Nadine Lustre Fires Back At Jobert Sucaldito For 'Using' Their Issue In Congress
On Monday, June 29, 2020, the hearing for ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal resumed in Congress. Among those who spoke during the hearing was former DZMM anchor Jobert Sucaldito who aired his side after being indefinitely suspended from his own radio program due to malicious comments made against Nadine Lustre and her breakup with James Reid earlier this year.
Sucaldito’s appearance in Congress
Sucaldito appeared in Congress via a conference call where he expressed his disappointment in ABS-CBN for his dismissal from the DZMM radio program even after 17 years of working with them. He pointed out ABS-CBN president and CEO Carlo Katigbak’s statement about employees losing jobs because of the franchise termination, and asks, “But what about us? Napaka-harsh ng inyong desisyon.”
He also recounted and brought up the issue that led to his dismissal. In January 2020, fans were outraged after Sucaldito made comments on air about Lustre and her post-breakup social media posts, saying, “'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.”
During the hearing, he explained that he made this statement because, “hindi ko nagustuhan ang tabas ng dila ni Nadine,” pertaining to how Lustre called out long-time columnist Ricky Lo for his article, which connected her mental health and her brother’s death to her breakup.
Nadine makes a statement
Nadine took to Instagram to call out Sucaldito again for bringing up the issue during ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal hearing. In her Instagram Story, Nadine writes, “I can’t believe you’re using this issue to fight our home network whose only objective is to protect us. Kahit ‘pag bali-baliktarin mo, mali yung sinabi mo. Inalis ka sa trabaho dahil MALI YUNG SINABI MO.”
In a second Story, she adds, “I’m sick and tired of these boomers treating mental issues like it’s a mf joke.”
Mental health in the Philippines
Two of the most common mental health conditions in the country are depression and anxiety. Around 3.3 million Filipinos have depressive disorders and 3.1 million have anxiety disorders.
In 2012, the suicide rate in the country was 2.9 per 100,000 Filipinos. In 2016, the rate rose to 3.7 per 100,000 Filipinos. Upjohn, a division of Pfizer, says that, currently, there are only around 700 registered psychiatrists and 1,000 psychiatric nurses out of the 101 million Filipinos in our population. For every 100,000 Filipinos, there are only two mental health workers available to attend to them.
In addition, only about five percent of the total health budget allocated by the government is being used for mental health initiatives. While laws like the Republic Act 11036, or the Mental Health Act, are one step towards better mental health recognition, there are still ways to go.
Mental illness has long been considered taboo especially in the Philippines. Many have acquired the generations-long habit of belittling mental health struggles by saying that "it's all in the head." Local terms like sira-ulo are being casually thrown around to refer to individuals with mental health conditions or are used to compare people to someone struggling with one as though it's an insult. Because of this, many Filipinos are still afraid to seek treatment for fear of being stigmatized or treated differently.
But as Nadine once said, "It is never okay to use someone's mental situation/tragic past just to prove a point. Mental illness is a very sensitive matter."
If you or anyone you know is struggling with depression, suicidal thoughts, and other mental health concerns, here are some important numbers and websites in the Philippines:
Crisis Line (for free, non-judgmental, and anonymous telephone counseling):
Landline: (02) 893-7603
Globe Duo: 0917-800-1123 / 0917-506-7314
Sun Double Unlimited: 0922-893-8944 / 0922-346-8776
National Center for Mental Health Crisis Hotline:
(02) 989-USAP (989-8727)
Center for Family Ministries (for spiritual counseling):
Landline: (02) 426-4289 to 92
Ateneo Bulatao Center:
Landine: (02) 426-5982
Online resources for mental health and suicide prevention:
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WHO ARE YOU: PRELUDE
Sinungaling na ba ako kung sasabihin ko sa inyo ang pangalan ko? Hindi ako sure kung anong sasabihin kong pangalan ko pero may nagsasabi sa aking wag nalang magpakilala sa inyo.
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There was this guy I dated for a while but things didn't turn out well. I was so into him that one night I can't stop thinking about him, I've decided to send his MOM a message on facebook confessing how much I like her son. I wish it ended there but no. I had to make it so emotional, lengthy and detailed like the drama queen I am. Luckily, it went to message request so I'm hoping she hasn't really read it yet. Up until this day it makes me cringe whenever I think about it but hey, whenever it pops in my mind I make myself laugh too so thank you self for being unbelievably shameless and brave when it comes to love. I may age faster because I have made a lot of cringe-worthy moments that I constantly make faces out of embarrassment just reflecting on my antics but I know I've made more hilarious memories than what ifs and somehow that makes the disappointments feel more like assurances that I have gave it my all and I have lived as honest (maybe a little to honest) as I could. #ItsOnlyNatural #CanBnatural
I've been investing in arts, photography, and writing. I've also got back to reading the other day and I finished reading this amazing book entitled 300 Things I Hope by Iain S. Thomas. It is all about the things the author hopes his readers to do in all aspects of life. So, I decided to make a version of it with all of the things I'm hoping for.
I hope I get to see my friends be successful in life. I hope to make a big mural someday. I hope to be a well-known artist like the artists I look up to. I hope to marry the person I am in love with today. I hope to be a little kinder to myself. I hope to see happiness even in the smallest things. I hope to travel the world. I hope to be a good mother and a wife to my future family. I hope to have my artworks displayed in a gallery or an exhibit. I hope to learn more about creative writing. I hope I won't learn how to get tired and give up my passion. I hope I won't get too hard on myself whenever I don't get the results I've been wanting to see in my works. I hope to love myself more even on the days I hate it the most. I hope to lead and empower women; to be their voice and for them to believe in themselves that they can be the woman they look up to. And when I've reached my limit of these things, I hope I won't get tired of reminding myself that my emotions don't make me weak, hence, makes me stronger. These are some of the things I always hope for. What about you? What are you hoping for?
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Out of atleast 25 shots, only 2 are a nice picture. While I'm all sweaty and tired, I am proud of what I could do beyond my comfort zone. And this definitely built my self confidence, (and I secret love the compliments I received from both people I know and don't know) It's not my first time visiting in here, Candy! But I'm new to writing my thoughts and experiences, so bare with me HAHA.
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