Willie Revillame and his show “Wowowin” will go on a short break this May in the midst of the child abuse case the TV host is facing.
In an Instagram post by kapusoprgirl, GMA Corporate Communications Vice-President Angela Javier-Cruz was said to have relayed the news but did not directly explain the reason for such a “break.”
However, the said statement pointed out that Revillame welcomed the “brief vacation” and is excited to prepare for the show’s anniversary when it returns on air.
“Fans and supporters can look forward to bigger prizes, more fun games and excitement from Wowowin,” the statement added.
On Monday (April 25), Revillame‘s appeal to void the warrant for his arrest was denied by the Court of Appeals (CA) for lack of merit and dismissed his argument that the order is arbitrary.
“We have carefully reviewed the ruling and found that the issues raised in the petition has been presented to justify the reversal or modification of the assailed decision,” the CA decision read.
The CA affirmed the order issued by Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 86 Judge Roberto Buenaventura for the arrest of Revillame in September 2013 in relation to a child abuse charge filed against the TV host.
The child abuse case stemmed from the March 12, 2011 episode of Revillame’s previous game show in another channel “Willing Willie” wherein a six-year-old boy was shown doing his “macho dancing” moves.
Revillame asked the boy to repeat the dance several times while saying “beer pa, beer pa.” He then gave the boy P10,000, which is what normally happens in the game show after a contestant shows his talent.
The DSWD filed a complaint for violation of Republic Act 7610, the anti-child abuse law, with the Quezon City prosecutor’s office, after the episode drew flak from some sectors.