The Court of Appeals has ordered the arrest of TV personality and host Willie Revillame over the child abuse case filed against him by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). In the March 12, 2011 episode of his former TV program “Willing-Willie”, the host publicly encouraged a 6-year old boy to dance in a manner unfit for the child’s age.
The lawyers of Revillame filed a motion for reconsideration so that the case against the TV host would be void and to prevent his arrest but this was denied by the 13 division of the Court of Appeals in a three paged resolution dated April 11. The Court found no merits in the arguments of Willie Revillame about the case he is currently facing.
The CA also affirmed the previous decision of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court (QC-RTC) that there was a basis for the case filed against Willie Revillame. The QC-RTC issued a warrant of arrest for the host on October 4, 2013 but the host was immediately able to have himself bailed out.
According to the resolution, the CA carefully reviewed their decision regarding the motion for reconsideration and “found that the issues raised in the present motion and the arguments advanced in support thereof are a mere rehash of those already considered and passed upon”. The resolution, signed by Justice Ma. Luisa Quijano-Padilla, states that no new substantial argument was presented that could have justified the modification of the decision or its reversal.
The Court also defended the QC-RTC’s decision, saying that it did not commit any abuse of power in its reinforcement of the child abuse case. They also added to their decision that since there is “probable cause for the petitioner’s commission of a crime” the TV host’s arrest should ensue so that the case could proceed to trial and so that the allegations and evidences of all concerned parties may be weighed.