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JoshLia's Reconciliation Ignites Online Debate On Infidelity

'Kung mahal mo, mag-sorry ka.'
PHOTO: Facebook/Joshua Garcia

It looks like the recent controversy involving young actors Joshua Garcia and Julia Barretto isn't dying down soon, even with Joshua's tearful live television tell-all-slash-apology about his viral Instagram DM. 

In a Facebook page dedicated to the 20-year-old The Good Son actor, what was meant to be an innocent JoshLia photo uploaded over the weekend sparked an online debate on fidelity. The caption of the photo read, "Kung mahal mo mag-sorry ka."

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Currently collecting over 27,000 likes, 23,000 shares, and 2,300 comments, the photo—specifically its captiongarnered mixed reactions from netizens. On Twitter, user @goodguyemman reacted to photo and wrote, "Kung mahal mo, hindi ka gagawa ng isang bagay na magiging dahilan ng paghingi mo ng tawad."

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Another user @ziamxxn wrote in defense of the "wrongdoer," "Ang lagay eh, 'pag nagmahal, bawal na magkamali? Not in terms of cheating or lying ['cause] that's totally a [different] thing. Part ng pagmamahalan ang magkasakitan in [different]aspects. But to prove [you] really love the person, [you] have to do everything to work things out. You'll stay."

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Another netizen, @LemronNyeyms, also shared the sentiment, "Di mo pa rin pwedeng ma-conclude na intentionally niyang ginawa yung kamalian na yun, kasi in the first place, pwedeng nagawa niya yun without thinking na mali pala yun. Kumbaga kung sa korte yan, wala pa ring conclusive evidence. Basta ang importante, na-resolve nila."

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On Facebook, users were less forgiving about those who have cheated on their partners:

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In Joshua's interview with Boy Abunda, he shared that he and Julia were able to work things out and reconcile. He then remained optimistic having learned valuable lessons amidst the trying times in their relationship, "Masaya ako na nangyari yun, kasi may mga natutunan ako, na ingatan ko yung ginagalawan kong mundo. Siguro may gusto sa 'kin iparating si Lord, may gusto siya na matutunan ko, and narinig ko siya."

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