ABS-CBN refuses to release Willie

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 09 2010 06:19 PM | Updated as of Aug 10 2010 02:19 AM

MANILA, Philippines – ABS-CBN Corp. on Monday said it would not release television host Willie Revillame from his contract obligations with the company.

In a statement, Bong Osorio, head of ABS-CBN Corporate Communications, reiterated the network’s previous stance that it is holding Revillame to his contract obligations until the agreement expires in September 2011.

He maintained that as an “aggrieved party,” ABS-CBN is the only one, not Revillame, that can decide whether to end the contract.

“He violated the behavioral provisions of his contract when he threatened the ABS-CBN management during the May 4, 2010 episode of Wowowee, with a resignation if management does not fire another artist of the network. His behavior was generally seen as a display of disrespect and arrogance, completely unacceptable to the Filipino public,” Osorio said.

“As the one who violated his contract, Willie has no right to have it unilaterally invalidated…. The one who violates the contract cannot be allowed to dictate whether it should continue or end. Otherwise, contracts will have no value and may be terminated based on whim,” Osorio added.

On Monday, Revillame held a press conference to announce that he is rescinding his contract with the network as he aired his objections to its decision to cancel “Wowowee.”

Revillame also declined a weekly television program offered by the network on Channel 2 and a possible TV show at Studio 23.

Below is the network's full official statement:

We take note of Willie Revillame's pronouncements in his press conference today.

Willie is bound to ABS-CBN by a contract until September 2011. He violated the behavioral provisions of his contract when he threatened the ABS-CBN management during the May 4, 2010 episode of Wowowee, with a resignation if management does not fire another artist of the network. His behavior was generally seen as a display of disrespect and arrogance, completely unacceptable to the Filipino public.

As the one who violated his contract, Willie has no right to have it unilaterally invalidated. Contracts are binding agreements that must be respected by the contracting parties involved. The one who violates the contract cannot be allowed to dictate whether it should continue or end. Otherwise, contracts will have no value and may be terminated based on whim.

ABS-CBN is the aggrieved party, and as such, is the only one that can decide to end the agreement.

Despite all that had happened, ABS-CBN was willing to continue with the contract. Willie however, refused to take responsibility for his actions.

ABS-CBN wishes to reiterate that it will hold Willie to his obligations under the contract which expires September 2011.