Vic Sotto defends Joey de Leon against Willie Revillame's attacks

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"Masama lang siguro mag-isip ng ganito, pero sa tingin ko gusto lang nila maiba yung focus ng mga tao at makalimutan kung ano talaga yung ugat ng problema, kung anuman yung mechanical glitch na sinasabi ninyo na para mapunta na lang kay Joey [yung atensiyon]," says Vic Sotto against Wowowee and Willie Revillame in support of best friend and Eat Bulaga! co-host, Joey de Leon.


Ace comedian Vic Sotto came in defense of his best friend and Eat Bulaga! co-host Joey de Leon over the latter's spat with Wowowee host Willie Revillame.

For the first time, in an interview with Showbiz Central aired yesterday, September 2, Vic candidly voiced out his disgust for what he sees as unfair tactics being done by the rival show to conceal the "fraud" issue in its "Wilyonaryo" segment.

"'Wag nilang lansihin ang mga tao by using my kumpare Joey de Leon na parang ginagawa nilang scapegoat si Joey. Hindi tama. Masama ang loob ko dun," lamented Vic to Showbiz Central host and girlfriend Pia Guanio.

The very private Vic shared Joey's sentiments by saying that Wowowee owes the public an explanation first and foremost before diverting their attention elsewhere.

"Ang problema, e, isinasantabi nila. Inaalis nila yung atensiyon. Ibinibigay nila kay Joey. Kawawa naman yung kumpare ko, nananahimik yung tao, e, tirahin nila nang tirahin.

"Ako, personally, ang hinihintay ko sa kanila, ipakita nila yung lumang kahon. 'Eto po yun, e. Ganito po kasi yun, dito po hinuhugot yan, dito po nilalagay yung zero, dito nilalagay yung two.' Masa-satisfy lang ako, mawawala lang yung duda ko, mawawala lang yung suspetsa ko o doubts 'pag naintindihan ko kung bakit dalawa yung numero doon," explained Vic, referring to the controversial segment.

MORAL OBLIGATION. More than just defending his kumpare, Vic throughout the interview expressed utmost concern for the contestants and the multitude who pin their hopes on game shows to ease their hardships.

"We have an obligation. We have a moral obligation sa mga manonood. It is the word fairness," he stressed.

Vic added: "Ano ba talaga ang problema? Hindi naman si Joey. Hindi naman si Willie. Ang problema yung sinasabing pandaraya, sinasabing panlalamang na ako mismo nung napanood ko na-shock ako kasi ang mga contestant dito hindi mo naman pinipili, e. Suwertehan 'to, e. Mga nagpapadala ng entries, mga nagbabakasakali na kahit papaano manalo ng premyo ke malaki, ke maliit. Ang importante is 'pag nasali sila, kailangan maging fair ka.

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"Nung mapanood ko yung nangyari dun sa kabilang show, sabi ko, I think it's unfair. Di ko masabing nandadaya pero hindi natin maaalis sa isipan natin yung salitang daya. Ang kinukuwestiyon ko dun, e, yung fairness sa mga contestants."

He also refused to buy the "mechanical glitch" explanation given out by ABS-CBN.

"Hindi sapat sa akin yung explanation nila. Ang sinasabi nga nila ay mechanical glitch, hindi ko maintindihan kung bakit napakakumplikado ng design na magiging faulty. Bubunutin mo lang naman, e, ipapakita mo lang kung ano laman, e. Kung yung sinasabing mechanical glitch, sa loob-loob ko, hindi n'yo ba inensayo 'yan? Hindi n'yo ba na-dry run 'yan? Ganun ba kairesponsable yung mga nag-iisip ng palaro sa telebisyon?

"Ang pinag-uusapan natin dito ay mga contestants na walang-sawang pumipila ng alas-tres ng umaga nandiyan, halos hindi na nag-aalmusal 'yan. Pagdating ng tanghali hilung-hilo na sa gutom 'yan tapos hindi mo paghahandaan? Hindi mo i-ensayuhin yung gagawin n'yo? Para sa akin mababaw yung masasabi nating explanation [nila]."

KEEN OBSERVER. Speaking once more in behalf of Joey, Vic clamored for Willie to just stick to what he's supposed to do as he and his show were the ones in real trouble.

"Siya naman ang dapat [mag-explain] kasi siya yung pumalpak dun e. Nung sinabi niyang bakit siya mag-e-explain, wala naman daw nagku-complain... Palagay ko hindi niya naintindihan yung sinabi ni Joey na 'you explain before you complain' kasi siya yung nagku-complain na tinitira daw siya ni Joey na hindi naman... Ang sinasabi lang ni Joey, 'Mag-explain ka muna bago mo ko tirahin, ikaw ang may problema,'" Vic singled out Willie.

And knowing Joey very well, Vic did not show any signs of bemusement with the way his friend attacked and even humored the controversy before it caught fire.

"I feel for my kumpare, not because he's my kumpare, not because he's my best friend. Nananahimik yung tao, e," relayed Vic before proceeding with his observation.

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"Alam n'yo naman si Pareng Joey, he's a commentator. Siya yung 'pag may nakitang mali sa paligid, hindi siya yung tipong manonood lang sa isang tabi. Kasi matalino si Joey, he's very smart and I can see that he is very conscientious sa trabaho. Kaya itong trabaho niya sa telebisyon, lalo na sa Eat Bulaga, seryoso siya diyan. Kaya kapag nakakakita siya ng hindi tama sa telebisyon, hindi mauupo lang yan."


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