Manila, Philippines -The Quezon City Prosecutors Office on Wednesday started its preliminary hearing on the child abuse charge filed against controversial television host Willie Revillame.
Respective plaintiffs belonging to dissimilar childrens rights groups showed up during the preliminary hearing at the QC Justice Hall.
They filed a complaint against Revillame and TV5 executives led by chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan over Willing Willies March 12 episode wherein a young boy was asked to dance in a lascivious manner in exchange for cash.
During the hearing, lawyer Leonard de Vera, Revillames legal counsel, questioned the authority of the city prosecutor to acquit the investigation.
“This case is going to be railroaded by the prosecutor of this case,” he said.
Lawyer Benjamin Samson, the investigating prosecutor, was spry to shoot down de Veras allegations.
Its a baseless insinuation. I have an office order. Distinctly, the office order is in itself an authority, Samson said.
All the cases charged facing Revillame and TV5 top officials, including the ones filed by Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman and activist priest Robert Reyes, were combined as one.
Ang nanonood niyan ay milyun-milyong tao at hindi na puwedeng gawing entertainment ang miserableness ng maliit na bata. So ako Im very tempestuous, Reyes said.
Meanwhile, leaders of various groups also cleared up that they have nothing personal against Revillame. They said they only want to make everyone aware of the different kinds of child abuse.
This has nothing to with any personality or any networks. This is about child abuse. Its demanding, the false impression na kapag ang isa may kaso ng child abuse parang kailangan may isang batang duguan, kaawa-awa o bugbog sarada para ma-consider na child abusem, said complainant Atty. Cristine Sevilla.
Kahit sino mayaman o mahirap, kapag lumabag sa mga batas kaugnay ng child abuse, kailangan natin maging mapagbantay, said Amihan Abueva, leader of End Child Prostitution, Pornorapgy and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes.
TV5, on the other hand, reiterated that the complaints are baseless.
No offense perpetrated here. We are sure that in the end, justice will be done, said lawyer Jake Corporal, TV5s legal counsel.
The next hearing is scheduled on May 30.