Despite revealing that Vice Ganda’s recent Best Actor win at the Star Awards for Movies was made possible allegedly by someone from the Philippine Movie Press Club’s lobbying for the award, radio personality Jobert Sucaldito underscored that it is not the It’s Showtime host’s fault.
“Walang kasalanan si Vice, nangarap lang din siya. Hindi naman niya kasalanan ‘yan eh na binigay sa kanya. Ang organisasyon ang may problema kasi nga ‘yung iba diyan nagbebenta ng boto,” the showbiz columnist said in an interview on the sidelines of BUM Equipment’s introduction of their newest brand ambassadors Nash Aguas, Jane Oineza, Diego Loyzaga and Ella Cruz last March 12.
While he has yet to speak with the Gandang Gabi Vice host, the showbiz columnist said that he doesn’t have any beef against the host-comedian. “Mahal ko ‘yan! Bago nga ‘yan umalis sabi ko ‘halika mag-kape tayo.’ Mahal ko ‘yan kaibigan ‘yan. Kumbaga we may not be the best of friends, but you know I saw that he started to humble himself eh,” Jobert said.
While he is rallying to Vice’s defense, one question remained unanswered: does he think Vice is aware of the supposed lobbying made on his behalf? “It would be unfair for Vice if I say that he has something to do with this personally. I don’t like to presume. Pero kumbaga it’s his issue now na i-confront niya ‘yun with the people who claimed na emissary niya,” Jobert said.
Jobert also cleared ER Ejercito of having any knowledge about his lobbying for the actor and his Boy Golden: Shoot to Kill leading lady KC Concepcion when he challenged the PMPC to sue him when he first spoke at length about the controversy.
Vice just recently returned to the country after fulfilling several commitments abroad. Citing that he’s aware of the controversy that’s been surrounding his Best Actor win, Vice.
What can Jobert say about Vice’s reaction? “I will respect that. Yes, he has all the right because that’s his trophy anyway. In-announce na ‘yun na siya ang winner eh,” Jobert stated.
However, the veteran columnist warned that Vice handle this controversy carefully, especially since there are those questioning his victory. “At isa na ako roon hindi dahil siya, sa personality ni Vice Ganda, but because of how it was done by the PMPC. Kasi kung halimbawa magbukas ng balota at lumabas talaga na siya ang nanalo sa numbers, alam mo hindi ako magko-complain. Ang problema ko na lang naloko ako ng ibang kausap ko na nag-commit sa akin. So problema ko na ‘yun with them. But it’s not with Vice,” he confessed.
Although doubt has been cast on the industry following his revelation, Jobert said he is confident that this incident would eventually be a lesson and an important turning point for showbiz. “So ngayon sa susunod ‘yan maiilang na sila. Sa mga susunod na awards they’ll come up with rightful winners. Makakatulong ito sa ating lahat. Kasi may ENPRESS, may FAMAS, may Urian may FAP even ‘yung mga campus [award-giving bodies] siyempre nakita nila ito hindi na sila papayag na mangyari rin ito sa kanila kasi nakita nila na may precedent na ‘Ay di maganda’ so siyempre pati sila napagdududahan tuloy. I’m sure it will help,” he confidently underscored.
According to Jobert, he’s fighting the corrupted system and not with the people behind PMPC. “Kasi unang-una I have many friends inside. Kumbaga it’s the system that we’re fighting. My relationships with them, para sa akin, hindi nagbabago. Nakasalubong ko sila, we still make beso,” he ended.
Jobert Sucaldito denies having any issue against Vice Ganda
Jobert Sucaldito respects the fact that Vice Ganda has embraced his Best Actor win amid the controversy.