Willie Revillame and TV5 issue apology for Willing Willie's 'Jan-Jan' March 12 episode

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Willing Willie host Willie Revillame, its producers and the TV5 Management have issued a joint statement expressing their sincerest apologies to the March 12, 2011 episode of Willing Willie.

That particular episode featured 6-year-old studio player Jan-Jan Suan for the show's "Wiltime Bigtime" segment wherein the child did a "macho dancing" during the talent portion. (Watch video HERE).

Here's Willie Revillame and TV5's statement of apology as posted on Interaksyon.com, the online news portal of TV5:

Mr. Willie Revillame, the producers of "Willing Willie" and TV5 sincerely and deeply apologize for the segment of the show featuring 6-year-old Jan-Jan Suan which viewers may have found offensive or in bad taste. We wish to stress that there was never any intention to humiliate or abuse Jan-Jan or any contestant on the show.

"Willing Willie" is a program that was conceptualized to bring joy and hope and shine the spotlight on ordinary Filipinos. The program aims to provide a venue for everyone to show their talents, tell their stories and make their dreams come true. This is the thrust of everyone involved in the program, particularly its host, Willie Revillame.

Like most contestants on the show, Jan-Jan, accompanied by his aunt, joined the program to showcase his talent and play in a game segment in the hope of bringing home big prizes. He has performed in the past in school programs and mall contests, and his performance in "Willing Willie" was completely voluntary and with the blessings of his parents.

He appeared to be sad or even in tears, not because he was being forced to dance, but because he felt the dance was "serious" and he was playing a role. He did not want to smile because of his missing upper front teeth and because of the presence on the set of former basketball player Bonel Balingit who Jan-jan thought was a scary "giant".

Again, TV5 and Wil Productions express profound regret for any insensitivity on their part, and wish to thank all those who have expressed concern. We are always grateful to be reminded of our obligations to the viewing public. In turn, we hope to make clear that the objective of the show has always been to bring joy and hope to Filipinos, whether they are participating on the show or viewing at home.


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As what you can read in the statement, it says that what Jan-Jan did was completely voluntary. But how can they explain the later part of the show wherein Jan-Jan was shown dancing on a platform? Was it still voluntary? Did Jan-Jan ask for it or was asked to do so by Willie?


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10 Comment(s):

  1. An apology is not enough. TV5 officials, the show's producers, especially Willie Revillame, and staff should be required to undergo a seminar on human rights, esp. of children, women and people with disabilities. By so doing, hopefully, they will learn to bring "hope and joy" to the poor in a manner that recognizes, respects and upholds human rights, and uplifts human dignity. TV5 and the show of Mr Revillame must adopt guidelines vis-a-vis the treatment of children, women and other groups that are often ridiculed, insulted and made fun of in the name of "entertainment."

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  2. I don't understand why Willie is still watched in TV? He is a bad influence! If he want to help poor people why cant he just put up a Charity? Instead of putting it on TV and pretend like he's saint?

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  3. willie revillame is a bad influence to the young kids, i don't think this is the solution for poverty. instead of helping them "lalo nya lang pinababa ang pagkatao nito, like HIM.

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  4. mabait pong tao si willie..FYI..... po sa inyo... c willie po ay mahal ng taong bayan...hindi nyo masisi c willie kung ng hohost pa din sya up to now... kasi...yung mga tao ang ngtutulak sa kanya pra mag host...marami lang bumabatikos sa kanya..kasi..magaling at mas MAS SIKAT SIYA.. yun ang toto.. naiinggit lang ung mga taong naninira sa kanya...

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  5. mabait pong tao si willie..FYI..... po sa inyo... c willie po ay mahal ng taong bayan...hindi nyo masisi c willie kung ng hohost pa din sya up to now... kasi...yung mga tao ang ngtutulak sa kanya pra mag host...marami lang bumabatikos sa kanya..kasi..magaling at mas MAS SIKAT SIYA.. yun ang toto.. naiinggit lang ung mga taong naninira sa kanya...

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  6. grabe naman kau... pnapasaya lang ni willie ung mga tao... atska.. about dun s issue sa bata...na 6 yrs old.. sbi ng father nung bata.. ganu daw talga sumayaw ung anak nya...hhayy..... grabe naman mga tao ngaun.. masyadong INSECURE... purke sikat ung tao...at mahal ng mga tao... ginagawan ng butas.. para maalis....

