Saturday, October 23, 2010

QC Court Junks Willie Revillame's Appeal to Dismiss P486M Counter Suit by ABS-CBN

A Quezon City court recently denied TV host Willie Revillame�s motion to dismiss the P486 million counter suit filed against him by ABS-CBN.

Judge Luisito Cortez of the Regional Trial Court Branch 84 ordered Revillame to post a bond of nearly P427 million not later than Oct 27, which will answer for any damage ABS-CBN may have suffered with the airing of Revillame�s new show "Willing Willie."
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The said game-variety show on TV5 premiered yesterday (Oct 22) after the court denied ABS-CBN's request for a temporary restraining order to stop it from airing.

In its official statement, ABS-CBN expressed its disappointment over the court�s decision not to grant a TRO.

"What Willie did is a violation of the contract he signed with ABS-CBN, which will expire next year. ABS-CBN only wishes that Willie fulfills his obligations under the contract. Honoring one�s contract is important," it said.

"We are disappointed that no TRO was granted vs Willie. Let us not forget that the root cause of all these issues is Willie�s disrespectful behavior and threat vs ABS-CBN management. We believe that justice will prevail and the truth will come out. We will continue to fight for our rights."

ABS-CBN continues to lead in the national TV ratings even on weekends despite claims by other networks. Based on the national TV ratings data by Kantar Media, ABS-CBN remains the undisputed leader on weekend programming beating all other shows. "Wansapanataym," "Maalaala Mo Kaya," and "TV Patrol Weekend" were among its top-raters and no other weekend programs from GMA7 and TV5 made it to the overall top 20 chart.

ABS-CBN is launching several new programs in the coming weeks such as "Juanita Banana" topbilled by Miss Philippines-Universe 2009 Bianca Manalo and "Mara Clara" starring rising teen actresses Kathryn Bernardo and Julia Montes.

In September 2010, ABS-CBN hit a national average audience share of 40%, trumping second placer GMA Network�s 34% share, according to data from global media specialist Kantar Media.

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