Willie: I'm ready to negotiate with other networks

Posted at 08/13/2010 10:08 PM | Updated as of 08/13/2010 11:47 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Former “Wowowee” host Willie Revillame revealed Friday that he is ready to negotiate with other television networks.

He told GMA-7 in an exclusive interview that he no longer considers himself part of ABS-CBN. Revillame's contract with the Kapamilya Network will expire on September 2011. 

“Ngayon po, sa pagkakaalam ko, wala na ako sa poder ng (ABS-CBN),” he said. “Puwede na akong makipag-negotiate sa ibang channel. Putol na po ang aking kontrata sa Kapamilya Network.”

The controversial television personality continued to claim unfair treatment from the network. 

He again alleged that ABS-CBN management pulled out from a reported initial agreement that would have resulted in his return to “Wowowee” on July 31.

“Inexpect po ng lahat na ako’y babalik (sa ‘Wowowee’). Humingi na ako ng patawad. Pumayag po akong ma-suspend ng three months kahit ‘di sinabing suspension. Wala po akong suweldo noon,” he said. 

He added that he is willing to stage non-televised entertainment shows for his fans. “Gagawa ako ng paraan. 'Di kailangan nasa TV ako. World tour, kahit sa sarili kong pera, gagawin ko,” Revillame said.

His lawyer, Leonard de Vera, said he expects a legal battle over Revillame’s plan to move to another TV station. 

Nothing new

In an official statement released immediately after the interview, ABS-CBN said Revillame did not say anything new.

“Nais naming ulitin ang aming nasabi na na rin na si Willie ay may pinirmahang kontrata hanggang September 2011. Nilabag ni Willie ang behavioral provisions ng naturang kontrata nang binantaan nito ang pamunuan ng ABS-CBN sa episode ng ‘Wowowee’ noong Mayo 4, 2010 at sinabing siya ay magbibitiw sa trabaho kapag hindi tinanggal ng pamunuan ang isa pang TV/radio personality ng network,” ABS-CBN said.

“Ang kanyang banta ay nagpakita ng kawalan ng respeto at pagiging arrogante. Ang ipinakita nyang hindi magandang asal ay hindi katanggap-tanggap sa mga Pilipino.”

The Kapamilya Network said Revillame breached his contract. 

“Hindi sa kanya ang desisyon na mapawalang bisa ito. Sinumang lumabag sa kasunduan ay hindi maaring mag-dikta kung ito ay itutuloy o tatapusin. Ang kontrata ay isang kasunduan na dapat bigyan ng kaukulang respeto. Ano pa ang magiging halaga ng mga kontrata kung ito ay maaring tapusin anu mang oras naiisin?” the network said.  

“Ang ABS-CBN ang naagrabyado dito kaya ito ang may karapatan na magdesisyon kung itutuloy ang kontrata o hindi,” it added. 

ABS-CBN reiterated that it will not release television host Willie Revillame from his contract obligations with the company. 

“Naniniwala ito na dapat pa ring gampanan ni Willie ang mga obligasyong nakasaad sa kontrata na magtatapos pa sa September 2011,” the company added.