Filipino Tv Network Blamed For Deadly Stampede

A Filipino TV network has been accused of treating thousands of hopeful game show contestants "like animals", after a stampede led to the death of 74 people.

Six hundred people were injured and 74 killed when a huge crowd surged towards the gate of a Manila, Philippines, stadium on Sunday (05FEB06) in the hope of being chosen as a contestant for the ABS-CBN network's WOWOWEE show.

The show was celebrating its first anniversary and offering cars and a house, as well as the usual jackpot of 1 million pesos ($19,330/GBP10,700) to the winners, which would have been picked at random from the audience.

The head of the government inquiry MARIUS CORPUS said the people - some of whom had spent days waiting outside the stadium - were "exploited, manipulated, treated like animals".

He continued, "The decision or act of offering so few tickets to so many people can be likened to throwing a small slice of meat to a hungry pack of wolves and this triggered the stampede.

"There was an obvious and substantial lack of preparation by the organiser."

In response, ABS-CBN chairman EUGENIO LOPEZ says, "I am responsible and I will hold myself accountable should our justice system so determine. While we acknowledge that we may possibly have had some shortcomings, a callous and malicious disregard for the people is not one of them."


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Gudday,For the world to know, a giant filipino network -ABS-CBN to be specific has never treated its fans "like animals." Yes, the network may have its shortcomings too but to utter those irrational words coming from DILG undersecretary (government official0 Corpuz was naive, malicious,and a statement of a BOBO. Of which later, he apologized realizing his idiosnycracies.
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