An uproar erupted amongst the friends of deceased comedian and activist Tado Jimenez after reports came out that star game show host Willie Revillame “took care” of moving his remains from the scene of the accident back to Manila. According to an Interaksyon report singer Dong Abay and radio personality Gang Badoy-Capati took to Facebook and Twitter to denounce Revillame and PhilStar columnist Ricky Lo who wrote the report…
Writer Candice Lopez Quimpo chimed in in a tweet seemingly directed to Revillame and Lo as well saying “Multuhin ka sana, sinungaling”. Translated: “I hope you are haunted by [an unnamed person’s] ghost.” Quimpo also tweeted that “Willie Revillame is a liar. This story is false,” providing a link to Lo’s article in the same tweet.
Capati fired off a series of tweets that belied the report and clarified that Tado was fetched by a party of family and friends, including herself and members of the activist groups Rock Ed Philippines and Dakila.
“Willie Revillame, why would you take that truth away from Tado’s friends?” she lamented in one post.
Lo’s PhilStar report where this was apparently first revealed disclosed thus…
When Willie learned about the accident, he instructed his trusted man, Jay Montelibano, to take care of everything — bring Tado’s body from the Mountain Province for the wake at the Paket Santiago Funeral Homes (on V. Gomez, San Roque in Marikina, from Sunday night to tomorrow when Tado’s remains are cremated and at the Marikina Loyola Memorial Park). Willie is shouldering all the expenses.
However, on second reading, one will note that this was a statement on Revillame’s intent to take care of Jimenez’s body but is silent on whether or not the intent was actually carried out.
Interaksyon further observed that “Abay deleted the [a Facebook] post [where he requested that people bop Revillame over the head] after just over an hour.” The post had attracted 168 “Likes” and 34 comments at the time Interaksyon cited it.
Capati, for her part, in a subsequent tweet announced she had deleted all her tweets on the matter. “I deleted everything regarding that. No space deserved. Done.”
A case of knee-jerk over-reaction? Seems like it.
Tado Jimenez rose to fame posthumously after the bus he was riding up to the Mountain Province crashed. He was a regular guest in Willie Revillame’s now defunct game show Wowowee and was reportedly promised a co-hosting job in Revillame’s next show.[Photo courtesy Bubblews.com.]
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