Willie Revillame charged with child abuse

Willie Revillame has been formally charged with child abuse Thursday. The case stemmed from the highly controversial ‘Jan-Jan incident’ that happened on his defunct show “Willing Willie.”

According to the Philippine Star, the television host is being accused of violating Republic Act 7610, otherwise known as the “Anti-Child Abuse Law,” for allegedly “exploiting the vulnerability of a minor.”

In a segment on Willie’s former show aired on March 12, 2011 on TV5, the 6-year-old boy was apparently made to girate like a macho dancer in exchange for a huge sum of money. Video clips show that Jan-Jan was crying while performing a sexually suggestive dance.

The child abuse case against Willie Revillame was filed after Assistant City Prosecutor Benjamin Samson found merit in the complaint filed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Council for the Welfare of Children. It was raffled off last May 27 to the Quezon City Regional Trial Court under Judge Roberto Buenaventura.

Reports said Samson’s resolution stated that Willie “unwittingly exposed [the boy] to mockery and humiliation” and that he “should have been prudent” in dealing with a minor.