Wally Bayola on life after the sex video scandal

'Gusto kong parusahan yung sarili ko, ayoko nang sumaya,' said comedian Wally Bayola, who says that it's also time for him to get back on track

WALLY BAYOLA. The comedian returns to the small screen. Screengrab from Eat Bulaga/Wally Bayola Facebook

MANILA, Philippines  Around 6 months after a sex video scandal forced him to take a break from showbiz, comedian Wally Bayola opened up about his struggle to get back on track in an interview on news magazine show Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho on Sunday, March 2.

Gusto kong parusahan yung sarili ko, ayoko nang sumaya,” said Bayola, explaining that he once locked himself in his room due to shame for his family. (I wanted to punish myself, I didn’t want to be happy.)

Dumating yung, akala ko sa sine ko lang nakikita o sa telebisyon ko lang nakikita, yung tulala, na tumutulo lang yung luha, dinanas ko na totoo pala talaga na nangyayari yun.” (It reached the point when, I thought it only happened in the movies or television, when you would just stare blankly, cry. I experienced that, I never thought it really happened in real life.)

Bayola said he reached the point when he no longer wanted to become a comedian or even step out of his house. He narrated how he would wear a mask when going out in public.

Slipping into a dark place, Bayola said he turned to pills, using sleep to escape from his troubles. But eventually, his colleague, comedian Jose Manalo, helped him find clarity, he said.

Sa tulong din ni Jose, kasi siya lang po yung unang natawagan ko, niliwanagan niya ako na, ‘Ano ka ba? Pagkakamali, dadagdagan mo pa ng isa pang pagkakamali? Ayusin mo yung buhay mo.’” (With Jose’s help, because he was the first one I called, he enlightened me, saying, ‘ What are you doing? You’re adding to your mistakes. Fix your life.’)

Hard times

In September 2013, a video of the noontime show Eat Bulaga comedian having intercourse with a woman surfaced online. The woman was identified as one of the show’s dancers.

In early February, Bayola made a tearful return to the show after a 5-month hiatus.

After the controversy exploded, Bayola said he was greatly concerned for his 5 children, especially his second child, who is currently suffering from leukemia. With a big chunk of his earnings dedicated to his child’s ongoing chemotherapy, he said their resources, were quickly depleted.

As an effect, he shared how his eldest child temporarily stopped going to school to get a job.

Sabi ko sa anak ko, pasensya ka na, tanga-tanga kasi ng Papa mo eh. Kung hindi ako gumawa ng gaanon siguro kahit nagpapagamot yung kapatid nila, masusuportahan ko… Naaawa lang ako sa mga anak ko dahil sa ginawa ko.” (I told my child, sorry, your father is really stupid. If I didn’t do something like that, I could have supported them, even with the chemotherapy… I pity my children because of what I did.)


In the interview, Bayola recalled how surprised he was of his family’s continuing support.

Siguro naawa sakin yung mga anak ko. Lagi nila akong kinakausap. Nagtaka rin ako kasi hindi sila nagalit.” (Maybe my children pitied me. They always talked to me. I wondered why they were not angry.)

He went on to explain how he confessed to his wife, and family, apologizing profusely and taking responsibility for his mistake.

Wala po akong ginawang paliwanag kundi akuhin ko po yung kasalanan ko, kundi humingi ng tawad sa anak ko, sa pamilya ko.” (I did no explanation except to take responsibility for my mistake, to ask forgiveness from my children and my family.)

Just as his family showed him forgiveness, so did Bayola to the person who leaked the video. He revealed that the National Bureau of Investigation had pinpointed the culprit, but he decided not to push through with any charges.

Ako na lang po ang hindi nagpatuloy, sinabi ko na lang po na, kung ako nga po pinatawad ng pamilya ko – hindi ko po alam kung ano ang purpose or reason na nangyari ‘to sakin – pinapatawad ko na lang siya.”

(I decided not to push through. I said, if my family was able to forgive me – I don’t know the purpose or reason why this is happening to me – I just forgave him.)  Rappler.com

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