When Willie found out about their contract with ABS-CBN, he called up John via cellphone on air during his variety show and berated John for not considering his offer. This was a totally unexpected move considering John thought he would be able to clarify things with his friend. “Hindi ko alam na live pala ako. Akala ko mag-uusap lang kami. That night when he called me up, sasabihin ko na, alam ko magagalit siya, nag-eksplika ako ng maayos. Pero hindi nga ako naka-react eh. Kaya wala akong masabi over the phone. Pinakinggan ko na lang siya. At the same time, ang huling sinabi ko sa kanya, tatawagan ko na lang siya ulit kasi hindi kami magkakaintindihan eh. That was the last time we talked,” he shared.
John also showed his unwillingness to burn bridges with his friend by not sharing with some press people’s sentiments that what Willie did was a form of power-tripping, because he chose to broadcast what was supposed to be a private conversation between friends. “To be honest, ang daming nagsasabi sa akin that it was power tripping na ginawa niya yun. Pero ang sagot ko dun, ang totoo, baka sa akin hindi yun ganun. Nag-react lang siya bilang isang kaibigan,” he explained.
Another issue that further fueled the flames of their rift was his absence at Willie’s 50th birthday celebration held last January 29, which he and Randy Santiago were reportedly supposed to host. “Hindi naman sa hindi kami dumating. Hindi na kami inimbita. To set the record straight, hindi na kami pinaimbita. Alam na namin yun, siyempre naman. Hindi sa hindi kami sumipot dun, hindi kami ganun,” he clarified.