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Joey de Leon on depression: “Gawa-gawa lang ng mga tao iyan”

Veteran television host and comedian Joey de Leon is on the receiving end of criticisms from netizens because of his dismissive remarks about people suffering from depression during a segment of their noontime show “Eat Bulaga.”

De Leon made his remarks during the popular segment
Juan for All , All For Juan where host Jose Manalo asked their chosen home-owner named Maria Cristina about the condition of her mother. The lady said her mom, who’s probably in her 70s or 80s, is suffering from depression.

This is how the segment went:

Jose: Anong sakit ni nanay? (What is your mother’s illness?)
Maria Crstina: 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, naging makakalimutin na po. (The doctor only said that she is experiencing depression and that because of her advanced age, she already tends to be forgetful.)

De Leon then went on to interject from the studio: “Yung depression, gawa-gawa lang ng mga tao iyan. Gawa nila sa sarili nila.” (Depression is just something imagined by people. They do it to themselves.)

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Joey De Leon is in hot water after his dismissive remarks about people suffering from depression

 

For her part, co-host Maine Mendoza gently reminded De Leon that depression is not a laughing matter because it is affecting a lot of people particularly the youth. “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.

However, instead of backing down or just putting the matter to rest, De Leon reiterated his earlier point: “Hindi, huwag n’yo suportahan. Gawa-gawa lang nila iyon.” (No, don’t support it. They just make it up.) The backlash against De Leon from Pinoy netizens was swift:

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