Willie draws flak for cutting Cory live stream

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 04 2009 01:34 PM | Updated as of Aug 06 2009 07:12 PM

MANILA – “Wowowee” host Willie Revillame on Tuesday apologized on television after he drew criticisms for ordering the removal of the live streaming of former President Corazon Aquino’s procession from his show. 

“Sa sitwasyon na ito, kung may nasaktan ako, I'm sorry. Sa pamilya Aquino, alam ng buong pamilya Aquino [na] wala akong masamang intention doon,” Revillame said in his show on Tuesday.

He added: “Ayaw ko pong nagsasaya tayo dito, mayroon tayong labi na nakikita sa TV.”

On Monday a visibly irked Revillame asked to stop the airing of Mrs. Aquino’s cortege from La Salle Green Hills to Manila Cathedral, which was being beamed live simultaneously with the noontime show.

The controversial host explained that it was inappropriate to broadcast it while they were having fun inside the studio. He added that it would be hard for him to make the public happy when he could see on screen the casket of Mrs. Aquino.

"Paano kami makakapagsaya [kung] nahihirapan kami? Huwag niyo akong papagalitan kasi totoo ang sinasabi ko. Pagkatapos ng show, ipakita niyo ang gusto niyong ipalabas. Kasi itong ‘Wowowee’ gusto ko, at alam din ni Tita Cory dahil napasaya rin siya ng show na ito, [dapat] laging masaya dito," Revillame said.

His staff immediately removed the live streaming from the screen.

‘Utterly disrespectful’

Revillame’s action drew instant criticisms. In their Facebook accounts, some people branded it as “utterly disrespectful,” “really bad,” and “damn stupid.”

“He has the gall to say that on national TV!?!?!?!?! He's beyond himself,” one wrote.

Another said: “He thinks he's all that.”

No bad intention

On Tuesday, Revillame defended himself by saying that prior to the incident, he called ABS-CBN entertainment production head Linggit Tan asking her to remove the live streaming. 

He told Tan that he does not want to come across as someone without a conscience.

“Nakakahiya. Sabi ko, ‘ako ang nakaharap sa camera. Sa akin magagalit.’ Nagsasaya [ako]. Akala niyo wala akong konsensiya,” he said.

He said he only reacted after he saw the funeral procession again on the screen.

He also divulged that before the airing of his Monday show, he even told ABS-CBN management that he was willing to give way to the live coverage of Mrs. Aquino’s funeral.

The host appealed for the understanding of the public.
 
“Uulitin ko po, wala akong kinakatakutan sa pangyayaring ‘yan. Wala po akong mali sa ginawa ko, dahil in my heart and in my soul, malaki po ang respeto ko sa pamilya Aquino at kay Tita Cory,” he said. -abs-cbnNEWS.com