Jobert Sucaldito slammed for joking about suicide

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Jobert Sucaldito slammed for joking about suicide
These 'jokes' are never okay


MANILA, Philippines – Celebrities and mental health advocates on Wednesday, January 8, criticized radio host and entertainment writer Jobert Sucaldito for “joking” about suicide in criticizing actress Nadine Lustre over her reaction to a Ricky Lo column.

During the January 7 episode of his entertainment show Showbuzz on DZMM, Sucaldito said the actress and Your Moment judge’s reaction to Philippine Star entertainment editor Ricky Lo’s column was disrespectful. (READ: ‘Anu na, 2020 na’: Nadine Lustre slams Ricky Lo over column)

“You are wrong here. Unang-una, gusto namin ipaalala sa inyo lahat na mga fans ng JaDine, hindi kami ang may pakulo ng lahat ng ito. Wala kaming alam sa mga buhay ng mga idol ‘nyo. Sila ang gawa-gawa ng kuwento na ang mali namin pinatulan namin kaya medyo lumaki at pinag-uusapan,” he said, referring to Nadine and her fans. 

(You are wrong here. First of all, we want to remind you JaDine fans that this is not our idea. We don’t know what’s happening in your idols’ lives. They are the ones making stories and our mistake is that we wrote about it and it became big and people talked about it.)

“‘Di ba iyon naman ang gusto nila? Kuno-kuno na may mga labas ng puwet, naka T-back pa doon sa building, tapos may mga nakalagay na caption na parang gustong tumalon sa building. Sana tumalon na lang kung ganun din naman pala (Isn’t that what they want? They show off their butts, wear T-backs, and put a caption about wanting to jump from a building. She should have jumped if that’s the case).” 

#SuicideIsNotAJokeJobert trended on Twitter, as fans and mental health advocates called out the entertainment writer for his irresponsible statements.

Nadine had earlier clapped back at Ricky Lo after he insisted, in a column for the Star, that a Pep report claiming that Nadine and onscreen and real-life partner James Reid had broken up. Lo had also dragged Nadine’s mental health problems into the discussion, for some reason. Nadine denied all of the claims in Lo’s column and criticized him for “using someone’s mental situation/tragic past just to prove a point.” 

The Pep report claimed the two spent Christmas and New Year’s apart – but sleuthing fans easily dug up photos to prove that the two had actually spent the holidays with each other and their respective families. 

Still, Sucaldito insisted that Lo did not deserve Nadine’s sarcasm because he has “lived almost all his life in this business, and he has gained that reputation, that respect, dignity as a journalist.” Sucaldito said Nadine should apologize to Ricky for the remark. He then posted a long message for Nadine on his Facebook account, where he said that while he adored Nadine, she had a lot to learn.

Advocates, stars react

While Sucaldito was busy trying to scold Nadine, several personalities in the entertainment industry criticized him for his flippant remarks about suicide. 

Liway director Kip Oebanda reminded both Jobert and the public that laws exist to protect people from discrimination based on their mental health issues. 




Bianca Gonzalez-Intal also tweeted about the incident.


Kiana Valenciano expressed shock over the radio host’s “ignorance.”

“WAKE UP AND GROW UP. Suicide is not a joking matter or something to bring up passively for clout. I am stunned. How can someone be so ignorant and insensitive about this issue in this day and age?”


Mental health advocate Gia Sison reminded the public to use their platforms wisely when it comes to the issue of mental health.



Fans told Jobert to leave Nadine alone and pointed out that they didn’t start the issue.  





ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs head Ging Reyes issued a statement, saying they will look into the matter.



The Department of Health has a national crisis hotline to assist people with mental health concerns. The hotline can be reached at 0917-899-USAP (8727) and 0917-989-8727. The Natasha Goulbourn Foundation can also be reached at 804-4673 and ‎0917-558-4673.

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