Senator Manuel “Mar” Roxas II, chair of the Senate trade and commerce committee said that he would propose an investigation on the alleged game rigging of ABS-CBN’s noontime variety show Wowowee.
In a report by GMA News, Roxas also said that the investigation will commence once the information have been collected from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and other concerned parties. Roxas claimed that the probe was in aid of legislation. The DTI holds the authority when it comes to supervising the conduct of consumer promos, including game show segments.
“We will look into this by first asking the DTI what are the complaints, who are the complainants, and what it has done and intends to do about this matter,” Roxas said.
Resolution for a Senate inquiry has been made with the end-goal of strengthening the consumer welfare code.
In his statement, Roxas read: “It was important to understand the nature of the alleged rigging involved, and the proper manner and venue in which to address this.”
The said proposal came hours after Eat Bulaga! host Joey de Leon called upon the Senate to investigate what he referred to as the “Hello, Pappy” incident.
“Inuuna n'yo 'yang ‘Hello, Garci.' Bakit hindi n'yo muna unahin itong ‘Hello Pappy’?” Joey was quoted as saying.
“Pappy” is Willie’s nickname on his noontime show.
Airing a response minutes after Joey’s statement on Eat Bulaga!, Willie said, “Hindi ko kailangan ng Senado. Kailangan ko mga totoong tao. Ang taong-bayan ang kailangan ko.”