Joey de Leon, long-time host of GMA’s noontime show, Eat Bulaga is now on the hot seat after his statement regarding depression on Thursday, October 5.
During the show’s segment, “Juan for All, All for Juan”, host Jose Manalo asked the sugod bahay winner, Maria Cristina about the condition of her mother. She said that her mother suffers from depression.
Their conversation went this way:
Jose: Anong sakit ni nanay? (What is the condtion of your mom?)
Maria Cristina (sugod bahay winner): Depression po.
Jose: Bakit? Iyang bang depression nakukuha ba iyan dahil depressed ka, ganun ba iyon? (Why? Do you get the condition because you’re just depressed?)
Maria Cristina: Ang sabi lang po nung doktor, depression tapos yung katandaan cause makakalimutin na po. (The doctor simply said she has depression and because of her age, she tends to forget already.)
Joey then went on to say: “Yung depression, gawa-gawa lang ng mga tao iyan. Gawa nila sa sarili nila.” (Depression is just something made up by people. They do it to themselves.)
Maine Mendoza on the other hand came to the defense, saying that depression is not a laughing matter.
“Hindi biro yang depression. Hindi siya joke. Hindi kasi maraming nakakaranas ng ganun lalo na sa mga kabataan. Kaya pag may nakakaranas ng ganun, kailangan natin bigyan natin ng suporta,” she said.
(Depression is not a laughing matter. It’s not a joke. Because many people go through it, especially today’s youth. That if you’re going through it, give them the support.)
But Joey went on to say again: “Hindi, huwag n’yo suportahan. Gawa-gawa lang nila iyon.” (No, don’t support it. They just make it up.)
As we all know, depression has recently been a pressing issue because of the increase of suicide incidents, which victims are supposedly suffering from depression. Just like what happened to Linkin Park frontman, Chester Bennington.
This is why Netizens were not happy with what Joey de Leon said, here are a few tweets regarding the issue: