Actor and TV host Willie Revillame announced during the Palace press briefing on Friday, August 7, that he will be donating P5 million for displaced jeepney drivers and P100,000 for the families of Oversease Filipino Workers (OFWs) who were killed in the explosion in Beirut.
The celebrity joined Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque in his virtual presser these past two weeks which was being held at Revillame’s WilTower in Quezon City, after Roque’s office was closed due to COVID-19 cases.
Revillame stated that he wants to extend his hands because he is still able to continue his work amid the pandemic through GMA 7’s Wowowin Tutok to Win
“Sa sarili ko pong pinag-ipunan, dahil ako naman po ay may trabaho ngayon. Gusto kong tumulong una sa mga jeepney drivers kasi sa tingin ko ito yung unang may mga kailangan. Nakita ko yun sa Manila, hirap na hirap, at sa Quezon City,” said the TV host.
Revillame will be turning over the check to the Presidential Spokesperson’s office, in which he stated that he have no idea how the donation will be distributed.
“Di naman to pagmamayabang, ito lang pwede kong matulong sa gobyerno kasi di naman ako pwede lumapit kay Mr. President, ito ibibigay ko. Siguro sayo (Roque) nalang,” Willie added.
His plan is to initially release P5 million, with another P5 million next month.
“Sobra kong pinagpala ngayon, I think sa industriya ako lang ang may trabaho na live. P5 million ngayon, next month magbibigay ako ng P5 million para dun sa mga taong nangangailangan. Kung kakayanin kong monthly ito, sasabihin ko kay Secretary Harry Roque,” he emphasized.
Roque agreed to accept the Revillame’s donations which will be turned over to the Social Welfare and Transportation government departments.
“Meron po talaga silang sistema ng ayuda na binibigay sa mga jeepney drivers. Sisiguraduhin natin na lahat ng binigay niyo na ayuda ay makakarating sa mga jeepney drivers,” the Presidential Spokesperson explained.
Moreover, Revillame added that he is willing to give P100,000 cash assistance to the four families of OFWs who were killed in the explosion of Beirut, Lebanon on Tuesday.
Roque stated that the said donation will be turned over to Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).