Willie Revillame slams Rappler and Pia Ranada for reporting that he ‘hijacks’ Malacanang press briefing

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‘Tutok to Win’ Willie Revillame called out Rappler and their journalist Pia Ranada for their headline about his appearance on a press briefing with Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.

Revillame made a statement on national television about the media company and the said journalist and denied that he ‘hijacks’ the briefing happened on August 7.

The screenshot article, titled “Willie Revillame hijacks Roque press briefing to promote charity, GMA7 show” was also showed by the tv host during his show.

Revillame narrated that he received a call from Roque, asking his help to find a studio where they could hold a press briefing because the RTVM building was not available.

The TV host said that he let Roque used one of his studios in WilTower.

“Ginawan ko po ng paraan ‘yan, ako po ang nag ayos niyan at dito early morning para po may magamit po si Secretary Harry Roque,” said Revillame.

According to him, Roque asked him to appear during the press briefing, but he called it ‘inappropriate’ because he’s not a politician and also he’s also having his own show.

However, last Friday, he agreed with Roque’s request to appear in their last press briefing.

“Alam niyo ho, yung pagbibigay ko ng 5 million galing po ‘iyon sa sarili ko, pinagsikapan ko pinaghirapan ko, ‘yun po ay galing sa akin at hindi po alam ni Secretary Harry Roque at Governor Jonvic Remulla at ng buong taga Malacanang na nandito, wala.. naisip ko lang po ‘yun,” he stated.

Revillame expressed sadness on the reaction of some netizens who thought that he’s only trying to boast or promote himself by giving money to the people in need.

“Eh para pa hong napasama pa ako sa iba na parang nagbuhat ako ng bangko, parang nagyabang pa ako, hindi ko po maintindihan kung bakit may mga ganyan klaseng tao,” he said.

He explained that he gave the 5-M to the government because it’s impossible for him to personally distribute the money to the jeepney drivers because of the law and the current situation of the country.

Revillame again talked again about the report of Ranada.

“Ang alam ko, ang hijack may hino-hostage ka, may dala kang armas. Ang ibig kong sabihin, hindi maganda ang pagkakasulat. Ang sabi hi-nijack ko ‘raw ang programang iyon. I was invited by the secretary, pinagbigyan ako ng pagkakataon dahil dito ho sila, actually kung hindi po sila pwede sa Malacanang studio ay welcome sila dito, para alam po ng tao ng announcement at sasabihin ng Presidente,” Revillame said.

The TV host then announced that he’s ready to shell out 5-M pesos again next month to help the people in need.

Meanwhile, Ranada responded to Revillame’s criticism, explaining to the TV host the meaning of ‘hijack’.

“Hi Willie Revillame! Ito po ang ilang mga ibang depinisyon ng ‘hijack’ kung sakaling inaakusahan mo ako ng fake news dahil ang intindi mo sa ‘hijack’ ay pagnakaw ng sasakyan,” Ranada said.

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