Villanueva on Roque infomercial error: 'Even in showbiz, miscommunication rarely committed'

Published May 27, 2021, 4:09 PM

by Vanne Elaine Terrazola

Senator Joel Villanueva on Thursday, May 27, related to show business the mistake of President Duterte’s spokesperson of attributing to Vice President Leni Robredo the call for a joint informercial on COVID-19 vaccines.

Senator Joel Villanueva speaks during a Senate hearing on February 24, 2020. (Senate PRIB/Henzberg Austria)

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque erroneously claimed that Robredo was pushing to be featured in a public service announcement along with Duterte, even saying that the Vice President “volunteered” in an attempt to piggyback on the supposed success of the government’s vaccination program.

Contrary to Roque’s statement, it was Villanueva who broached the idea of Duterte and Robredo teaming up to boost the public’s confidence on coronavirus vaccines.

“These are the usual kinks in casting the talents of a blockbuster ad. But even in showbiz, this kind of miscommunication is rarely committed by talent managers,” Villanueva said in a text message to reporters.

The senator admitted that it would be difficult to have the two Philippine top officials in a single ad. The two are of opposing political parties.

“Alam po natin na mas madali pang ipagtambal si Romeo and Juliet (We all know that it’s easier to feature Romeo and Juliet). But with vaccine fake news on the rise, we need a pushback, through an infomercial featuring, to use showbiz lingo, ‘ang dalawang higante sa pulitika (the two giants of politics)’,” Villanueva said.

The camp of Robredo on Thursday corrected Roque, saying the Vice President never volunteered to do the vaccine infomercial with Duterte. Roque, on the hand, insisted on his claim.