ABS-CBN releases statement refuting insinuations made by Willie Revillame's camp.
ABS-CBN has denied any involvement in the provocation of various violent reactions and investigation on Willie Revillame and his program on TV5. Willie’s camp, particularly his legal counsel Atty. Leonard De Vera, insinuated that the Kapamilya network started the big controversy regarding the episode in Willing Willie
wherein a young boy danced ‘ala-macho dancer’ and given a ten thousand peso prize, now perceived by different sectors as child abuse.
The official statement released last April 13 by Bong Osorio, head of ABS-CBN Corporate Communications, reads, "We categorically deny that ABS-CBN has anything to do with the Jan-Jan episode. Records speak for itself. We are not a complainant in this case, and have not made any public statement about it.
Indeed, it is incredible that ABS-CBN, as insinuated by Atty. Leonard De Vera, can possibly have control over the countless groups and individuals who have expressed their indignation over the issue, including Facebook, Twitter, major advertisers, government bodies, the church, academic communities, among others.
It is a general accusation bereft of any details and is obviously meant to divert the issue by dragging ABS-CBN's name."
Willie has decided to temporarily pull out his show from airing while the incident is being investigated by numerous agencies which include the Movie and Television Ratings and Classification Board (MTRCB), the Commission on Human Rights, and the Kapisanan ng mga Broadcasters sa Pilipinas (KBP). (reports from TV Patrol)