TV host gives P5 M to jeepney drivers, kin of OFWs killed in Lebanon blast 

Published August 7, 2020, 5:10 PM

by Argyll Cyrus Geducos

GMA host Willie Revillame on Friday donated P5 million to assist the jeepney drivers who were displaced by the COVID-19 quarantine, and a separate check to the families of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who died in the blast in Beirut, Lebanon this week.

Revillame made the donation during Presidential spokesman Harry Roque’s press briefing on Friday afternoon.

According to Revillame, it pained him to see jeepney drivers begging on the streets due to the loss of their livelihood because of the pandemic.

“Sa sarili kong pinag-ipunan, dahil ako naman po ay may trabaho ngayon, gusto kong tumulong una doon sa mga jeepney drivers (This is from my own savings and because I still have a job now. I want to help first to the jeepney drivers),” he said.

“Sa tingin ko ito ang mga unang nangangailangan (I think they really are the ones who are in need),” he added.

Revillame said he is willing to donate P5 million to help the jeepney drivers through Roque. Roque assured the TV host that his donation will be turned over to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

“Balak ko ho ay magbigay ng P5 million ngayon, sa araw na ito, at handa ako na ibigay sa jeepney drivers na talagang namamalimos na (I plan on donating P5 million today and I am willing to give it to the jeepney drivers who are already out on the streets and begging),” he said.

“P5 million ngayon, next month magbibigay ulit ako ng P5 million para doon ho sa mga tao na talagang nangangailangan (It’s P5 million today and maybe another P5 million next month for those who are really in need),” he added.

“Kung kakayanin ko monthly ito, sasabihin ko kay Secretary Harry Roque (If I can do it monthly, I will tell Secretary Roque),” he continued.

Meanwhile, Revillame also gave P100,000 each to the families of the Filipinos who died in the massive explosion that took place in Beirut, Lebanon this week.

Roque told Revillame to give the check directly to the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).

Roque has been holding his pressers in Revillame’s WilTower in Quezon City this week after work at the New Executive Building (NEB) that houses the briefing room in Malacañang was suspended due to the number of COVID-19 cases at the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) main proper.