If you were Nadine Lustre, would you forgive Jobert Sucaldito and Ricky Lo? Is a sincere apology always necessary or should forgiveness be given with or without it?
Sucaldito has issued an apology to Lustre while Lo has yet to do the same. For you to decide whether or not the actress should forgive the two so-called journalists, let us review their mistakes.
It all started when an online article claimed that Lustre left the house of her boyfriend James Reid after living together for two years. The article claimed that the two broke up and the actress moved to a condominium in Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines.
In a printed article, Lo claimed that the online article was not fake news. He added that Reid was “handling the breakup with care to cushion the impact” on Lustre who has “admitted grappling with mental illness.”
Lo also mentioned Lustre’s late brother Isaiah Lustre. On October 8, 2017, Isaiah was found lifeless in their house in Quezon City, Metro Manila in an apparent suicide.
These details were not included in the online version of Lo’s article. Still, Nadine, a mental health advocate, did not appreciate what he did.
“First off, that was so low,” Nadine wrote in an Instagram story directed to Lo. “Second, none of what you said was true and it is never okay to use someone’s mental situation/tragic past just to prove a point. Mental illness is a very sensitive matter.”
“And last, you think you know so much about me, you can’t even get my last name right,” Nadine continued. “Ano na? 2020 na! (What’s up? It is already 2020!)
Sucaldito did not like how Nadine reacted to Lo’s claims. On his DZMM program, Sucaldito criticized the actress and joked about her mental health.
“‘Di ba iyon naman ang gusto nila? (Isn’t that what they want?)” Sucaldito asked. “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 (They show off their butts, wear T-back and put a caption about wanting to jump from a building. She should have jumped if that is the case).”
Such remarks earned the ire of Nadine’s supporters and many netizens. ABS-CBN executive Ging Reyes even took to Twitter to condemn Sucaldito’s remarks.
DZMM is the flagship station of the Radyo Patrol Network owned by ABS-CBN, the current television network of Nadine and Reid. The radio station’s studio is located in Quezon City.
“I would like to apologize to Ms. Nadine Lustre and to those who got bothered by that sa aspetong ito (in this aspect),” Sucaldito said in a statement. “I am also apologizing to my radio network DZMM for putting them in discomfort because of this.”
So, should Nadine forgive Sucaldito and Lo? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.
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