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ABS-CBN Wants Judge to Inhibit in Revillame Case

ABS-CBN cites “undisclosed relationship” and forged document in Willie Revillame's case.

Court documents showed that ABS-CBN lawyers filed an urgent motion today with the Regional Trial Court in Quezon City seeking an early resolution of their previous pleas for Judge Luisito Cortez to inhibit himself from hearing the legal dispute between the network and Willie Revillame. The dispute began when the actor moved to ABC TV5 and sued ABS for judicial confirmation of rescission of his talent contract.

ABS lawyers reiterated their complaint about the “numerous conflicting orders and resolutions” handed down by Cortez and cited an “undisclosed relationship” between the spouse of Judge Cortez, lawyer Angelita Ortega Cortez, and ABC 5 President Ray Espinosa, as a possible explanation for his rulings. Ms. Cortez and Espinosa worked in the same law firm in the past and where it was alleged that they developed “close professional and personal relationship.”

“Espinosa’s relationship with the spouse of [Judge Cortez] gives rise to the question of whether such relationship was taken advantage of [in the case] given the manner [Judge Cortez] handled the case to favor plaintiff Revillame and prejudice ABS CBN,” said the lawyers of ABS in their motion.

ABS lawyers argued that this “hidden fact” that had been recently discovered gives rise to a conflict of interest situation for Judge Cortez and calls on him to inhibit himself from the case.

Judge Cortez previously declined to issue a temporary restraining order (TRO) sought by ABS against the actor performing work for ABC TV5 and required Revillame to post a P426 Million bond to answer for the damages being claimed by his former station for breach of his talent contract.

ABS previously complained that after the denial of the TRO, Judge Cortez “shut down his court to defendant ABS CBN’s urgent application of injunctive relief, giving Espinosa, ABC and plaintiff Revillame a sigh of relief.”

ABS lawyers also charged Judge Cortes with bias and partiality for approving the P426 million bond posted by Revillame which contained the actor’s “forged signature.” In support of the charge, a side-by-side comparison of the actor’s signatures was presented in court showing the signature of Revillame on the bond “does not even remotely look like” his other signatures in documents previously submitted to the court.

ABS lawyers said that the submission of the bond with a forged signature is “perjury” and “falsification of commercial document.” If the forgery is proven, Revillame can face criminal charges involving penalties of up to 12 years of imprisonment. This is in addition to the other law suits the actor is already facing since he moved to a different station bringing an ABS hit show he previously hosted with him.

[The left column shows Willie Revillame’s alleged signature in the P426 million bond but it does not look like his real signature.]

36 Comments on ABS-CBN Wants Judge to Inhibit in Revillame Case

  1. ang yabang talaga ni willie, kapal ng mukha. kita nmn kung sino ang may pagkakamali… pupulutin ka lng sa kankungan…. tandaan mo yan…..

  2. Badeth Curtis // December 15, 2010 at 11:35 pm //

    May mga taong hinahangaan pa ang katulad ni Willie dahil ang buong akala nila si Willie ang pag asa nila sa umunlad buhay nila, nang gagamit din si Willie kung walang mag i sponsor sa show nya buti kung mag bigay ng tulong yan na mang gagaling talaga sa bulsa nya malakas lang loob nyan dahil marami syang sponsor. Sana ang mga tao marunong kayo makiramdam at tumingin kung sinu ang mabuting tao.

  3. JUICY News (DEC.14, 2010).. Ang pagmamataas at pananapak ng MAGULANG ni Sarah Geronimo kay Rayver! // December 15, 2010 at 8:37 pm //

    mga celebrities tlga ng TV5 halos lahat may kanya kanyang baho.

  4. gago pala kayo taga abs cbn kayo ang pumutol ng programang wowowee.mga tanag pala kayo..

  5. KAPAL NG MUKHA MO WILLIE!!!BINIGYAN KA NA NGA NG 2ND CHANCE NG ABS NA MAG HOST ULIT TAPOS GANYAN KA PA..MAHIYA KA NAMAN SA BALAT MO!!!

  6. pati pa ba naman pirma? pede naman po mag iba ng pirma as long na hindi ka gumagamit ng ibang pirma ng ibang tao

  7. PP AND LMLM FANS MUST BE IN THE COMPANY OF ALEX G, RICSKY, AND THE COPY-PASTERS HE SAID! // December 14, 2010 at 11:13 pm //

    Baka offensive tactics ang fake signature ni Willie.

  8. ano pa nga ba…ganun talaga pag my pera na…

  9. Hay naku!! // December 14, 2010 at 2:54 pm //

    Kaya pala nananalo itong grupo ni Willie eh kc biased yung judge.

