‘Wowowin’ host Willie Revillame made a surprise appearance on Friday at a press briefing by Presidential Speaker Harry Roque and Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla at Wil Tower Center.
With this surprising appearance, netizens were shocked not only by Revillame sitting and talking to Roque and Remulla, but especially his pledge to provide financial assistance to jeepney drivers affected by this pandemic.
On Twitter, netizens had mixed reactions to the TV host’s appearance.
God Bless Willie Revillame…..
— Noli Bonifacio (@NoliBonifacio1) August 7, 2020
Netizen Miguel Sevilla observed the ‘bias’ of Roque. He tweeted a statement where Roque questioned ABS-CBN’s effort for not doing more even after the network shelled out 200 million worth of relief operations.
“ABS-CBN shells out 200 million for relief operations @attharryroque: ‘Why didn’t you do more?'”
But when Willie Revillame gave out a 5 million check, Roque’s treatment was different.
“Willie Revillame donates a 5 million check @attyharryroque: ‘Let that man grandstand and do a comedy routine on state television.'”
ABS-CBN shells out 200 million for relief operations
@attharryroque: "Why didn’t you do more?"
Willie Revillame donates a 5 million check@attyharryroque: "Let that man grandstand and do a comedy routine on state television."
— Miguel Sevilla (@miguel_sevilla) August 7, 2020
A netizen also showed concern that Revillame’s financial help will really reach the displaced jeepney drivers who are now begging in the streets because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
I wish that Sir Willie Revillame's P5M worth of donation would be reach to its PURPOSE.
I mean If he doesn't want to lose all that amount for nothing, he better give the money to the jeepney drivers themselves rather than forward it to government agencies.
Alam mo naman.. Hehe
— Brrrrrrrrtt Brrrrtttt?? (@SirRencee) August 7, 2020
How to be like Willie Revillame? He wrote a check worth five million pesos as his donation to jeepney drivers who were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Gusto ko din ng ganun. May cheke at may ganun kalaking pondo ang cheke. pic.twitter.com/NlVX7LDFaP
— Benedict Exconde (@iskonglasalista) August 7, 2020
TV host Revillame announced on Friday that he is giving P5 million assistance to jeepney drivers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as P100,000 each to the families of four OFWs killed in Beirut, Lebanon.
“Sa sarili kong pinag-ipunan, dahil ako naman po ay may trabaho ngayon at siyempre napakahirap. Gusto kong tumulong una doon sa mga jeepney drivers. Sa tingin ko ito ang mga unang nangangailangan,” Revillame said Friday in televised Palace briefing.
The reason why Revillame was at the said televised Palace briefing was to turn over the check to Roque who would hand it over to the president.
“I am willing to give, sa akin pong naipon, hindi naman ito pagmamayabang, ito lang ang puwede kong maitulong sa gobyerno kasi hindi naman ako puwedeng lumapit kay Mr. President, sa mahal na Pangulo na ‘Ito ibibigay ko,’ hindi magandang tingnan. Siguro sa inyo (Roque) na lang, ang balak ko ho ay magbigay ng P5 million ngayon, sa araw na ito, at handa ako na ibigay sa jeepney drivers na talagang namamalimos na,”
Adding, Revillame said that he would take his donation to “another level” by extending support to the families of four Filipinos from overseas who died in the recent Beirut blast.
“Nabasa ko yung nangyari sa Beirut. Para pag tutulong, lubus-lubusin mo na, yung apat na pamilya po na naulila, I’m willing to give P100,000 each sa mga kababayan natin,” Revillame said.
To ensure the public that the money will be in good hands, Roque said that Revillame’s donation will be turned over the Department of Social Welfare and Development and the Department of Transportation.
“Meron po talaga silang sistema ng ayuda na pinamimigay sa mga jeepney driver. Sisiguraduhin po natin na lahat ng P5 million na ibibigay ninyo ngayon ay makakarating po sa mga jeepney driver,” Roque assured.
Roque ‘s latest briefings were hosted by Revillame at Wil Tower as the New Executive Building in Malacañang was closed after some government employees tested positive for COVID-19.