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Joey tells Willie: Explain before you complain

August 30, 2007 4:29pm

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Comedian Joey de Leon on Thursday scored Willie Revillame, host of the ABS-CBN variety show "Wowowee", for resorting to personal attacks to dodge questions about alleged cheating in the program's game segment.

"Explain before you complain," De Leon said several times, even prompting the Eat Bulaga live audience to recite the line.

De Leon took the Broadway Centrum stage to himself for 15 minutes, choosing his words carefully and deliberately veering away from mentioning Revillame and "Wowowee."

It was very clear, however, that De Leon was taking aim at Revillame, whom the former said should "learn how to cry with tears."

Revillame earlier unloaded an emotional message over "Wowowee," wherein he expressed bitterness over how De Leon allegedly branded him as a cheat. His voice was full of rancor, but indeed no tears were shed.

Before any personal attacks are made, De Leon said Revillame should first explain the alleged "irregularities" in the "Wowowee" segment.

"Ipaliwanang mo yung detalye kung bakit nagkaganun ... Pag-aralan mo na magpaliwanang kung may dapat ka na ipaliwanang na 'di umano ay pagkakamali mo," said De Leon.

De Leon said he was not accusing Revillame and the program of "cheating," insisting that what he knew about the August 20 incident on "Wowowee" was limited to what he saw over video sharing website YouTube and various text messages.

"Nagkaroon ng, ni hindi dayaan ang sinasabi (ng tao sa akin), hindi normal o hindi regular na pangyayari sa isang palabas sa isang telebisyon," De Leon said in describing the alleged "act."

De Leon ended his message by alluding to the high-profile Senate investigation on the "Hello, Garci" wiretap controversy.

"Inuuna nyo yang 'Hello, Garci.' Bakit hindi niyo muna unahin itong 'Hello, Pappy,'" De Leon said, a dig at Revillame's nickname, Pappy.

For his part, Revillame said the "people" do not need an explanation from him.

Responding to De Leon's "Hello, Pappy" remark, Revillame said that, "Hindi ko kailangan ng Senado. Kailangan ko mga totoong tao. Ang taong bayan ang kailangan ko."

"Wala akong dapat i-explain kasi wala namang nagko-complain," Revillame said on Wowowee that same day.

In the controversial video, Revillame was seen pulling out the cover of a box to supposedly reveal the number "2" hidden in it, which a contestant was not able to pick during the game.

A number "0" instead popped out. Revillame quipped that he was holding the actual number "2" in his hands before pulling out from behind the box another cardboard containing the number.

ABS-CBN Network already issued a statement over the incident, which it said was an "honest mistake" that happened due to a "mechanical glitch" during the reveal portion.

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