  10. napaka kupal na tao nyang si willie. Lahat yata ng kasamaan nasa kanya na. saan ba nagugat ang mga kaso nya? diba sa pambabastos nya kay jobert sucaldito. Kung dun palang eh tama na ang aksyon na ginawa para masolusyunan nya ang problemang yun.

    ano ang ginawa nya? lumipat ng estasyon, gumawa ng sariling show gamit ang nakaw na format tapos ngayon pati pamemeke ng pirma? anu na lang ba di nya nagagawa? hmmm pagpatay ng kapwa artista?

  11. imagine…laking tulong na ginawa ng abs s kanya tapos binastos nya lang…wala syang utang na loob

  12. hindi nmn sana aabot sa korte yan usapan n yn kundi lang dahil jan s bastos n willie na yan kung marunong sana syang sumunod….

  13. kaya nga hongkong din dis appoint dn sa pinas…paanu kya kung lahat n lng wlang contrata..kc wla dn silbi sa pinas

  14. TO 71..EH TANGA KA PLA EH..HINDI NA NILA PINABABALIK SI WILLIE ANG KANILA NANG PINAGLALABAN AY ANGKARAPATAN NILA SA SHOW BEING COPYRIGHT BY THE CURRENT SHOW OF WILLIE NA HINDI NGA NAMAN MAIKAKAILA na tlgang almost the same sa wowowee..pti nga mga contestant wowowee nasasabi..ang this issue is about inhibiting the judge who has a relationship to tv5 president…yun un..despwerado ba yun?

  15. TO 71..EH TANGA KA PLA EH..HINDI NA NILA PINABABALIK SI WILLIE ANG KANILA NANG PINAGLALABAN AY ANGKARAPATAN NILA SA SHOW BEING COPYRIGHT BY THE CURRENT SHOW OF WILLIE NA HINDI NGA NAMAN MAIKAKAILA na tlgang almost the same sa wowowee..pti nga mga contestant wowowee nasasabi..ang this issue is about inhibiting the judge who has a relationship to tv5 president…yun un..despwerado ba yun?TANGA!BOBO!

  16. pity kapamilya // December 14, 2010 at 12:48 pm //

    kapamilya ako but my next station is kapatid -tv5. di kc ako nanonood ng asap kc at win na win kc puro lang sigawan ang mga singers at host. at nakakabadtrip ang mukha ni gary v at ni sarah geronimo paulit ulit ang number while other singers vocally better than the two were just given 1 song to share with 3 or 5 singers. morning news ill go for abs but evening news or tv patrol – no way! puro panis na ang news nyo. news sa umaga na piniprint na ng newspapers at pinapalabas na sa UKG ipapalabas parin, so our time will be spent for willing willie.

    kakahiya naman umaming kapamilya kung desperados lang naman kau sa iisang willie revillame.

  17. wake up abs // December 14, 2010 at 12:39 pm //

    mahiya kau, millions of filipinos know that abs is in the wrong tract! magaganda and quality ang mga shows nyo but please, dont act and think desperately. how pity are u. alam ng taong bayan na mali kayo at tama si willie. kung ayaw nyo palang pakawalan sya eh bakit nyo tinanggal nyo ang show? mag isip kau, all these moves u have guys against willie is a sign of being soo desperate. how pity are u!

  18. Dos porados // December 14, 2010 at 12:27 pm //

    kawawa naman ang abs!

  19. oi kaung mga judge kau, kala ko ba matatalino kau? unting kaso lang antagal malutas?! my god!

    ok lang sana kung ung disesyon nyu ei tama kahit matagal pero puro pandurugas at puro kamalian ang pinag gagawa nyu! anu pa ang silbe ng contrata kung ganyan nalang? kaya hindi umaasenso ang pilipinas dahil sa unting bagay lang hindi makuha kuha ang hustisya!

    at ikaw naman willie, masyado kang mayabang, oo alam naming nakakatulong ka sa mga tao pero wag mung ipangalandakan na nakakatulong ka, oo salamat sau dahil nakakatulong ka pero sa pang hihiya mu sa harap ng tv yang mga kasamahan mu sa trabaho, grave napakasama mu, karapat dapat kang tawaging SATANAS… At ang tv 5 lage nyung pinapangaladakan na kau na ang na ngunguna sa rating ei sa provencia nga namin hindi makuha kuha yang estasyon nyu? dahil sa disperada kau at sa bulok nyung amamaraan!

