Tito, Vic, Joey want to help “Hello Papie” probe

Tito, Vic, Joey want to help “Hello Papie” probe
By Gil C. Cabacungan Jr.
Last updated 08:19pm (Mla time) 08/31/2007

MANILA, Philippines — The comedy trio Tito, Vic and Joey are keen on bringing their street smarts to the Senate, which is looking into the “Hello Papie’’ controversy of their rival show.


The comedy trio hosting the noontime TV program “Eat Bulaga” on GMA 7 is willing to appear before the Senate to provide “key inputs’’ on how to run a scam-proof game on television.


Senators Manuel Roxas II, chairman of the committee on trade and commerce, Ramon Revilla Jr., of the committee on information and mass media, and Manuel Lapid, of the committee on games and amusement, have expressed interest in looking into the scandal.


Roxas has already asked the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to explain why they have failed to monitor these TV show contests to protect the interest of TV viewers.


Roxas said the TV games were clearly part of the coverage of DTI, which was still verifying complaint against the show, because the TV viewers were like consumers that should be protected from being duped.


Tito Sotto, a former senator, said he and his co-hosts — Vic Sotto and Joey de Leon — could help the lawmaker son the mechanics of TV games having had close to 30 years’ experience in hosting and crafting novelty games on the boob tube.


Eat Bulaga started airing in 1979.


“We’re ready to volunteer our experience on how to host a TV game and how to ensure the integrity of these contests. We will tell them how these are run so that the host would not make a mistake,’’ said Sotto, a two-time senator who lost in his attempt to return to the Senate last May.


The Senate is looking into the mounting verbal complaints against Willie Revillame, host of rival variety show “Wowowee,” who was caught fumbling in revealing where the jackpot number “2’’ in the show’s “Wilyonaryo’’ portion was placed.


Revillame claimed that he has nothing to explain because there have been no complaints, while Wowowee’s producer, ABS CBN Broadcasting Corp., has dismissed the incident as an honest mistake.

But Sotto said it was “too much a stretch’’ for ABS-CBN to claim that having two sets of numbers in the jackpot wheel because the video footage clearly showed that Revillame had control of what number to show.


“Everybody can see the irregularity. You cannot afford to make a mistake here and you cannot put two numbers in one box,’’ said Sotto who noted that this incident has never happened in their show .


“There might have been one instance where we prematurely opened the jackpot number but never have we placed two numbers in one box,’’ said Sotto.


De Leon earlier urged the Senate to turn its attention from the “Hello Garci’’ scandal to the “Hello Papie [Revillame’s pet name]’’ scandal because millions of TV viewers were concerned about the integrity of TV game shows. De Leon and Revillame had previously exchanged harsh words on their respective shows.


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