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Mediation of Willie, ABS-CBN case to start next month

The camps of Willie Revillame and ABS-CBN agreed on Wednesday to hold their first mediation hearing early next month. Both parties hope to reach an out-of-court settlement with regard to the television host’s contract with the Kapamilya network when the mediation process begins on December 3.

“We are hopeful that the parties will come to a settlement soon in time for Christmas,” mediator lawyer Jovy Beldad said as he faced the legal counsels of both parties on Wednesday at the Quezon City Hall of Justice. They are given 30 days to reach an agreement. The talks can be extended for another 30 days depending on the progress of the mediation process.

According to Revillame’s legal counsel, lawyer Dennis Espejo, his client is open for a settlement. The Philippine Mediation Center is also optimistic that it can help bring the case into a resolution. Otherwise, it said the case will go back to the court for a final verdict.

Last May 25, the network suspended and placed Revillame under probation after he publicly asked the network to sack talent and showbiz reporter Jobert Sucaldito for allegedly attacking “Wowowee” guests on the latter’s radio program.

The management eventually pulled the plug on “Wowowee,” prompting Revillame to unilaterally end his contract. ABS-CBN, however, refused to release Revillame from his contract obligations.

Revillame has sought judicial confirmation of the rescission of his contract with the network last August 20. He also asked for more than P11 million in damages and legal fees from the TV network.

The court, on the other hand, granted the network’s petition to ask Revillame to deposit an amount of more than P400-million bond while the case is being heard.

Pokwang and I are good friends, says K

TWO OF the most in demand comedians K Brosas and Pokwang brushed off rumors saying they are trying to outdo each other in popular afternoon variety show “Pilipinas Win na Win” (PWNW).Brosas refuted the rumors saying she and Pokwang are good friends – on and off cam.

“Hindi kami nagsasapawan. Walang ganoon. Nagbibigayan. “Tsaka nakakatawa, mayroon kaming rapport na normal, hindi namin pinag-usapan. Kusa siyang lumabas,” Brosas said.

On the other hand, Pokwang said in a separate interview that PWNW hosts have equal distribution of labor in the show and that they do not steal each other’s moments.

“Nakikita niyo naman siguro iyong division of labor namin hindi ba? May kanya-kanya kaming moment,” she said. Brosas filled in for Pokwang’s role while the latter went out of the country for some work commitments.

The two are now hosting PWNW together bringing joy to a lot of its viewers. (MNS)

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