Why is Vice Ganda making Vhong jokes?

By Reyma Buan-Deveza, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Feb 05 2014 04:51 PM | Updated as of Feb 06 2014 12:51 AM

MANILA -- Why is Vice Ganda suddenly making jokes about the mauling incident involving fellow "It's Showtime" host Vhong Navarro on the noontime show?

Last Saturday, while interviewing a "That's My Tomboy" contestant , Vice Ganda asked a "current events" question.

"Sa palagay mo, kung iimbitahan ka, pupunta ka ba sa condo ni Deniece?" he said, triggering laughs from the audience.

"Laurel! Laurel!" he quickly added, referring to the "Annaliza" star.

Then on Tuesday, during the "I Am Pogay" segment of the live show, contestant Limuel Dizon mentioned "safety" when asked to relate a bird cage to life for the question-and-answer portion.

"For safety! Naku, sabi ko na nga ba, Vhong, dapat nagdala ka ng hawla," Vice Ganda quipped, as he ran to the side of the stage, laughing.

In a chance interview with ABS-CBNNews.com on Wednesday, Vice Ganda explained that Navarro himself asked his "It's Showtime" family to make him laugh.

"'Yun ang request niya, 'patawanin niyo ako.' Kaya sabi ko, 'Sige papatawanin kita at araw-araw ikaw ang gagawin kong subject sa joke ko.' So pinapatawa ko siya. Tawa lang siya ng tawa," the comedian said.

"Hindi naman namin ginagawa ito para gumanti. Ginagawa namin ito para gumaan ang sitwasyon kasi as it is ay malungkot na kami sa 'Showtime' sa nangyari kay Vhong," he continued.

"Pero hindi kami pwedeng magpa-overpower sa lungkot kasi as it is malungkot nga. 'Yung mga nanonood sa kanilang bahay may mga pinagdadaanan din 'yan. Kung palulungkutin namin sila ng palulungkutin parang di namin mase-serve ang purpose ng show namin.

"Ang core ng 'Showtime' dapat laging happy kasi we want the madlang people happy," he explained.

Navarro is still in the hospital after he was beaten by the group of businessman Cedric Lee after model Deniece Cornejo claimed that Navarro tried to rape her in her condominium unit in Taguig last month.

"Si Vhong patuloy ang recovery niya kaya maging masaya tayong lahat pero matagal pa ito matatapos," Vice Ganda said. "Pero patuloy lang natin ang pagdarasal natin kay Vhong para sa hustisya para sa pangyayaring ito."

Asked if he believes that Navarro will get justice for what happened, the comedian replied: "Justice will be served. Hindi natin alam kung kailan pero, oo, justice will be served."

'Let's move forward'

The "Girl Boy Bakla Tomboy" star believes the public is slowly moving on from the controversy.

"Nung nagsimula ang isyung ito ang bigat bigat sa ating lahat. Ngayon unti-unti ng gumagaan at nakakaya na nating pag-usapan ng kaswal at nagiging biro na paminsan-minsan," he said. "Ito ay isang manipistayon na nakaka-move on na tayo. Kasi hindi tayo pwedeng habambuhay na lugmok at malungkot na mababa ang energy natin dahil sa pangit na pangyayari."

"Tutal alam naman natin ang nangyari, narinig na natin ang sinasabi nilang nangyari, kinapulutan na ito ng aral nating lahat. Kaya it's time to move forward. Gawin na nating light," the comedian said.

Vice Ganda admitted that some fans and even those working in the network have expressed concern about his jokes.

"Sinasabihan din ako ng management na 'okay 'yan pero hanggang diyan lang, hanggang ganito lang.' Alam ko din naman ang limitasyon. Ito ay ginagawa namin hindi para gumanti, hindi. Gusto lang namin na mapagaan 'yung pangyayari at makapagpasaya. At natutuwa kami na madami ang positibo ang pagtanggap sa biruan namin," he said.