Entertainment columnist and radio host Jobert Sucaldito took to DZMM to apologize to Nadine Lustre on Wednesday, January 8, after receiving widespread criticisms over his comment in relation to her mental health.
In a statement broadcasted by DZMM, Sucaldito said: “I would like to apologize to Ms. Nadine Lustre and to those who got bothered by that sa aspetong ito. I am also apologizing to my radio network DZMM for putting them in discomfort because of this.”
Sucaldito made a suicide-related remark on his late-night program Showbuzz after chiding Lustre for slamming columnist Ricky Lo and his column saying she had broken up with boyfriend James Reid.
As Sucaldito’s comments spread in social media, #SuicideIsNotAJokeJobert became a top trend on Twitter, with netizens coming to the aid of Lustre and other people who have undergone mental health struggles.
With that, ABS-CBN News Chief Ging Reyes has issued a statement regarding Sucaldito’s on-air tirade regarding Lustre.
Nadine has been an advocate of mental health awareness in recent years. In the past, she has opened up about her struggles with depression.