Joey de Leon writes satiric ballad against Willie Revillame

Eat Bulaga host Joey de Leon (left) did not pass the chance to criticize TV host Willie Revillame for the latter's recent outburst in his noontime show Wowowee last August 3. In a poem published yesterday in his column in a local broadsheet, the veteran comedian called Willie "stupid, disrespectful, and unprofessional."

The two hosts had become strong enemies after a highly-publicized exchange of words during


Kapamilya TV host Willie Revillame is currently under heavy fire due to remarks he made in his noontime show Wowowee during the transfer of former President Cory Aquino's remains from La Salle Greenhills to Manila Cathedral in Intramuros, Manila last August 3. An online petition to ban Willie from television, for instance, now has collected a total of 33,215 signatures. The controversial host has taken a leave from Wowowee since last Saturday, August 8.

In an exclusive interview with PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) yesterday by editor in chief Jo-ann Q. Maglipon, Johnny Manahan, head of Star Magic and director of Wowowee, defended Willie. He said all the noontime host wanted to do was to remove the video clips of Cory's transfer off the air, because airing the news footage alongside Wowowee was "disrespectful" towards the Aquinos. (Click here to read related story)

"We would be disrespecting the departed President and her family. This is what he meant to say. Unfortunately, Willie, in his disappointment, did not choose his words too well. Instead of saying, 'Nagluluksa sila doon, nagkakasayahan kami dito! Maganda ba 'yon? Parang binabastos namin yung mga nagluluksa. Please tanggalin ninyo na lang kami. Kaya ituloy ninyo na lang ang coverage ng luksa. But do not do both at mababastos ang mga nagluluksa," Mr. M said.

The Wowowee director added that the unfortunate choice of words also gave Willie's "professional enemies and detractors" the chance to "disparage and attack" the host. He believes, however, that these foes would not win.

"His enemies could not be happier stoking the heat and fires on the airwaves. Willie may seem arrogant and insensitive sometimes—but not this time. His enemies will have to wait for another time," he said.

JOEY DE LEON. In a recent development, however, Eat Bulaga! host Joey de Leon, one of Willie's most outspoken "professional enemies and detractors," did not pass up the chance to hit the Wowowee host.

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In his column in The Philippine STAR published yesterday, August 9, the veteran comedian-TV host presented a poem he composed that pictured Willie's "arrogance, stupidity, and unprofessionalism."

Titled "The funeral cortege of former Pres. Cory Aquino: My tears came naturally," a part of the Filipino poem read: "Ang sabi ng iba—istupidong mayabang/At giit ng iba—istupidong mayaman/Mayaman man o mayabang ang tiyak diyan/Napakayaman n'ya sa kaistupiduhan."

Joey's poem also recalled Wowowee's "cheating scandal" two years ago, the height of the two hosts' highly-publicized argument. Joey and Willie had been natural opponents because their shows, Eat Bulaga! and Wowowee, compete for viewers on the same timeslot. The scandal, however, further escalated the tension. (Click here to read related story)

The poem read: "Tapos ng angalan, sunod paliwanagan/COMPLAIN before you EXPLAIN ka na naman!/O ito kaya ay isa na namang 'glitch' lang/Tulad ng 'two-zero' 'di na natin nalaman."

Here is the complete poem:

The funeral cortege of former Pres. Cory Aquino: My tears came naturally

Wala na sa piling ng mga Pilipino,
Tinig ng awiting Mga Kababayan Ko,
At lumisan na rin noong isang Sabado,
Inang nagpalipad sa awiting Bayan Ko.
Ako'y sumasaludo, paalam Pangulo,
May isa 'kong lihim, kay tagal itinago,
Sa lahat nang inabot kong mga namuno,
Tanging ikaw lang sa luha ko'y nagpatulo.

Marami ang nalungkot sa iyong pagyao,
Magalang ang lahat at puno ng respeto,
Nagpasalamat pa nga Kapamilya sa 'yo,
Dahil kanilang himpilan naibalik mo.

