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Jobert Sucaldito Issues An Apology Following His 'Insensitive' Comments About Nadine Lustre

Meanwhile, ABS-CBN News said that it will investigate the matter.
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Trigger warning: This is the story behind Twitter trending topic #SuicideIsNotAJokeJobert.

DZMM radio host Jobert Sucaldito has issued a statement over the inappropriate and insensitive comments made about Nadine Lustre during the January 6 airing of his radio show, Showbuzz.

According to a report from ABS-CBN News, Jobert issued a statement on January 8 as he 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.”

Earlier on January 8, ABS-CBN News Chief Ging Reyes said that the media outlet will investigate Jobert’s “insensitive and inappropriate” comments about Nadine.

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Part of the statement reads: “We are investigating reports that DZMM host Jobert Sucaldito uttered inappropriate and insensitive comments regarding actress Nadine Lustre’s state of mental health. Our journalists and other members of our team are accountable for their on-air statements.”

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ABS-CBN News’ statements come in the heels of Jobert’s comments regarding Nadine’s recent Instagram posts that supposedly confirm the actress’ breakup with boyfriend James Reid.

Jobert said in what seems to be a recording of his radio show, “May mga labas ng puwet, naka t-back pa doon sa building. May mga nakalagay pang caption na parang gustong tumalon. Sana tumalon na lang kung ganoon din lang naman pala.”

Jobert’s on-air comments drew a lot of flak from the online community as #SuicideIsNotaJokeJobert became a trending topic on Twitter. Netizens defended Nadine, who has opened up in the past about her mental health struggles.

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What hotlines can I call for help for myself or a loved one?

Here are some of the hotlines you can call if you or someone you know needs help. Please share the numbers with your loved ones as well.

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Where can I go for psychological/mental health services or support groups?

Some places you can go for psychiatric or psychological services include:

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  • In Touch Community Services (Crisis Line)
    Offers counseling services for adults, children and families, plus training for their Crisis Line volunteers
    Address: 2/F Holy Trinity Church Offices, 48 McKinley Road, Makati City, Metro Manila
    Phone: (02) 893-1893 / (0917) 863-1136
    Email: intouch@in-touch.org
    Counseling Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Mondays to Fridays / 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays
  • UST Graduate School Psychotrauma Clinic
    Free psychological services, including assessment, evaluation, counseling, and psychotherapy
    Address: Room 104, G/F Thomas Aquinas Research Complex, University of Santo Tomas, España Boulevard, Sampaloc, Manila
    Email: ustgsptc@yahoo.com
  • Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Department, Philippine General Hospital
    Offers free psychological consultation
    Address: Ward 7, 2/F Philippine General Hospital, Taft Avenue, Ermita, Manila
    Phone: (02) 554-8400 local 2436 and 2440 / (02) 554-8469
  • Ateneo Center for Family Ministries Foundation (CEFAM)
    Offers free consultation, family and individual psycho-spiritual counseling
    Address: Spiritual-Pastoral Center, Ateneo de Manila University Campus, Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City
    Phone: (02) 426-4289 to 92
  • Amang Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center
    Offers basic consulting and teaches some psychotherapeutic techniques
    Address: Sumolong Highway, Sto. Niño, Marikina City
    Phone: (02) 941-6289
    Consulting hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mondays to Fridays (registration hours: 8:00 to 10:00 a.m., 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.)
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  • Center for Behavioral Sciences—Vicente Sotto Memorial Center
    Provides consultation and treatment for different psychiatric and mood problems, sleep problems, anxiety, and substance-abuse related problems
    Address: Vicente Sotto Memorial Center, B. Rodriguez Extension, Cebu City

    Clinic Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • PsychConsult, Inc.
    Offers psychotherapy services and psychological evaluation, plus workshops and training
    Address: Unit 227 Regalia Park Towers, 150 P Tuazon Blvd, Cubao, Quezon City 
    Phone: (02) 421-2469 / (02) 357 64-27 / (0917) 808-0193
    Email: psychconsult@gmail.com
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    Online platform for mental health consultation and treatment run by a team of licensed mental health professionals
  • Mood and Anxiety Resource and Referral Center (MARRC)—Makati Medical Center
    Evaluates clients with mood and anxiety concerns and recommends treatment options for them
    Address: 3rd Floor Tower 1, Makati Medical Center, No. 2 Amorsolo Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City
    Phone: (02) 888-8999 local 7320
    Service Hours (by appointment): 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mondays to Fridays
    *Mood Harmony by Makati Medical Center Support Group for Mood Disorders
    Landline: (02) 844-2941
  • UGAT Foundation (Ugnayan at Tulong Para sa Maralitang Pamilya, Inc.)
    Offers individual, marriage, and family counseling by appointment, formation training, and counseling training
    Address: 2/F ISO Annex, Social Development Complex, Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights, Quezon City
    Phone: (02) 426-6001 loc. 4872-73
    Email: ugat@admu.edu.ph
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A few Philippine-based mental health support groups include:

For a more complete list of mental health service providers, check out the list crowd-sourced by #MentalHealthPH. The directory is also available as an Android app.

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