Child Abuse complaint

DSWD, concerned citizens file child abuse complaint against Willing Willie

Dinky Soliman acting in her capacity as Department of Social Welfare secretary filed a child abuse complaint against celebrity Willie Revillame before the Quezon City prosecutor’s office. Father Robert Reyes, Froilan G. Grate, Frances Irene Bretana, and Noemi Lardizabal-Dado filed as co-complainants. The Department of Social Welfare and Development, and concerned citizens charged Wille Revillame with child abuse as defined under Republic Act 7610 (The Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation, and Discrimination Act).

On 12 March 2011, the complainants allege that six year old Jan-Jan danced lewdly on television and Mr. Revillame’s “inconsiderate” comments according the complaint, showed deliberate intent to “portray the boy as a macho dancer to do things against his will in exchange for money.”

Revillame is the host of Willing Willie, a game show produced by Associated Broadcasting Company, and Wil Productions, Inc. It airs on ABC’c Channel 5. Advertisers for the show withdrew in light of the controversy forcing the show to go on hiatus.