Toni Gonzaga draws mixed reactions from netizens after defending evicted PBB housemate who was in favor of ABS-CBN shutdown

Toni Gonzaga garnered mixed reactions from netizens after her stance on the eviction of Russu Laurente on Pinoy Big Brother.

PHOTO: @celestinegonzaga on Instagram

Toni Gonzaga garnered mixed reactions from netizens after her stance on the eviction of Russu Laurente on Pinoy Big Brother.

Toni Gonzaga took to Instagram last Sunday, January 3, to tell social media users to give forgiveness to Russu Laurente, the recent evictee of Pinoy Big Brother (PBB), who was known to be in favor of the ABS-CBN shutdown prior to joining PBB.

Accompanied by photos of her on the PBB set, Toni said in her post that Russu had already realized the damage he has done and asked netizens to stop bashing him.

“People are very quick to judge him, call him names and crucify him on social media because of it without realizing that at 19 years old, he doesn’t know the gravity of words spoken,” the Kapamilya host and actress wrote. "He has learned his lesson and this will help him grow and mature in life."

Now that he knows the gravity of his actions, Toni said Russu will now do better and said what happened will serve as a reminder for everyone to not define nor label a person by the mistakes they have done in the past.

"May this also serve as a reminder for us to not define and label a person by the mistakes they’ve committed but from how they rise up, rebuild and become a better person they are really supposed to be,” she said.

“I hugged the boy after the show and he kept apologizing. Forgiveness is a gift everyone deserves,” she added.

Toni's reflection garnered mixed reactions from netizens on Twitter. While some praised her for what she said, others did not take too kindly about it. 

Some added political color to her stand and even tagged her as a DDS or a Duterte Diehard Supporter. They even resurrected her and her husband, director Paul Soriano’s photos with President Rodrigo Duterte, who was instrumental in the media giant’s shutdown. 

Even harsher, some netizens also wanted her to be “evicted” from her PBB hosting stint and added they could not fanthom how she is still be working on ABS-CBN while remaining to be a DDS.

Russu is the second evictee of the current season of PBB, only receiving 4.39% of the votes.

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