John "Sweet" Lapus received a dose of his own medicine last night, May 31, when he submitted himself to the lie-detector test, as part of his special anniversary concert Sweetilicious held at the Music Museum in Greenhills, San Juan.
Inspired by his own segment "Don't Lie to Me," which is seen every Sunday on Showbiz Central, the talented comedian-host gamely yet nervously allowed himself to be grilled by his good friend Janno Gibbs.
"Pagkakataon na naming mga artista makaganti sa ‘yo, bakla ka!" Janno good-naturedly threatened the chair-strapped Sweet, who let out a big laugh to ease his anxiety.
Janno did a great job of mimicking Sweet's signature spiels particularly the lines: "Yes or no lang ang hihingin kong sagot sa ‘yo. Pero bago ka sumagot ng yes or no, hintayin mo muna ang aking standard phrase na ‘don't lie to me' bago ka sumagot ha? Siyempre susuriin ni Inspector, pagkatapos huwag kang mag-alala dahil puwede kang umapela sa barangay."
NO BITTERNESS. For his first question, Janno immediately dropped the bomb.
"Sumama ba ang loob mo sa dati mong istasyon dahil natengga ka noon ng almost a year?" asked Janno. He was pertaining to John's career in limbo a couple of years back with ABS-CBN. After a period of zero projects with ABS-CBN, John jumped ship and joined the defunct S-Files as one of its hosts. The move consequently pitted John head on with ABS-CBN's showbiz talk show The Buzz, of which he used to be part.
"No," John resoundingly answered to the cheers and jeers of the audience, "may apela ako, no talaga, promise."
Everyone inside the venue held their breath while the inspector figured out the result of the data transmitted to the lie-detector machine. The entire Music Museum erupted when the "lie" sign was flashed by the inspector, sending Janno to deliver a lively dance number.
John quickly pleaded his case, saying, "Naging positive din kasi... Kung hindi naman ako natengga sa ABS, hindi naman ako kukunin ng GMA to begin with, di ba? So everything has a reason, ‘yon lang yun."
"Pero ngayon, okay naman na? Lumipas na ‘yong sama ng loob?" probed Janno.
"Ay, oo naman!" yelped John. "Sa bonggang-bonggang tinatamasa kong tagumpay ngayon. Wala na talaga, nakikita ko sila."
Janno's second question this time dwelled on the rumor saying that John's ex-boyfriend was allegedly snatched by talent manager-host Boy Abunda. Legend has it that John tailed his lover at the time, only to find him visiting the residence of Boy.
John confirmed the entire story, but politely refused to talk about the issue further, saying, "Yes. Nagpunta lang naman sa bahay."
FEUD WITH JOBERT AND CRISTY. It is no secret that John and reporter-host Jobert Sucaldito are presently tangled in a rift, which was allegedly instigated by the latter.
Janno seized the moment to clarify the long-standing rumor: "Totoo bang pinatatanggal mo si Jobert Sucaldito sa The Buzz?"
To which John calmly and endearingly replied: "Yes."
The result of the lie-detector test agreed with John's answer. Immediately after the inspector flashed the "truth" sign, John generously shared the details.
According to John, he had a conversation with someone from The Buzz, and they touched on the fact that Showbiz Central is doing very well in the Mega Manila rating contest as compared to ABS-CBN's showbiz talk show.
John's half-serious, half-joking suggestion to the staff was: "Tanggalin ninyo na kasi si Jobert para gumanda-ganda naman ‘yong show ninyo."
Not one to let the revealing moment slip, Janno pitched in, "Pero kamusta na kayo ni Jobert?"
"The other day lang," shared John, talking about his last encounter with Jobert. "Dedma lang. The other day lang sa premiere night ng Caregiver. Wala lang. Mas magaling akong mang-dedma kesa mang-plastic."
John also stressed that although he's not in good terms with veteran reporter Cristy Fermin, it doesn't mean that he hates Cristy more than Jobert. It was more "utang na loob" according to John—who worked with Cristy both as a staff and later on as a co-host during his start-up years in the industry.
"Kasi kaming dalawa ni Jobert ‘pag nag-o-okrayan, dalawang bakla, e, di nakakatuwa. E, si Tita Cristy pinalamon ako noong araw. That's the exact word, pinalamon ako niyan. Oo, noong bagong researcher pa lang ako, pinapadalhan niya kami ng pagkain."
John couldn't understand though why Jobert has been lashing out at him. "Di ko alam kung ba't nakiki-okray," wondered John.
All in all, John raked in an impressive score of 6 (truth) and 3 (lie).
As a prize for being a good sport and for tallying in a good grade, Janno presented John with a mouth-watering gift: Dingdong Dantes.