"Hindi na ho."
This was controversial TV host Willie Revillame's reply when asked in a radio interview if he was pursuing his threat to sue the celebrities who "attacked" him on Twitter.
A number of well-known entertainment personalities posted tweets saying they were incensed by the March 12 episode of Willie's game-and-variety show on TV5, Willing Willie, where a six-year-old boy danced to a "macho-dance" routine and was sent home with P10,000.
Some of the celebrities Willie hit during the April 8 episode of his program were singers Jim Paredes, Aiza Seguerra, Agot Isidro, and Lea Salonga, actress Mylene Dizon, TV host Bianca Gonzales, comedienne Tuesday Vargas and K Brosas, and censors board member Leah Navarro. (CLICK HERE to read related story.)
Willie made this comment in an interview with dzIQ (Radyo Inquirer) anchors Mon Tulfo and Reysie Amado last Friday, April 15.
"Alam n'yo, ganun talaga ang buhay," Willie told the hosts. "Ang masama lang, humuhusga sila na hindi pa nila alam ang kabuuan, ang istorya.
"E, paano kami magtutulung-tulungan kung ganyan—hati, hindi ho ba? 'Tsaka masama ho yata yung ganung naghuhusga ka sa kapwa mo na hindi mo pa alam ang totoo."
However, Willie did not say why he was no longer pursuing the suit.
TV5 BACKS UP WILLIE. The TV host also thanked the management of TV5 for backing him in this controversy. (CLICK HERE to read related story.)
"E, alam naman ho nila kung ano ang totoo," Willie said. "Si Atty. Ray [Espinosa], our president of TV5, siya na mismo nagsabi, 'Alam mo Willie, kaya ka namin sinusuportahan dahil alam naming wala kang kasalanan. Kaya kami all the way para sa 'yo.'
"Ang punto ko lang naman ho—ngayon, nasaan ang pamilya? Sino nag-aalaga? Di ba ako? Kami?"
Willie was referring to the six-year-old contestant, Jan-Jan Suan, and his parents, Jojo and Diana.
He said that Jojo Suan has had to close his beauty parlor, which was the source of his livelihood.
"Nasaan na ho ang pamilya ngayon? Ni hindi na makapagtrabaho. Sinarado na ang parlor," Willie said.
"Ano ang ginawa ko? Tinawagan ko si Senator [Manny] Villar. 'Senator, kailangan ko ng isang bahay at lupa para sa pamilyang ito. Kawawa naman ho itong mga taong ito.'
"Isang sandali lang, isang salita lang, bibigyan kaagad.