Sunday, October 10, 2010

A Repost From Manila Bulletin

Court Defers Decision on ABS-CBN's TRO vs. Willie Revillame

MANILA, Philippines - The Quezon City Regional Trial Court deferred its decision on the Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) filed by ABS-CBN against Willie Revillame to prevent him from working for rival network TV5.

Revillame, together with his lawyers and entertainment columnist-talent manager Lolit Solis and the Kapamilya network's camp, faced each other in a hearing at the QC-RTC on Oct. 8 before Judge Luisito Cortez, reported DZMM.

The network filed the said charge, as well as the writ of preliminary injunction against their estranged talent last Oct. 5.

ABS-CBN, in its 38-page resolution, firmly maintained that Revillame remains bound by his contract with the network and his entrance to a deal with TV5, as well as launching the variety show "Willing-Willie" in the said station (which is allegedly similar to his defunct noontime show on ABS-CBN, "Wowowee"), therefore violates his contractual obligations.

Revillame, meanwhile, decided to rescind his contract with the Kapamilya network last August, saying that the latter violated provisions stated in their contract. With this, he asked the court to confirm his contract rescission and slapped ABS-CBN with an 11 million-peso damage suit.

Prior to this, the TV host announced last Sept. 18 that he has jumped ship to TV5. ABS-CBN, in turn, asked the court to compel Revillame to show his new contract to prove that he has violated his still-existing contract with ABS-CBN. However, in a report on the Philippine Daily Inquirer last Oct. 7, Revillame's camp refused to do so on the ground that the document in question is "privileged."

More, Revillame claims that ABS-CBN is going on a "fishing expedition" in order to prove his alleged violations stated in its 486 million-peso counterclaim.

The DZMM report added that Maxim Uy, legal counsel of ABS-CBN, said that while they can't do anything (at least for now) if "Willing-Willie" gets aired, their stand regarding his contract and his alleged violations remains.

They have also submitted their motion, upon which the court will decide after Oct. 15.

In a series of tweet updates on PEP Scoopbox last Friday, members of the ABS-CBN Employees Union flocked the Quezon City Justice Hall to offer support for the controversial TV host. These employees, PEP added, are those that have been laid off.

Upon Revillame and his camp's arrival at nine in the morning, his supporters, who were also at the venue, roared with cheers for the now-Kapatid prized star.

After the hearing, Revillame and his lawyer Atty. Paul Javalera Bongco assured his fans that "Willing-Willie" is pushing through (reports say on Oct. 23, Saturday).

"Tuloy po ang programa ng bawat Pilipino. Malaki ang utang na loob ko kay Sir Gabby (Lopez, ABS-CBN Chairman), kay Ma'am Charo (Santos-Concio, ABS-CBN President) pero doon na ko sa gusto sa akin," said he in an article posted on

Reposted From Manila Bulletin

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