KBP: No cheating in ‘Wilyonaryo’ incident
KBP: No cheating in ‘Wilyonaryo’ incident; Willie innocent
“Wowowee” host Willie Revillame has been cleared of charges of cheating during the Wilyonaryo segment of the popular afternoon game show by the Standards Authority Committee of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster sa Pilipinas (KBP).
The committee launched an investigation on the incident in September after the August 20 incident, where it appeared as if Revillame had rigged the result of the Wilyonaryo segment, a game of chance where a contestant stands to win big prizes, including a house and lot and a million pesos.
A video of the August 20, 2007 Wilyonaryo has been uploaded onto Youtube and been the subject of much analysis and argument.
The KBP investigation concluded however, that no cheating occured and that the apparent rigging of the game’s result actually stemmed from a design flaw in the game paraphernalia used.
The KBP panel also recommended that ABS-CBN discontinue the game or make changes to get rid of the design flaw. (The management of ABS-CBN has already removed the Wilyonaryo segment from “Wowowee”).
Revillame however is not completely off the hook, yet. The KBP is still investigating a supposed verbal attack made by Revillame against comedian and host Joey de Leon.
De Leon is the host of “Eat, Bulaga” a noontime variety show aired over GMA-7 and “Wowowee” closest competitor.
KBP legal counsel Rudolph Jularbal said they found probable cause that Revillame may have violated the KBP code of ethics with his remarks against de Leon, but made it clear that the investigation is not yet finished.
Both De Leon and Revillame traded verbal stingers during the height of the controversy. De Leon remarked that Revillame’s “hands tell the story”.
Revillame later countered with a reminder that de Leon’s hands are not lily-white either, mentioning a rape case filed by in 1982 by bold star Pepsi Paloma against de Leon, actor Vic Sotto and comedian Richie D’Horsey.
At the time, the de Leon and the Sotto brothers were part of a comedy trio known as “Tito, Vic and Joey” while D’Horsey appeared with them as their sidekick.
They were the hosts of “Eat, Bulaga!” the number one noontime show for nearly three decades, until it was overtaken by “Wowowee”.
Fans of “Eat, Bulaga!” still recall how the three made a public apology, kneeling in front of the cameras during one episode, to ask forgiveness for whatever wrong they may have done during the rape case brouhaha.
The case was eventually dismissed by a court after the bold star agreed to drop the charges. Pepsi Paloma committed suicide by hanging in 1985. With a report from Apples Jalandoni