Subalit ano itong nabalitaan ko?
Nangyari noong Lunes, a-tres ng Agosto,
Habang inililipat ang mga labi mo,
Ika'y parang nabastos sa isang TV show.

At ang napakasaklap at masakit dito,
Ang nambastos pa'y kapamilya ng anak mo,
Napanood ito ng tao at publiko,
Kakaunti na nga, ngunit lahat nahilo.
Sabi ng TV host na mainit ang ulo
Pagkakita sa video na kanyang kasalo,
"Sandali, meron akong ano... sa'ting ano...
Hindi naman sa ano," nagkaanu-ano!
Ayon sa Internet, meron pa s'yang nasambit,
"Sana pakitanggal muna 'yan sa'ting traffic..."
At 'di maaalis sa iyong pag-iisip,
Ang parada ng patay ang pinaliligpit!
At dagdag pa daw ng naghahari-harian,
"I don't think na dapat n'yong ipakita iyan..."
Nasaan naman ang paggalang, o nasaan?
Mga sinasabi natin minsa'y pag-ingatan.

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At 'di pa nangimi nang sumunod na araw,
Pinilit pa ring ginawa n'ya ay tama raw,
Mga nakarinig 'di na nakagalaw
At ayon sa iba sila na la'y napa-wow!

"... Pero ako, totoo 'ko eh ... ", sabi kuno,
Totoo nga at totoo ring walang modo,
Pwede namang sabihin itong pa-sikreto,
Kaya't wala na rin mga paliwanag mo.

"Kung ganyan, pakita na lang 'yan!", ang hamon pa,
Para bang ang prusisyon nila-"lang - lang" lang ba,
Ang pangasiwaan ay pinapili pa n'ya,
Sumunod ang himpilan, nung August 5 wala s'ya.

May mga komentong pwede nang pang-harapan,
"On camera" baga sa TV ang tawag d'yan
At kung sensitibo man ang gustong bitawan,
Pagpasok ng commercial, hintayin mo na lang.

Matutong magbaba muna ng mikropono
At saka idikta lahat ng iyong gusto,
Lagi kang mataas lahat daw takot sa 'yo,
Ratings lang ang mababa — totoo ba ito?

The breaking news breaks your heart — at 'yan ang bawi mo,
Nang mahalata mong sumablay ang pasok mo,
Pero sigurado ika'y maa-abswelto,
'Di ba ikaw rin ang may-ari ng network n'yo?
Nung Hueves nag-apologize sa diario naman,
O, akala ko ba wala kang kasalanan,
Tapos ng angalan, sunod paliwanagan —
COMPLAIN before you EXPLAIN ka na naman!
O ito kaya ay isa na namang "glitch" lang,
Tulad ng "two-zero" 'di na natin nalaman,
O ito ay maliwanag na kabobohan?
Sa tingin ng marami, mahirap lusutan.

Ang sabi ng iba — istupidong mayabang,
At giit ng iba — istupidong mayaman,
Mayaman man o mayabang ang tiyak diyan,
Napakayaman n'ya sa kaistupiduhan.

Buti pa ang apat na honor guards ni Cory —
Sina Malab, Laguindan, Rodriguez, Cadiente,
Walong oras tumayo sa ulan at viaje,
Ang lahat ay tiniis at walang sinabi.

Samantalang ikaw na may bubong sa ulo,
Komportable ka lang sa malamig na studio,
Nang kapirasong libing sa TV sumalo,
Angal at inis ang sumambulat sa iyo.

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Maaari din namang pabayaan na s'ya,
Subalit ang nangyari'y mabigat talaga,
Namayapang pangulo'y huling paalam na,
'Di mo pa pinagbigyan ... hoy, nag-iisa ka!

At nais ko lang sabihin at ipagyabang
Sa mahigit na s'yam na libong tanghalian,
Sa limang pangulong sa Bulaga'y dumaan,
Kahit isa wala kaming nilapastangan.


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