Robin Padilla's recently concluded primetime action series Totoy Bato made waves during its run on GMA-7. When the show was about to end, however, a controversy burst when the show's head writer, Suzette Doctolero, aired her grievances against Robin's alleged interference with virtually the whole production. Suzette claimed that apart from Robin having his own crew, he also changed the ending of Totoy Bato. (Click here to read related story.)
In a statement sent thru text message to PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) yesterday, July 7, Robin's manager Betchay Vidanes said that from the start, the show's senior program manager Redgie Acuña-Magno was aware of whatever Robin did to help improve the show. Robin's love for the show, added Betchay, was rewarded with good ratings, the trust of Totoy Bato creator Carlo J. Caparas, and the advertisers. (Click here to read related story.)
MS. WILMA SPEAKS UP. Ms. Wilma Galvante, GMA-7's Senior Vice President for Entertainment TV, also sent PEP a statement through email to put the issue to rest.
The statement reads in full:
"The fact that Totoy Bato delivered consistent good ratings and more importantly, positive revenue will attest to the success of the series. We know Robin Padilla to be a very passionate actor. He gets involved not only with the character he plays but also with the execution of the story. It is in his contract that he directs all his action scenes. This has been the agreement with Robin with the successful shows he has done with the Kapuso Network—from Asian Treasures, Joaquin Bordado, and the recently concluded Totoy Bato.
"But like all high-end productions, there will inevitably be misunderstandings and miscommunications due mainly to time constraints in mounting difficult scenes, complicated special effects, and the constant desire to make the story better to give our viewers a truly entertaining show. What is important is that all of us are able to rise above these misunderstandings and still work as a team to come up with a good episode every single day that a series is on the air."