TV5 released a statement earlier today, April 10, announcing its decision "to stop the airing of Willing Willie" for two weeks beginning on Monday, April 11.
This move came after the March 12 episode of the variety-game show hosted by Willie Revillame elicited mostly negative reactions from different sectors and the public. In the said episode, a six-year-old boy danced a "macho-dancer routine" during the "Wiltime Bigtime" segment.
According to the statement, "During this period, TV5 will dialogue and work with the MTRCB, KBP, PANA and other stakeholders to come up with appropriate guidelines that will apply to all networks and the entire industry with respect to the participation or use of children in talent, game and reality shows for television."
It added that the Kapatid network "will also complete the improvement of its internal guidelines and processes to achieve the same end."
The network also said that it will work with Willie and WilProductions, Inc. "to improve the program and ensure that it will continue to bring fun and entertainment to its many loyal viewers."
In the end, "TV5 reiterates its commitment to responsible broadcasting and vows to continuously enhance its programs as its way of serving the public and thanking its viewers for their unceasing support, trust and patronage."
While Willing Willie is off-the-air, TV5 will show Primetime Super Sine and Magic? Gimik!