Cristy Fermin confirms Willie Revillame in talks with Manny Villar

Published February 7, 2022, 4:56 PM

by Neil Ramos

Willie Revillame’s impending departure from GMA has been hot topic for days now.

Many are speculating as to what exactly made Willie decide to end his run with the network.

In “Cristy Ferminute,” Monday, host Cristy Fermin maintained Willie did not “betray” GMA.

“Nagsabi din naman siyang mag-e-extend siya (ng kontrata) with GMA. Noong Enero nga e, pipirma na talaga dapat siya. Nakahanda ang papel pero hindi ito natuloy,” she shared.

As to why, Willie supposedly said: “Wala akong pahinga.”

Cristy noted how Willie was busy with the show all throughout the pandemic, even going to use several locations just to make sure the show airs as scheduled.

She added, “Hindi totoo na hindi ni-renew ng GMA ang kontrata, matagal ng kasado ang kontrata, si Willie ang hindi pumirma.”

But it doesn’t mean that Willie left GMA in the lurch.

“Todo ang pasasalamat ni Willie sa pamunuan ng network. Napakaganda ng kanilang magiging paghihiwalay, maayos, marespeto…sumulat si Willie mismo kay Atty. Gozon, hindi ang kanyang mga abugado ha? Nagbigay siya ng pasasalamat at respeto dito.”

Cristy also shared that Willie is not exactly in a happy place at the moment.

She even quoted Willie as telling her, “Inang, Kapag naglalakad ako naiiwanan ang isang paa ko.”

No, he didn’t have a stroke.

According to Cristy, this means “Malungkot, masakit, napakahirap ng kanyang sitwasyon.”

As to Willie supposedly now in negotiations with Manny Villar, owner of Advanced Media Broadcasting System, Inc. (AMBS), a company granted by the The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) provisional authority (PA) to use the frequency once owned by ABS-CBN until 2023, Cristy said, “Hindi tinatago ni Willie na kinakausap siya ng pamilya Villar.”

“Feb 2 pinuntahan si Willie ng mag-ama, si Manny at Camille sa Tagaytay, naglabasan ang mga litrato nito, so, hindi naman itinatago.”

She explained further the ties between the two parties. “Business partner ng mga Villars si Willie Revillame. Napakalaki ng utang na loob na tinatanaw ni Willie Revillame sa pamilyang Villar…”

But what exactly will Willie do, if ever, being part of Villar’s new acquisition?

Cristy said: “Magiging malaki-laking bahagi siya ng istasyon na itatayo ng mga Villar.”

 
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