"Laging sinasabi ni Willie [Revillame] na [ang Wowowee], programa ng walang pag-asa. Kaya asang-asa talaga ako na 'yong bahay na mapapanalunan ko, [tulad ng] bahay na nakikita namin sa TV at saka may laman," lamented Nena Santos, winner of Wowowee's "Bigtime Pera o Bayong"on July 7, 2008.
PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) got an exclusive interview with Santos, who resides on Banlat Road, Tandang Sora, Quezon City, with regard to her complaint about the house and lot that she supposedly won in that segment of the noontime show.
As the second-prize winner, Santos said, she's supposed to get a house and lot from the real estate developer Globe Asiatique. The first prize winner won a house and lot, a car, and P1 million cash; while the third prize winner got P1 million. After seven months, however, Santos claims she still has not received her prize.
Santos said that she's been going to Wowowee every month to follow up her prize. But on her every visit, a certain Wowowee staff named Abby would only tell her: "'Antay-antay lang po tayo, tingnan na lang natin,' ganun lagi ang sinasabi."
Until her last follow up early this February, another staff told her to follow up the house and lot herself at the Globe Asiatique office in Ortigas. She told PEP in disappointment, "Parang nainis pa sa akin na, 'Sige na nga, nanay, pumunta na lang kayo sa Wowowee bukas. Hanapin ninyo si Ellen, bibigyan kayo ng certification at kayo na lang ang makiusap sa Globe Asiatique.'"
"HINDI BRAND NEW." The 56-year-old Santos said that after receiving the certification, she thought everything would be smooth and easy in getting her "dream house," which is located at Santa Barbara Villas II in San Mateo, Rizal.
To her dismay, she still could not move into the house after waiting for seven months.
"Pagdating namin doon [sa San Mateo], hinanap namin si Engineer Lalaine. Sabi niyang ganun, may laman pa raw 'yong bahay dahil na-repossessed yung ibinibigay sa akin at may laman pa. Hindi na brand new, repossessed ang bahay at may laman pa," said Santos, who only has a "permit to occupy" in her hands.
She continued, "Ang ginawa ng isang tauhan niya, tinanggalan lang ng isang jalousy, sinilip namin doon sa loob. Nandoon pa nga lahat ng gamit dahil naremata nga daw."
The complainant was really disappointed especially when she recalled what Wowowee host Willie told her during the day she won as the second-prize winner of "Big Time Pera o Bayong." She said, "Sinabi pang ganun, 'Naku, nanay, magandang bahay 'yan sa Saint Monique [Valais], kaloob ng Globe Asiatique, kumpleto ang gamit."
When she asked a staff of Globe Asiatique, she learned that the house that was shown to her would cost only P550,000—half the price of the house she supposedly won and worth less than the third winner's P1 million prize.
Santos added that the house was probably the prize of the winning contestant of Wowowee's "Want More, No More" segment, which replaced "Bigtime Pera o Bayong."
Globe Asiatique allegedly told her that she still has to wait for 10-15 days to give the former occupants time to take their things out of the house.
"Ano ba naman ako, kawawa naman ako. Hindi na nga natupad 'yong walang gamit, 'tapos luma pa [ang bibigay]. Kaya nga nagrereklamo ako. Bukod na sa luma na, repossessed lang, hindi pa fully furnished," commented Santos.
The complainant said that she could not be wrong about the house and lot that was promised to her because the "Bigtime" winner on July 1, 2008—which was only a week before Santos won—had shown her brand new, single detached, and fully furnished house in an episode of Rated K last August 2008.
Hence, she questioned the staff from Wowowee by saying, "Bakit po si Mary Ann, nanalo noong July 1, pinakita sa [programa ni] Korina Sanchez 'yong bahay na napanalunan?' sabi ko. 'Etching lang po 'yon,' sabi ni Ivy. 'Hindi po talaga 'yon ang bahay na binibigay, nakiusap lang po sila sa Globe Asiatique.'"
The same Wowowee staff allegedly told her, "Hindi naman porke nanalo kayo ng house and lot, mansion na ang mapapanalunan n'yo. Pasalamat pa nga kayo, nanay, may house and lot kayo. Ang dapat ninyong ginawa, nagsimba kayo, nagpasalamat kayo at may house and lot na kayo.'"
FILING A COMPLAINT. Nena Santos is now planning to seek help from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to be able to own the house that she won in Wowowee.
She also took this opportunity to call the attention of Wowowee contestants who may have the same fate as hers. She suspected that she's not the only winning contestant who experienced this kind of treatment.
Santos narrated, "Kasi tinanong ko [sa Globe Asiatique], 'Ako lang ba ang nagrereklamo?'"
The Globe Asiatique staff allegedly replied, 'Hindi po, kasi marami rin ang nagrereklamo.'
She continued telling the staff from the real estate developer, "'Ang akala ko kasi 'yong makukuha ko katulad ng sa Rated K.' [The staff replied], 'Oho, 'yon ang pagkakamali, dapat ipakikita nila kung ano ang ibibigay nila.'"
Santos also told PEP that her family has lost interest in watching their favorite noontime show. "Kaya nga sabi ko, hindi naman pala totoo 'yan. Kaya ngayon, hindi na kami masyado nanonood ng Wowowee. Dati talagang [tutok] kami sa Wowowee," she ended.
Meanwhile, ABS-CBN lady boss Charo Santos-Concio already issued a statement regarding the "complaints" yesterday, February 24, via "Flash Report." A copy of the statement will be posted here in PEP.