Willie Revillame says "No" to entering politics

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Despite the constant request for him to run for a government position, Willie Revillame still says "No." He argued that it's better to help people without being involved in politics. "Para sa akin, gusto ko, ang buhay ko Wowowee lang."


Willie Revillame denies having plans to run for a government position in 2010 elections.

"Masarap tumulong nang hindi ka involved sa pulitika," said the Wowowee host in an interview after the groundbreaking ceremony for his Wil Theater Mall earlier today, May 13, at the Eugenio Lopez Drive in Quezon City.

He said that one does not need to be a government official to be able to help Filipinos who are in need.

Willie explained, "Basta't tumulong nang hindi ka kumukuha ng pera sa gobyerno. Masarap tumulong nang walang nagagalit sa 'yo. Iyon ngang hindi ka naka-involve sa pulitika, tumutulong ka, nakikita ka pa, may masama pang nakikita sa 'yo, e, na ginagamit mo yung show, ginagamit mo iyung mga tao, ginagawa mong parang mga... Di ba? Sabi nila, para daw patay-gutom. Hindi 'yon ang point. Anong gusto mo, e, di ba? Maganda na yung nagbibigay ka kaysa wala kang binibigay."

Some people think that Willie's sympathy for the poor may be a good move for a politician to get their votes. He immediately clarified that he's not endorsing any politician to the avid followers of Wowowee.

But what if Vice President Noli de Castro, husband of Willie's talent manager Arlene de Castro, decides to run for president next year?

Without a second thought, Willie answered, "Well, of course, si Kabayan naman... Ang manager ko, unang-una si Tita Arlene, ang maybahay ni Kabayan. Siyempre, alangan namang lumipat pa ako sa iba? Siyempre, di ba? 'Saka malaki ang paniniwala ko kay Kabayan. If you will notice, sino ang tumitira kay Kabayan? Opposition? Wala. Bakit? Trabaho lang nang trabaho. Nasaan? Nasa riles ng tren, nasa Pag-IBIG, bigay nang bigay sa mga OFW [overseas Filipino workers] ng bahay. Pero hindi siya nabibigyan ng publicity."

Would he consider to be the running mate of Noli de Castro if he runs for president?

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"Hindi ako pupuwede," Willie said. "Para sa 'kin, gusto ko, ang buhay ko,Wowowee lang. Bakit ako tatakbo ng vice, dahil sa popularity ko? Dapat handa ang puso mo, pag-iisip mo, spiritually, mentally, lahat ready ka. Kasi tingnan mo, pag pumasok ka sa pulitika, mahirap. Nakikita naman natin ang pulitika, e. Nakikita mo naman kung gaano kadumi, hindi ba? Sa loob na nga ng Senado, nag-aaway-away, e. Sa Wowowee lang walang away, di ba?"

WOWOWEE AS VENUE FOR POLITICAL CANDIDATES. Last April 25, Senator Mar Roxas, who declared his intention to run for president next year, appeared in Wowowee with fiancée Korina Sanchez. On that day, Mar did not talk about politics at all. Instead, he and Korina formally announced their engagement.

This is what Willie wanted to clarify about having political candidates as guests in Wowowee.

"Ang Wowowee, programa ng bawat Pilipino 'yan," he said. "Nagkataon lang na pulitiko sila. And this is the time na makita at makausap natin. Ito yung time na madinig natin kung ano talaga ang gusto nilang gawin sa ating bansa, sa bayan."

The noontime show host said that the appearance of political aspirants in his show would give the public a chance to see the their other side.

"Tingnan niyo kung anong klaseng tao 'tong mga tumatakbo para maging presidente. Mar Roxas, senator, lumuha. Hindi because of politics, pero dahil na-touch siya kay Korina, di ba? Si Senator Manny Villar, nagpunta do'n, not because of ano, of politics, sinuportahan niya yung anak niya, si Camille... Kasi nandun si Camille during that time. And I talked to Senator Ping Lacson, he wanted to go out and say hello para makilala nga silang lahat. Everybody's welcome, everybody's welcome. Walang pinapanigan diyan."

He added, "Bukas sa lahat [ang Wowowee]. Pero dapat, 'yong gagawin nila, hindi pulitika, di ba? Kasi, whatever you do, pulitika pa rin ang tingin ng tao diyan, e, di ba? Pero ipakita mo na, di ba, pag andiyan ka sa Wowowee, mahalin ka ng tao, kasi tao ang nasa Wowowee, programa nila 'yan. Hindi ikaw ang bida diyan."

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Before people could speculate, Willie already clarified that he asked the permission of his bosses first before he granted these politicians a guest appearance.

"Alam ng management 'yan," he said. "With respect to Ma'am Charo [Santos-Concio, ABS-CBN President] and Boss Gabby [Lopez, ABS-CBN Chairman], nagpapaalam ako. 'Ma'am, darating si Senator Manny Villar.' Nag-text ako sa sekretarya ni Boss Gabby, 'Pakisabi kay Boss Gabby, si Senator Villar darating bukas, kasi wala sila.'

"Kung sinabi naman nilang hindi pupuwede, 'wag mong gamitin ang Wowowee, siyempre susunod ako sa management. Pero it's a good thing na magkaisip kami. Sabi ko naman, mas maganda na marinig ng bawat Pilipino kung sino 'tong mga taong iboboto natin. Para walang sisihan."

Willie left a message about voting wisely in the coming elections:

"Hindi lang 'yong makikita mo sa Senado, mag-i-English, kung anu-ano. 'Eto, makikita mo yung pagkatao niya. Sino siya, anong klaseng tao siya. E, tao rin natin 'yan, pare-parehong kumakain ng kanin, lumuluha, at natutulog. At tandaan n'yo, ang bawat tao sa mundo pare-pareho lang ng puso 'yan. Kung sino siya, at pati ang kulay natin, ang kulay ng dugo natin, pare-pareho lang."


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