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As a way of paying tribute to Mang Dolphy, TV5's top executive said the network is interested in airing the old films of the "King of Comedy" under the latter's own film outfit, RVQ Films.
Manuel V. Pangilinan, TV5 chairman, said he still does not know how it can be done but the idea of acquiring the rights for Rodolfo Quizon's movies is something the network is "thinking about."
"Pero nothing yet kasi di pa namin alam who owns the rights to these films. It's probably something we should find out by tonight," Pangilinan told reporters at the sidelines of the PLDT-Mall of Asia Arena contract signing on Thursday afternoon.
Pangilinan, who is also the PLDT chairman, said he would be the last speaker at the TV5 tribute to Dolphy at the Heritage Park in Taguig on Thursday night.
ZsaZsa Padilla, Dolphy's partner for over 20 years, thanked TV5 management "who continued to give Dolphy his salary throughout the remainder of his life."
"Thank you for the respect you gave his name for honoring his contract despite knowing he could never tape again," she tearfully said during the necrological services on Wednesday evening.
The network offered the gesture because management felt "strongly" that it was TV5's contractual obligation to continue, Pangilinan said.
"And [it was also] as a way demonstrating to Mang Dolphy and to the family we're there for him. If he could fight his illness and get him back, that was a tangible way of telling him, 'please come back, get well and recover fully'," the TV5 executive said.
Pangilinan added that the the network was not much concerned about the comedian's health at the time he signed a contract three years ago since Dolphy looked healthy enough and it was only during the last few weeks that TV5 management "got worried".
"Well I think Dolphy is forever, iconic figure and we welcomed him three years ago as I'd like to think our youngest Kapatid at that time. And I think he's a durable personality. It's sad to see him go so soon," said Pangilinan, who watched Dolphy on films and on TV when he was younger.
"Personally I feel sad about it--I think all of us in TV5 feel very much the loss of Mang Dolphy. So we've sent our sincerest condolence to the family, to ZsaZsa and Erik. To all the members of the family."