Betong wins ‘Survivor Philippines’
He takes home a P3-million grand prize while KC Montero cries foul

MANILA, Philippines – Comedian Albert Sumaya Jr, more popularly known as “Betong,” was crowned the celebrity sole survivor on “Survivor Philippines Celebrity Doubles Showdown” during the finale that aired February 10, live on GMA Channel 7.

SURVIVOR WINNER. Betong with fellow Survivor castaways John Odulio, Mara Yokohama, and Chuckie Dreyfus at Sinulog 2012. Photo courtesy of Chuckie Dreyfus.

A grand prize winner of P3-M, Sumaya is a host of “Ang Pinaka” and executive producer of the reality show “Day Off” — both on NewsTV Channel 11. Prior to joining GMA Network, he was a supervising producer of Probe Productions.

Sumaya received 4 votes to win the title. The votes came from his partner Maey Bautista, tribemates Chuckie Dreyfus, Arthur Solinap, and KC Montero. Other members of the Final 3 were actress Stef Prescott and professional surfer Mara Yokohama.

Immediately after his win on Friday night, celebrity friends sent congratulatory greetings to Sumaya on Twitter. Minutes after the finale, the words “Congrats Betong” also trended worldwide on Twitter.

The “Celebrity Doubles Showdown” is the fourth season of “Survivor Philippines.” A bit of controversy sparked when actor and radio host KC Montero alleged that he was cheated during the live show. “I deserve to be there. Dinaya ako. I was cheated. I was robbed.”

Later on Twitter he posted, “It hurts to sit here so close, knowing I should be in the top 3. Not a happy night” and “Congrats betong, but I had to walk off the stage.”

Montero, a frontrunner going into the finale, was voted off unanimously by the remaining members of the Top 4 in the vote leading up to the selection of the Final 3. Montero accused the jury of breaking the rules by influencing the voting when cameras were not rolling.  

Montero told Rappler, “I voted for Betong, my thing is, I was never given the opportunity to be in the Top 3, which i really think I deserved to be in. It is one thing if it was done within the rules, but being taken down from the sidelines is really hard to accept.” 

A representative from GMA Network meanwhile told Rappler that after the incident in question they had consulted with representatives from the international Survivor franchise and were given the green light to continue with the competition.  –

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