  20. ABS CBN KAM I // December 14, 2010 at 11:55 am //

    kapamilya…….pabayaan u n c willie..dagdag gastos lng yan..ung lawyes nyo pa ang yayaman jan eh……….kc kht lilipat cxa sa tv5.laalos din cxa.kc maliit lng ung audience share nila………..kht mag survey kau.nangunguna parin ang ABS……….nakarating na ako ng VISAYAS AT LUZON,,,,,ung VISAYAS at MIndanao purely ABS.ung Luzon lng kc MAHINA ang signal ng ABS.kailangan ng CABLE para clear ung chanel nyo……

  21. SPEAKING OF INJUSTICE // December 14, 2010 at 11:53 am //

    MUKHANG MAKAKALAYA NA ANG MGA VISCONDE MASSACRE INMATES.WALA KA TALAGANG AASAHANG HUSTISYA SA PINAS.KAWAWA NAMAN SI MANG LAURO

  22. SA NGALAN NG KATARUNGAN AT KAHIHIYAN // December 14, 2010 at 11:47 am //

    SA NGALAN NG KATARUNGAN AT KAHIHIYAN, DAPAT MAG-INHIBIT ANG JUDGE NA YAN.

  23. kapuso ako.pero sa labang ito ni abscbn—kakampi ako sa kapamilya network.may punto ang channel 2 sa kanilang petisyon.SA NGALAN NG KATARUNGAN, DAPAT MAG-INHIBIT ANG JUDGE NA YAN.

  24. ai nako-walang may gusto sa nagyari sa ultra.pero sa kasong ito ni willy—siguradong may nagmamanipula.

  25. wala daw justice kaya pla walng nngyari sa ultra masaker ksi puro suhol ang abs eh ngaun mas malaki manuhol ang tv5 kesa sa knila kasi puro utang di n kyang manuhol naghihikahos n ksi baon n s utang

  26. yeah tama dapat justice ang pinapaiiral…wag nyo gamitin ang masa para lang makalusot kayo sa mga maling pinaggagawa nyo….

  27. NAKAKAHIYA NA TALAGA ....ONLY IN THE PHILIPPINES... // December 14, 2010 at 10:24 am //

    KAYA KITA MO SI CRISTY FERMIN, daily sa article nya s bulgar ang pagtatanggol ky willie pano my starex pala..

  28. NAKAKAHIYA NA TALAGA ....ONLY IN THE PHILIPPINES... // December 14, 2010 at 10:23 am //

    EH SI CRISTY FERMIN NGA DAW SABI DUN SA ISANG WEBSITE BINIGYAN DAW NI WILLIE NG STAREX VAN…PINAPILI DAW KUNG 2M OR STAR EX…..

  29. NAKAKAHIYA NA TALAGA ....ONLY IN THE PHILIPPINES... // December 14, 2010 at 10:20 am //

    dapat justice talaga….ang laki ng difference ng pirma pero bakit nakalusot?

  30. kaya naman pla..kau tlgang TV5 kau..lumakas lng tlga kau lahat gagawin nyo..

  31. charoteelopez // December 14, 2010 at 10:03 am //

    kahit kapuso ako, may point ang pinaglalaban ng kapamilya. masyado nang ginamit/abuse ng tv5 at willie ang connection nila..

  32. dpat marusahan tlga c wilie kala mu kung cnu….at yang tv5 kala mu kung ckat na,dpat dati hndi pnapayagan nga abs mga artista n pahram kilala ang tv5 n dirty station

  33. 2little2late // December 14, 2010 at 8:12 am //

    MAGKANO NA KAYA NA SUHOL KA JUDGE???? KAYA PALA LAHAT PABOR KE WILLIE AHAHAHHAHA AT GANU NA KAYA KAYAMAN SI JUDGE NGAYON? SIGURADONG DIGLANG YAMAN NI JUDGE NYAN HAHAHAHA DAIG PA NANALO SA LOTTO HAHAHAHAH IMBESTIGAHAN SI JUDGE PTI NA BANK ACCOUNT NYAN!!! KYA WALA AT SIRA ANG CREDIBILITY NG MGA HUKOM DITOA DAHIL SA MGA JUDGE NA TULAD NITO EH PAREHONG MUKHANG PERA TULAD NI WILLIE

  34. wla kcng cilbi ng batas sa pinas kaya wla dn twla ng mga ibang lahi…

  35. pathetic, napaka desperado na talaga

  36. sarah basco // December 14, 2010 at 3:54 am //

    hahahaahah desperado ang mga kapalmuks cyempre ndi titigilan c willy hanggat may perang pang bayad ang abs maski cno pero tingnan natin kya nga dapat laban wil ilabas mo na rin iyong mga alam mo sa abs craan na kung craan iyong mga baho nila hehehehehe mas demonyo cla gya ng mga nagcocomen2 d2 sa starmometer puro bobo rin basta talo kyo ng tv5 kya galit na galit kyo heheheehehe mabuhay kapatid at kapuso go go go…

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