- Willie Revillame called out news site Rappler for using the word “hijack” in its news article
- He explained the reason why he was in the press briefing of Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque
- The TV host also mentioned that he did not “hijack” the virtual conference of Roque
- Meanwhile, Rappler reporter Pia Ranada fired back over the statement of Willie
TV host Willie Revillame aired his frustrations over the recent report of news site Rappler regarding his press briefing with Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.
KAMI learned that Willie called out Rappler reporter Pia Ranada for using the word “hijack” in her report.
During the episode of "Tutok To Win" on Monday, Willie explained that he did not “hijack” the press briefing of Roque.
He shared that he was invited by the Presidential Spokesperson to announce and thank him for his P5 million donation to jeepney drivers whose livelihood was affected by the COVID-19 crisis.
“Mayroon pong lumabas na write-up. Ito po eh galing sa Rappler at mayroon pong sinabi don na ako daw ho ay nag-hijack o bilang I stole the show,” Willie said.
The report of Ranada has a headline: “Willie Revillame hijacks Roque press briefing to promote charity, GMA7 show.”
According to Willie, the Palace requested from him to use his studio because the studios owned by the government were temporarily closed because of COVID-19 cases.
“Kami ho nag-ayos niya, early morning, para ho may magamit si Secretary Roque,” he said.
“Bumalik sila last Friday, nung last Friday po sabi niya, ‘Baka huling na naming itong araw, pwede bang lumabas ka lang para lang mapasalamatan kita ng personal’,” he explained.
However, the TV host shared that for him, the word “hijack” has a negative connotation.
“Ang alam ko sa hijack, may hino-hostage ka, may dala kang armas at nangha-hijack ka. Ang ibig ko hong sabihin, hindi ho maganda yung pagkasulat. Hinijack ko daw yung programang ‘yon.
“Sana sa pagsulat mo, alamin mo muna kung ano ang istorya. Kaya nga sinasabihan kayo na fake news kayo, hindi totoo ang sinasabi mo.
“Never akong mangha-hijack. Kung pala ang hijack ay kabutihan, e, di mang-hijack na lang tayo, kung magbibigay ang hijacker ng five million,” he said.
In response to the statement of Willie, Rappler reporter Pia Ranada took to social media her explanation.
“Hi Willie Revillame! Ito po ang ilang mga ibang depinisyon ng ‘hijack’ kung sakaling inaakusahan mo ako ng fake news dahil ang intindi mo sa ‘hijack’ ay pagnakaw ng sasakyan,” she said.
Pia also shared screenshots to show as proof that the word “hijack” has different meanings.
Willie Revillame is a famous host in the Philippines. He is known for his generosity and helping many Filipinos.
Earlier, Willie went viral after he vowed to donate P5 million to the jeepney drivers who got affected by the COVID-19 crisis.
During one of his episodes of Tutok To Win, Willie shouted the words “Salamat, SONA!” and he did not provide further details.
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