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DTI wraps up Wowowee probe

October 13, 2008 10:51pm
MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on Monday formally released the results of its investigation on the administrative charges filed against a defunct segment of ABS-CBN noontime show.

In its 11-page decision, the DTI found the defunct "Wilyonaryo," segment of the noontime show Wowowee, to have violated Republic Act 7394 or the Consumers Act of the Philippines, a report of GMANews 24 Oras’ Susan Enriquez said.

"A reasonable assessment of the existing game mechanics and procedures implemented at the time of the subject 20 August 2007 Wilyonaryo episode reveals that the game show segment allowed a reasonable likelihood of error and provided the host and organizers significant latitude in controlling the outcome of the contest," the decision said.

With such developments, the bureau ordered the ABS-CBN to pay the P290,000 fine and come up with an execution of written undertaking, the report added.

GMA News tried to get the side of ABS-CBN regarding the issue Monday but they were told that ABS would not be able to give its side for the meantime.

It was on August 20, 2007 that "Wilyonaryo" became controversial because the violet "jackpot" wheel contained two numbers "0"and "2," a report from Philippine Entertainment Portal said.

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