- Harry Roque joked about the franchise of ABS-CBN during his guesting on Wowowin.
- Revillame, along with ABS-CBN personalities and netizens, defended the Kapamilya network.
During his May 28 Wowowin guesting, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque joked about the ABS-CBN shutdown with host Willie Revillame.
He teased the latter about having something to do with the shutdown in order to dominate the airwaves.
“Sa kauna-unahang pagkakataon, ikaw lang ang napapanood sa buong bansa. Alam mo, duda ko, kaya ‘yung isa nawalan ng prangkisa, ikaw may kagagawan niyan e. Oh, aminin, aminin,” Roque teased the host.
But instead of going along with the joke, Revillame defended ABS-CBN and showed support as it was where he started his career.
“Malaki din po ang utang na loob ko sa istasyon na yan. Do’n ako nagsimula, do’n ako nakilala, nasa puso ko pa rin ‘yan. Kapamilya, Kapatid, Kapuso, bawat Pilipino. Kaya Sec, wag mo akong idamay. Baka ma-bash po ako. Nanahimik po ako.”
The host later added that they are not there to talk about the franchise but the matters regarding the future of Filipinos who are currently suffering because of COVID-19.
“Wag na nating pag-usapan ‘yan. Hindi natin paguusapan ang kahit ano mang prangkisa. Ang paguusapan natin dito ay ‘yong ating hinaharap na kinabukasan.”
ABS-CBN personalities called out Roque’s “joke” as distasteful and unnecessary. DJ Jhaiho called the spokesperson “insensitive”.
Salamat kuya wil! Pero itong isang tong napaka insensitive???!! 🤦🏼♂️🤦🏼♂️🤦🏼♂️ paglaruan natin at gawing Joke joke joke ano? sige lang. sir tandaan mo BILOG ang Mundo! kaloka pic.twitter.com/UELzxrJf5U
— DJ Jhaiho (@mor1019jhaiho) May 27, 2020
Kevin Manalo also stated his opinion regarding the matter.
“I couldn’t believe what I’m watching…a palace spokesman joking about the franchise!? At the expense of thousands of employees!? Sir, by extension you represent the president’s mouth. yan din ba opinyon ni Duterte sa ABS-CBN?”
I couldn’t believe what I’m watching…a palace spokesman joking about the franchise!? At the expense of thousands of employees!?
Sir, by extension you represent the president’s mouth. yan din ba opinyon ni Duterte sa ABSCBN? https://t.co/codsgD8YoF
— Kevin Manalo (@kevinmanalo_) May 28, 2020
“Kung ang hangarin ng isang kongresista ay ipasara ang ABS-CBN, sinasalamin ba niya ang saloobin ng mga kadistrito niya, o ang saloobin ng ‘neutral’ na Poon,” Tony Velasquez said in a tweet.
Isang palaisipan : Ang bawat kongresista ay itinuturing na kinatawan ng mga kadistrito niya sa kanilang lungsod. Kung ang hangarin ng isang kongresista ay ipasara ang ABS-CBN, sinasalamin ba niya ang saloobin ng mga kadistrito niya, o ang saloobin ng "neutral" na Poon.
— Tony Velasquez (@KakanTuring) May 28, 2020
Pia Magalona was also horrified about the way Roque casually joked about the network’s franchise.
Harry Roque, you are mean-spirited. How can you even joke about such a serious matter? Why am I surprised? https://t.co/BHsZEcDx06
— Pia Magalona⁷ (@piamagalona) May 27, 2020
Netizens also tweeted about the spokesperson’s joke, calling him out for allegedly romanticizing serious matters.
Harry Roque on Wowowin romanticizing everything pic.twitter.com/aiFf5CTNU0
— wolfgang (@itsmebimbee) May 27, 2020
Luh. Harry Roque is in Wowowin romanticizing COVID-19. oLOL pic.twitter.com/QrFSu4HbVY
— Praaaaaaangk #DefendPressFreedom #MassTestingNow (@Frangkinsens) May 27, 2020
Even Harry Roque's jokes abt ABS-CBN on Willie Revillame's show are so despicable.
I was like wow, the government is really being ran by evil people. I can't prognosticate any good future for PH with ppl like Roque leading our country.
— 𝐦𝐚𝐫𝐣𝐨𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐳 𝐝𝐨𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐜. (@marjoerenzmd) May 27, 2020
I use to always watch Tutok to Win sa Wowowin while sipping my afternoon coffee but I just had to change the channel today cause I can't stand ALL THESE FREAKING LIES WITH HARRY ROQUE AND EPAL BONG GO.
— 𝐤𝐞𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐭𝐡 (@cuddlemebaby1) May 27, 2020
ABS-CBN has been off-air since May 5 and has been suffering a Php30-35 million revenue loss since its shut down.