Banjo Batalan, one of the second batch of the adult housemates on reality show ‘Pinoy Big Brother: Otso’, was forced to leave the house after making a rape joke to co-housemate Gino Roque IV.
Banjo Dangalan, one of the second batch of the adult housemates on reality show 'Pinoy Big Brother: Otso', was forced to leave the house after making a rape joke to co-housemate Gino Roque IV.
In a clip shown on Tuesday evening, the incident took place over breakfast when Banjo made sexual remarks about Gino in a conversation with their fellow housemates.
"Siguro masarap itong katabi sa pagtulog," he said. He then told another housemate that they switch beds so he could take advantage of Gino. "Pag-gising nito, wala na 'tong saplot."
Meanwhile, the girls, seemingly uncomfortable in their seats, refused to join the banter among the male housemates. Talking to Big Brother later on, Jamie, 27, of Quezon City, said, "Yung mga ganyang biro, alarming 'yun eh. Kahit na sabihin mong sa lalaki binibiro, pero may mga babae."
"Uncomfortable kami, lalo na nung nagbe-breakfast kami. Palagi siyang nagjo-joke ng ganun, mga dirty jokes," said Diana, 21, of Taguig City. "Wala raw saplot, tapos hingal na hingal daw paggising. For me, parang hindi na 'yun appropriate. Sobrang insensitive niya sa mga sinasabi niya."
Banjo was later called in the confession room to have a talk with Big Brother.
"Ang pananamantala sa kapwa, sa kahit anong konteksto ay hindi dapat ginagawang biro," said Big Brother, adding that he could never tolerate such actions inside his house.
"Malinaw din na nakasaad sa aking rule book na hindi kayo maaaring gumamit ng mga salitang nakakabastos sa inyong kapwa housemates.
"Banjo, dahil sa sunod sunod mong paglabag sa patakarang ito, humantong ako sa isang desisyon. Ikaw ay pinapatawan ko ng forced eviction," he told.
Heartbroken by Big Brother's decision, Banjo broke down in tears. He also apologized to Gino and the rest of the housemates in an emotional farewell shortly after.
Dubbed as the "Funny Fighter ng Quezon City," Banjo is a 27-year-old resident of Quezon City who found a second chance at life through martial arts training after recovering from addiction, which he developed after running away from home due to the separation of his parents. He said that his reason for joining 'Pinoy Big Brother: Otso' was to touch other people with his inspiring story.