Willie Sparks Controversy Anew

update: the original video of the episode has been removed so i am reposting the video with the appearance of janjan’s parent’s and willie’s apology

still If you don’t find anything wrong with this video—it  means there is something wrong with you… 

some youtube comments include:

A child crying while dancing like a man whore, while the host makes fun of him and even compared the kid to a stripper that makes money while showing her flesh, and they even made him do it over and over again? Yes he might not know that its bastos, but as you can see the kid is crying, so what do you do instead of comforting the child? lets make him dance some more because the audience enjoys it… nope nothing wrong here…

 Willie is the most stupid person I have ever seen on tv. This is kinda like bullying.

wala naman akong nakikitang masama dito eh….negative lang naman kasi tinitingnan hayyyyy mga tao talaga naghahanap lang talaga ng butas may maibato lang, i am not a fan of willie though pero wala akong nakikitang mali dito.

Here is DSWD  Secretary Dinky Soliman’s letter to TV5 chair MVP:

MR. MANNY V. PANGILINANChairmanABC Development Corporation
Dear Mr. Pangilinan:

This is with regard to the 12 March 2011 episode of your show “Willing Willie”, which was brought to my attention by several concerned citizens and groups. In the said episode, a six year-old boy named 

Jan-Jan Estrada was made to repeatedly perform dance moves usually done by adult dancers in indecent 
shows. The poor child was in tears and looked scared the entire time, as show host Willie Revillame poked fun at him and the audience laughed and cheered.
Under Republic Act No. 7610, also known as “Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act”, the term “child abuse” includes the following acts: “psychological and physical abuse, neglect, cruelty, sexual abuse and emotional maltreatment,” and “any act by deeds or words which debases, degrades or demeans the intrinsic worth and dignity of the child as a human being.”
Given that definition, it is unmistakable that what happened last 12 March 2011 to Jan-Jan Estrada was child abuse.
Persuading a little child to dance sexy adult dances in exchange for a measly sum, while he is being laughed at and ridiculed will definitely traumatize the child. What kind of values are we teaching our children through these shows, especially after Willie Revillame pushed Jan-Jan to do something against his will and then told him that it’s alright because he will receive money in exchange for it?
Given the foregoing, I am requesting that:(1)  Young children not be allowed to appear in Willing Willie and other similar shows in the network that cashes in on poverty;
(2)  Host Willie Revillame be rebuked for his insensitive and deplorable actions.
There are limits to children appearing on television, and clearly, your 12 March 2011 episode did not respect the rights of the child and traumatized the six year-old boy. I also wish to raise my concern that the show tends to cash in on the plight of the poor. There are other ways of helping the poor without having to degrade their dignity and earn money out of it.
I hope you can act on this swiftly and I would appreciate a response from your good office.

Thank you.
Very truly yours,

while this is the statement of the MTRCB:


“The Board received numerous complaints about the 12 March 2011 episode of ‘Willing Willie’ aired over Kapatid Network TV5 where a six-year old boy contestant was shown to be gyrating and impersonating the body movements of a macho dancer.

“In accordance with the Board’s duty to enforce the Constitutional mandate that the State shall defend the rights of children from all forms of neglect, abuse, cruelty, exploitation, and other conditions prejudicial to their development, the Board has referred the matter to the Hearing and Adjudication Committee for appropriate disposition.

“The Board further emphasizes that whenever children are featured in television programs, producers are mandated to observe legal standards stipulated in R.A. 7160 to avoid “psychological abuse xxx cruelty, sexual abuse and emotional maltreatment” and “any act by deeds and words which debases, degrades or demeans the intrinsic worth and dignity of the child.”


as expected Facebook pages have already sprouted to express their reactions on the incident:

Maybe there’s nothing wrong the first time, goading the boy to do his dance repeatedly was just too much.  Talaga bang kahit ano gagawin ng Pinoy para magkapera?

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