9 Jan – Radio personality Jobert Sucaldito has received backlash from celebrities and mental health advocates alike following his comments surrounding Nadine Lustre's recent reaction towards entertainment columnist Ricky Lo.
As reported on Rappler, the radio host recently shared his own two cents on his DZMM show regarding Lustre, who earlier slammed Lo for confirming what is now a false rumour about her breakup with James Reid and speculated that the latter was trying to "cushion the blow" due to the actress' mental health and the previous loss of her brother who ended his own life.
Stressing Lustre was the wrong party in this case, Sucaldito stated that entertainment writers like himself and Lo were only reporting celebrities' stories.
"They are the ones making stories and we make the mistake of writing about it and having people talk about it. Isn't that what they want? They show off their butts, wear T-backs, and put a caption about wanting to jump from a building. She should have jumped if that's the case," he said.
Following the show, netizens and celebrities alike took to social media to express their disgust over the comments, with the hashtag "SuicideIsNotAJokeJobert" now trending on Twitter.
Among those who blasted Sucaldito for his words were Bianca Gonzalez, who tweeted, "Making light of suicide and mental illness is not funny and should not be tolerated", as well as mental health advocate Dr. Gia Sison, who wrote, "Just a reminder that the Philippines already has RA 11036 known as the Mental Health Law which everyone should read or know about. Reminder too that suicide is NEVER a joke and that mental health should be taken seriously. Use your platforms wisely."
Sucaldito had since said his sorry for his remarks, as expressed in his statement broadcast on DZMM.
"I would like to apologize to Ms. Nadine Lustre and to those who got bothered by that in this aspect. I am also apologising to my radio network DZMM for putting them in discomfort because of this."
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