Willie Revillame signs contract with TV-5 despite P486 M counterclaim damage suit filed by ABS-CBN

Aksyon video: Willie Revillame signs with TV-5.

Former Wowowee host Willie Revillame has signed a contract with TV-5 despite the P486 million counterclaim damage suit filed by ABS-CBN for allegedly violating his contract with the Kapamilya network, reports PEP.ph. The contract is supposed to end in September 2011. He told Inquirer.net that he inked the contract with TV-5 Chairman Manny Pangilinan on September 7.

According to the Inquirer.net report, Revillame will launch two shows in October, Willing Willie and Born to Be a Star. However, only the primetime variety and game show Willing Willie was mentioned in the statement of TV-5 reported by PEP.ph on September 18.

The TV-5 statement said Revillame has "rescinded his contract with (ABS-CBN) after his lawyers settled the legalities of his situation and gave him the go (signal) to sign with TV-5." Revillame’s lawyer Joel L. Bodegon said in the statement, "With everything we’ve done and the actions we plan to do, we believe that Willie (can) work and grow anywhere he wants to."

Aksyon video: Willie Revillame and his staff visit the new set of Willing Willie.

On September 16, ABS-CBN filed a P486-million counterclaim damage suit in response to the P11.5-million damage and rescission of contract filed by Revillame, reports Inquirer.net. According to PEP.ph, ABS-CBN cited in their counterclaim the alleged violations committed by Revillame such as his outburst during the cortege of the late President Cory Aquino that was broadcast live as an inset in Wowowee, his threat to resign from Wowowee if ABS-CBN does not fire entertainment reporter Jobert Sucaldito, and his appearance in the August 15 episode of TV-5’s Paparazzi.

In an interview with PEP.ph, Revillame said, "So sad na we came to this point--umabot kami sa korte. Pero siguro, what I can just do is (dwell on happy) memories than talk about damage (It’s sad that we came to the point of having legal battles. I guess I can just dwell on the happy memories instead of talking about the damage)."

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