TV host Willie Revillame said he is donating P5 million to jeepney drivers displaced by the pandemic, as well as P100,000 each to the families of the four overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who died in the Beirut blast.
The Kapuso celebrity made the announcement during the Palace press briefing of Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Friday.
These past two weeks, Roque has been holding his virtual presser at Willie’s WilTower in Quezon City after his office at the New Executive Building was closed off due to COVID-19 cases.
According to Willie, or Kuya Wil to his viewers, he wants to help as he’s been “blessed enough” to continue working amid the health crisis via his GMA 7 show 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 Willie.
Willie said he’s entrusting his donation to Roque, adding that he has no idea how its distribution will be carried out. “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.”
His plan was to release P5 million initially, with another cash aid of the same amount next month. He explained, “Sobra akong 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.”
Roque said that the donation 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.”
Willie also said that he’s willing to extend a cash assistance worth P100,000 to each of the families of the OFW victims of the powerful blast that rocked Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, on Tuesday evening.
“‘Yung apat na pamilya po na naulila, I’m willing to give P100,000 each,” he said.
Roque said the said donation will be handed over to the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration or OWWA.