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  7. bakit ba kau nakikita nyo lang ang mga pagkakamali??bkit yung mha nagagawa ni willie na mabu buti hindi nyo yon nakikita??kayo gus2 nyo lang manira ng tao,puro kau daldal wala nman kayo naitulong sa tao,especially sa mga taong mahihirap,gus2 nyo lang kasi pabagsakin si willie eh,mga inggit lang kayo,dapat nga matuwa kayo dahil kahit papaano may nagmamagandang loob sa mga taong mahihirap,kaya keep your mouth shot na lang ok!!at 22o yung sinabi ni willie na hindi nya lam kung ano ang gagawin ng mga contestants,kya nga nya tinatanong eh kung ano ba ang gagawin nila performance sa stage,kaya dapat kayo lawakan nyo ang isip nyo at hwag panaigin ang inggit ok,kaya hindi umunlad ang pilipino dahil sa inggit,may mga artista nga hindi nmna sila nakakatulong gaya ng ginagawa ni willie sa mga tao,ano ba kayo tumahimik na lang kayo puro lang kayo comment eh,minsan nman BIG OMPLIMENTS NMAN SA MGA GINAGAWA NI WILLIE OK,SINO BA ANG ARTISTA NA NAG DONATE NG 50 MILLION PESOS,WALA DI BA??ANG SAGOT AY NAG IISA LANG KUNG HINDI SI WILLIE REVILLAME WHO ONLY DID IT!!!

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  8. how do you know that willie is a bad influence for the young kids??you have no ideas ok!!you only know manghusga ng tao,kung papanoorin mo yung video hindi nya pinababa ang pagkatao nung bata ok!!!keep your mouth shot na lang kasi siguro your so jelous.......

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  9. kawawa naman talaga minsan ang ibang pinoy... inaabuso na nga sila hindi pa nila alam :-( inaakala pa rin nila na mabuting tao ang mga tulad ni willie samantalang nambobola lang sya. kaninong pera ba ang pinamimigay nya sa show nila? galing yun sa advertisers at hindi sa kanyang sariling bulsa. inaangat nya lagi ang sarili nya, pinaniniwalaan naman siya ng iba. nakakalungkot ito. pati bata, ginagamit nya para lang "sumaya" ang show? anong klaseng saya yun? anong klase ng tao ang hindi makaintindi na kaabusohan na iyon? ganun na ba kababaw ang utak nating mga pinoy?

    kulang at malabnaw ang "apology" na ito ng TV5. sana makagawa naman sila ng higit na makabuluhang hakbang upang makabawi sa batang si Jan-jan at sa mga pilipino na natangko ang delikaseda sa ginawa ng walang utak na si willie.

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  10. Personal na opinion;

    Sana Willie and all involved should know that the incident is not appropriate. Unless they firmly believe that it was still appropriate. Then sorry for me.

    Maano ba naman kon hininto or somebody intervened para maagapan ang pagkakamali. Na platform pa ba?.

    Willie and TV5 have apologized but parang naniniwala pa rin sila na ang incidinte ay tama at walang mali. They apologized dahil ang marami believed that there was "any" insensitivity on their part which probably is not clear to them. Yan ang pagkaintindi ko. O baka mali rin ako ano?

    May mga gawain na kahit hindi labag sa batas ay hindi pa rin nararapat.

    Kahit malayo let us take the example of Ka Dolphy in his recent filmfest film. Na shoot na nila so okay lang, pero may mga nakapuna na parang some parts were inappropriate. It was brought to their attention. Nagpakumbaba at humingi ng despensa. They remedied the situation.
    They honorably redeemed themselves. It has nothing to do with the awards pero nanalo pa rin si Ka Dolphy.

    Ang problema maraming issue ang pinasok, maraming nadadamay, mga hinagpis, mga sama ng loob. Na aggavate lalo ma pa korte, highly skilled lawyers, etc. Baka abutin pa ito sa independent tribunal. Naku naman.

    Para sa akin the incident was morally wrong. Kung hindi man nakasaad sa batas na ito ay mali, let this be a landmark to create one para maprotectahan ang mga bata (with or without consent even from the guardian or parent).

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