The clamor from fans to stop the guesting of Senator Bong Revilla in Alden Richards’ primetime TV series “The Gift” continues to gather steam. But, of course, there are opinions to the contrary, and the pressure is now on the Kapuso Network to decide if it would push through with the plan.
The hashtag #NoToBongRevillaOnTheGift was filled with negative sentiments from netizens on the senator’s appearance in “The Gift”. Many are saying that this would tarnish the image of Alden and the series, as Revilla just figured in a plunder case.
A tweet by @marcinareus02 said: “Taking a political, and more importantly a moral stand. It’s not enough that he was not made to pay for his plundering, but to use the show to improve his image. Isn’t a corrupt politician one of Sep’s oppressors?” Sep is the character being played by Alden in the GMA 7 series, which just entered its second month of airing.
Even veteran talk show host, columnist and talent manager Lolit Solis is being bashed for pushing the addition of Revilla in the cast of “The Gift”.
The talent manager, in her column in the Pilipino Star Ngayon published on Friday (November 15), discredited the attack against Revilla, saying those who oppose his guesting in “The Gift” are not really fans of Alden. She also said Revilla’s appearance in the series is a show of gratitude for what the senator did in the past to help jumpstart the career of Alden.
“Alam ng mga tunay na nagmamahal kay Alden kung paano ito inalagaan ni Bong noong bago pa lang siya sa showbiz. Nakasama ni Bong si Alden sa kanyang television show at pelikula noon. Madalas purihin ni Bong ang pagiging matiyaga at masipag ni Alden. Lagi rin niyang sinasabi noon na malayo ang mararating ni Alden at nangyari na nga ito,” Solis said.
But the netizens wouldn’t have any of this. @sisaisagani said in her tweet: “Who will believe the scam queen? … take it, take it … ang daling makalimot ng pinoy kaya madaling mauto #NoToBongRevillaOnTheGift.” @sisaisagani was alluding to the manipulation of the results of the Best Actor and Best Actress awards in the 1994 Metro Manila Film Festival involving Solis.
And it’s a legit call to @gmanetwork to please sit & discuss what you’re planning to do. Not just for TheGift but for that show for kids!”