'Suicide is not a joke': Jobert Sucaldito in hot water over on-air comments on Nadine Lustre

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 08 2020 01:34 PM

MANILA – Jobert Sucaldito was criticized on Wednesday after he reacted in an elaborate manner to Nadine Lustre’s statement slamming Philippine Star editor and columnist Ricky Lo.

During their DZMM program “Showbuzz” on Monday, Sucaldito and Ahwell Paz extensively talked about Lustre’s Instagram post where she belied rumors of her separation with James Reid. 

Sucaldito noted that he did not like the tone Lustre used in correcting Lo over his report. He also called out Lustre and Reid’s fans.

“Alam mo may gusto akong buweltahan din, 'yung mga fans niya. 'Yung mga JaDine fans na nagagalit sa media. Sinisisi ang media for proliferating daw a fake news about the hiwalayan issue. Ibabalik namin sa inyo ang tanong. Sino ba ang nagpauna nito? Malay naman namin na may problema ang dalawang ito kung hindi sa mga post nila,” he said.

Towards the latter part of the show, Sucaldito continued to address the couple’s supporters, and even made an inappropriate statement about committing suicide.
 
“Unang una, gusto namin ipaalala sa inyong lahat mga fans ng JaDine, hindi kami ang may pakulo nitong lahat ng ito. Wala kaming alam sa buhay ng mga idols niyo. Sila ang naggawa-gawa ng mga kuwento na mali namin ay pinatulan namin kaya medyo lumaki at napag-uusapan,” he said.

“‘Di ba 'yun naman ang gusto nila? Kuno kuno may mga labas ang pwet, naka t-back pa doon sa building tapos may nakalagay na mga caption na parang gustong tumalon. Sana tumalon na lang, kung ganun lang din naman pala,” he added.

“Tapos si Nadine nagpo-post pa ng mga picture ni James Reid, tapos may mga ‘all the love was lost.’ Kami pa ngayon ang nasisi. Si Ricky Lo tuloy kinawawa pa ng isang Nadine Lustre lamang,” the radio host said.

Sucaldito’s comments did not sit well among netizens that his name and the hashtag #SuicideIsNotAJokeJobert became a hot topic on Twitter Wednesday. 

Meanwhile, ABS-CBN News head Ging Reyes issued an official statement via Twitter regarding the matter.

“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,” the statement read.

Editor's note:

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