A bad joke! Tito Sotto wants Joey De Leon, Jose Manalo to apologize for ‘ignorant’ remarks on depression

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Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto III has called out his two co-hosts in noontime show Eat Bulaga to apologize for their controversial remarks about depression.

Sotto said Joey de Leon and Jose Manalo might not be aware of the seriousness of the issue of depression in the country.

“Perhaps they are not aware of how serious the situation is on the issue of mental health,” he said.

He said the two should apologize for cracking such tasteless gags.

“Malamang they will. I have not attended EB (Eat Bulaga) kasi we are super busy with the government budget and the tax reform law,” he said adding that he might see the two on Friday.

During a segment of Eat Bulaga on Thursday, De Leon and Manalo dismissed depression as an illness merely made up by the person suffering from it.

“‘Yung depression gawa-gawa lang ‘yan… Gawa nila sa sarili nila,” De Leon said.

Manalo answered: “Oo, dinedepress lang nila ang sarili niyo tapos nagkakasakit. Kaya nga ‘yung stress, diyan nag-uumpisa yun.”

But their co-host and actress Maine Mendoza rebutted saying that depression is a serious matter and people suffering from it need support.

De Leon went on saying, “Huwag n’yo suportahan. Gawa-gawa lang nila iyon…Nagpapasosyal lang.”

“‘Pag mayaman, depression. ‘Pag mahirap, wala, wala nang pag-asa sa buhay mo.”

Sen. Risa Hontiveros, who pushed for the Philippine Mental Health Act of 2016, described the remarks as “unfortunate and saddening.”

“Mr. Joey De Leon’s remarks, that depression is something that those who suffer from it ‘make up’ or ‘do to themselves,’ are most unfortunate and saddening,” Hontiveros said.

“It is doubly saddening that of all people, it is our artists who should be most sensitive, and more informed, about the suffering of others. That Mr. De Leon is one of our most multi-talented artists makes his remarks even more disheartening,” she added.