MANILA - "Pinoy Big Brother" housemate Fourth Pagotan vowed to support Fifth after his twin brother's admission about his sexual orientation.
In the episode of the reality show aired Friday, 22-year-old Fourth became emotional as he confessed to Big Brother his apprehensions about Fifth's decision to go public about being bisexual.
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"Hindi naman po mahalaga 'yung sinasabi ng ibang tao, mga komento ng ibang tao. Pero, siguro, natatakot lang din po ako sa mga sasabihin nila," Fourth said. "Kinakatakot ko po na husgahan siya, na 'yung family namin, ako, masaktan, 'yung mommy namin."
Fourth said he has known Fifth's sexual preference since they were in high school.
He said Fifth did not tell him outright, and that he only found out due to circumstances -- details of which he did not divulge.
Emphasizing that he does not mind his brother's sexual orientation, Fourth added that he has always been supportive of Fifth as long as he is happy.
Asked if they have discussed the issue directly, Fourth said that whenever Fifth had problems with his partner, he would give him advice.
Fourth readily said "Yes" when asked by Big Brother if he accepts Fifth, but did not contain his emotions when he expressed concern that his brother feels burdened with having to confront the issue on national TV.
"Opo, Kuya, tanggap ko po. Buong-buo po, tanggap ko po," he said.
"Natatakot lang po talaga ako sa mga puwedeng mangyari pag labas po, mga puwede pong sabihin... Ayoko po siyang makitang naghihirap po, Kuya, nasasaktan. Kung puwede lang saluhin din o ipasan din 'yung nararamdaman niya, kukuha po ako para po gumaan po. Sobra pong mahalaga sa akin ang kapatid ko."
'Nandito lang ako'
In the Wednesday episode of "Pinoy Big Brother," Fifth admitted being bothered by an anonymous comment from "the outside world."
"Ayan na naman si ****, parang bakla kung magreklamo kaya siguro 'di sila magkasundo ni ****," a comment read to the housemates by co-host Robi Domingo said.
'Pinoy Big Brother' housemates Fourth and Fifth Pagotan. ABS-CBN
Although the comments did not identify anyone, Fifth admitted he felt the statement mentioning someone's sexuality pertained to him. He noted that last week, he was complaining a lot about complications in their tasks.
In the confession room, Fifth said that even before joining "Pinoy Big Brother," he had always dreamed of joining show business. He noted that he has done some commercial modeling prior to becoming a housemate.
Fifth said he is concerned that revealing his sexuality would prevent him from achieving his goals, or that it would affect negatively whatever level of success he now has in his preferred career.
He also expressed apprehensions about his family getting affected by reactions to his coming out, despite them being aware and accepting of his being bisexual.
Explaining that he has noticed his brother feeling uneasy since admitting his sexuality, Fourth vowed that he will support Fifth unconditionally.
"Kahit ano'ng mangyari, nakasuporta naman ako sa kanya. Kakambal niya ako, kuya niya ako, kadugo niya ako, so kung ano man ang maging desisyon niya sa tingin niyang tama, nandito lang po ako," Fourth said.
After speaking with Big Brother, Fourth approached Fifth and told him the same concerns -- and words of encouragement -- he shared in the confession room.
"Pinoy Big Brother: All In" airs weeknights on Primetime Bida, and on Saturdays and Sundays as part of ABS-CBN's Yes! Weekend line-up. Afternoon updates are also aired via "Uber" on weekdays.