Willie Revillame, host of the popular ABS-CBN noontime show Wowowee, is on leave indefinitely and has been forgiven by the family of former Philippine president Corazon “Cory” Aquino, but the online petition calling for his ouster continues to gather signatures from Filipinos worldwide.
As of this writing, the online petition now has 48,009 signatures. The irate viewers are protesting Revillame’s on-air comments on the Aquino cortege video that was shown as an inset during the airing of Wowowee.
Revillame’s critics have also set up the Anti Willie Revillame Movement Facebook Group, which now has over 5,000 members.
Meanwhile, the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board has filed a complaint and called for the preventive suspension of Revillame.
You may also check out Rodel Rodis’ “Oust Willie!” column piece for Global Nation at INQUIRER.net. Here’s an excerpt.
CALIFORNIA, United States—The death of Corazon Aquino produced an unprecedented outpouring of collective sorrow, with hundreds of thousands lining up at the Manila Cathedral to personally bid her farewell, from marginalized squatters to high society matrons, from leftist revolutionaries to rightist coup plotters.
The one discordant note in the otherwise unified sea of harmony came from Wowowee host Willie Revillame, who complained on the air that showing the Cory funeral cortege was sucking the fun out of his hugely popular ABS-CBN variety show.
For other Revillame-related new stories, check out my previous blog entry.
Here’s a copy of the video in case you haven’t seen it yet.
You may sign the online petition to oust Revillame here.