MANILA — Showbiz columnist and DZMM host Jobert Sucaldito on Wednesday issued an apology to actress Nadine Lustre, following widespread backlash over his comment in relation to her mental health.
In a statement broadcast on DZMM, Sucaldito said: “I would like to apologize to Ms. Nadine Lustre and to those who got bothered by that sa aspetong ito. I am also apologizing to my radio network DZMM for putting them in discomfort because of this.”
Sucaldito made the suicide-related remark Monday on his late-night program “Showbuzz,” as he criticized Lustre for her earlier statement denying columnist Ricky Lo’s report that she had broken up with her long-time boyfriend and co-star James Reid.
As the on-air comments made the rounds on social media, #SuicideIsNotAJokeJobert became a top trend on Twitter, with netizens coming to the defense not only of Lustre, but those who have mental health struggles.
Earlier on Wednesday, ABS-CBN News head Ging Reyes issued a statement regarding Sucaldito’s tirade against Lustre, saying: “We in ABS-CBN News take the issue of mental health very seriously. This was even the subject of a recent documentary that was produced. We are investigating reports that DZMM host Jobert Sucaldito uttered inappropriate and insensitive comments regarding actress Nadine Lustre’s state of mental health. Our journalists and other members of our team are accountable for their on-air statements.”
Lustre, in recent years, has openly advocated for mental health awareness. In various interviews, she revealed her own past struggles, and period of depression.
A group in the Philippines is dedicated to addressing those who have suicidal tendencies.
The crisis hotlines of the Natasha Goulbourn Foundation aim to make these individuals feel that someone is ready to listen to them.
These are their hotline numbers:
Information and Crisis Intervention Center
(02) 804-HOPE (4673)
0917-558-HOPE (4673) or (632) 211-4550
0917-852-HOPE (4673) or (632) 964-6876
0917-842-HOPE (4673) or (632) 964-4084
In Touch Crisis Lines:
0917-572-HOPE or (632) 211-1305
(02) 893-7606 (24/7)
(02) 893-7603 (Mon-Fri, 9 am-5 pm)
Globe (63917) 800.1123 or (632) 506.7314
Sun (63922) 893.8944 or (632) 346.8776