The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) might use thevideo from the video-sharing site YouTube as an additional evidence to theadministrative case filed against ABS-CBN with regards to the alleged anomaly in the "Wilyonaryo" segment of Wowowee.
In the said video titled "Kita Mo?," WowoweehostWillie Revillame is seen practicing pulling a film stripfrom one of the wheels. On the first try, the wheel showed a bold black line while on the secondpull, it displayed a different figure.
Atty. Victor Layda, legal representative of DTI-NationalCapital Region Area 3, explained to GMA News that there's a possibility to use the saidYouTube video to support the allegations agaisnt "Wilyonaryo."
Layda said, "Without prejudice again to avail of anysubsequent or further evidence that we get. But... It depends also on the answer of ABS-CBN. But as of now, I can confidently say that the former complaint issupported it."
The DTI has released its formal charge against ABS-CBN network with regard to the controversial "Wilyonaryo" segment of Wowoweelast August 20.
Based on the complaint received by the DTI, the partuclar segment of "Wilyonaryo" showed that upon pulling the film strip, two numbers appeared from the violet wheel.
Undersecretary Zenaida Maglaya said,"Lumalabas na mukhang merong probable cause na 'yong August 20 incident aynag-violate ng Consumer Act."
According to DTI's formal charge, "The Wilyonaryo's gamemechanics and corresponding material and equipment utilized in the show,indicate respondent's [ABS-CBN] violation of the said standards of fairness,impartiality, and evenhandedness.
"The following circumstances... have established a conditionthat grants the respondent [ABS-CBN] undue advantage over the game-showcontestants, clothing the entire game-show process with a mantle of unfairnessand impartiality [sic]."
It also stated that, "Only a representative of ABS-CBN waspresent during the seeding procedure and the non-winning wheels were notuncovered at the end of the show. Again, this allows an opportunity or possibility for manipulation on thepart of the 'Wilyonaryo' host and/or organizers."
ABS-CBN was given until next week to answer the allegations.
The DTI assured that they would continue itsinvestigation, even though Wowowee has already replaced its"Wilyonaryo" segment. They might alsosummon its host, Willie Revillame, and the contestant named Rowena Mitre, if necessary.
DTI Assistant Secretary Angel Pelayo reiterated, "The formalcharge pertains to the past episode of 'Wilyonaryo' so this is regardless ofthe continuance or discontinuance of the segment, the proceedings willcontinue."
Meanwhile, ABS-CBN said through a statement released earlierthat the Kapinasanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) has cleared Wowoweeover the "Wilyonaryo" scam.
KBP is one of the members of the fact-finding panelorganized by the DTI, but they never signed the findings of the fact-findinggroup. KBP explained that it conductedits own investigation and found that there was no cheating involved in theparticular incident.
KBP's legal counsel, Atty. Rudolph Jularbal, even said thattheir Standards Authority Committee found that there was no cheating afterinvestigating the equipment used in the game and interviewing Wowowee'sproduction staff.ABS-CBN is a member of KBP.