Comedian Wally Bayola
MANILA -- Comedian Wally Bayola has not appeared on the noontime show "Eat Bulaga," which he regularly co-hosts, since a video allegedly showing him having sexual intercourse circulated online early this week.
The 41-year-old TV host was absent from the program on Tuesday and Wednesday, following the spread of the alleged sex video on Monday, September 2.
Bayola's business manager, Malou Choa Fagar, earlier confirmed to GMA News that the comedian will be temporarily on leave from "Eat Bulaga."
One of the female dancers on the program, nicknamed Yosh, has yet to speak on the issue, after her name was brought up as the alleged woman in the sex video supposedly with Bayola.
The comedian, who rose to fame for his hit act with co-host Jose Manalo, is married and with five children.
Bayola's alleged "sex scandal" is the latest controversy of its kind to make headlines locally, following the likes of actor Hayden Kho's supposed "collection" of videos, and more recently, Parokya ni Edgar frontman Chito Miranda's "leaked private video" in August.
Miranda has already brought the case to the National Bureau of Investigation, which launched an investigation to track down the suspect behind the spread of the video.
The singer's complaint cited a violation of the Republic Act 9995 or the Anti-Photo and Video Voyeurism Act of 2009.
If proven guilty of the violation, the suspect may be imprisoned for up to seven years or fined up to P500,000.