately.” – Source
Adding insult to injury, Joey De Leon created a poem in his column that was published on the Philippine Star:
The funeral cortege of former Pres. Cory Aquino: My tears came naturally
Wala na sa piling ng mga Pilipino,
Tinig ng awiting Mga Kababayan Ko,
At lumisan na rin noong isang Sabado,
Inang nagpalipad sa awiting Bayan Ko.
Ako’y sumasaludo, paalam Pangulo,
May isa ‘kong lihim, kay tagal itinago,
Sa lahat nang inabot kong mga namuno,
Tanging ikaw lang sa luha ko’y nagpatulo.
Marami ang nalungkot sa iyong pagyao,
Magalang ang lahat at puno ng respeto,
Nagpasalamat pa nga Kapamilya sa ‘yo,
Dahil kanilang himpilan naibalik mo.
Subalit ano itong nabalitaan ko?
Nangyari noong Lunes, a-tres ng Agosto,
Habang inililipat ang mga labi mo,
Ika’y parang nabastos sa isang TV show.
At ang napakasaklap at masakit dito,
Ang nambastos pa’y kapamilya ng anak mo,
Napanood ito ng tao at publiko,
Kakaunti na nga, ngunit lahat nahilo.
Sabi ng TV host na mainit ang ulo
Pagkakita sa video na kanyang kasalo,
“Sandali, meron akong ano… sa’ting ano…
Hindi naman sa ano,” nagkaanu-ano!
Ayon sa Internet, meron pa s’yang nasambit,
“Sana pakitanggal muna ‘yan sa’ting traffic…”
At ‘di maaalis sa iyong pag-iisip,
Ang parada ng patay ang pinaliligpit!
At dagdag pa daw ng naghahari-harian,
“I don’t think na dapat n’yong ipakita iyan…”
Nasaan naman ang paggalang, o nasaan?
Mga sinasabi natin minsa’y pag-ingatan.
At ‘di pa nangimi nang sumunod na araw,
Pinilit pa ring ginawa n’ya ay tama raw,
Mga nakarinig ‘di na nakagalaw
At ayon sa iba sila na la’y napa-wow!
“… Pero ako, totoo ‘ko eh … “, sabi kuno,
Totoo nga at totoo ring walang modo,
Pwede namang sabihin itong pa-sikreto,
Kaya’t wala na rin mga paliwanag mo.
“Kung ganyan, pakita na lang ‘yan!”, ang hamon pa,
Para bang ang prusisyon nila-“lang – lang” lang ba,
Ang pangasiwaan ay pinapili pa n’ya,
Sumunod ang himpilan, nung August 5 wala s’ya.
May mga komentong pwede nang pang-harapan,
“On camera” baga sa TV ang tawag d’yan
At kung sensitibo man ang gustong bitawan,
Pagpasok ng commercial, hintayin mo na lang.
Matutong magbaba muna ng mikropono
At saka idikta lahat ng iyong gusto,
Lagi kang mataas lahat daw takot sa ‘yo,
Ratings lang ang mababa — totoo ba ito?
The breaking news breaks your heart — at ‘yan ang bawi mo,
Nang mahalata mong sumablay ang pasok mo,
Pero sigurado ika’y maa-abswelto,
‘Di ba ikaw rin ang may-ari ng network n’yo?
Nung Hueves nag-apologize sa diario naman,
O, akala ko ba wala kang kasalanan,
Tapos ng angalan, sunod paliwanagan —
COMPLAIN before you EXPLAIN ka na naman!
O ito kaya ay isa na namang “glitch” lang,
Tulad ng “two-zero” ‘di na natin nalaman,
O ito ay maliwanag na kabobohan?
Sa tingin ng marami, mahirap lusutan.
Ang sabi ng iba — istupidong mayabang,
At giit ng iba — istupidong mayaman,
Mayaman man o mayabang ang tiyak diyan,
Napakayaman n’ya sa kaistupiduhan.
Buti pa ang apat na honor guards ni Cory —
Sina Malab, Laguindan, Rodriguez, Cadiente,
Walong oras tumayo sa ulan at viaje,
Ang lahat ay tiniis at walang sinabi.
Samantalang ikaw na may bubong sa ulo,
Komportable ka lang sa malamig na studio,
Nang kapirasong libing sa TV sumalo,
Angal at inis ang sumambulat sa iyo.
Maaari din namang pabayaan na s’ya,
Subalit ang nangyari’y mabigat talaga,
Namayapang pangulo’y huling paalam na,
‘Di mo pa pinagbigyan … hoy, nag-iisa ka!
At nais ko lang sabihin at ipagyabang
Sa mahigit na s’yam na libong tanghalian,
Sa limang pangulong sa Bulaga’y dumaan,
Kahit isa wala kaming nilapastangan. – Source