Joey de Leon's kids speak up about netizens' reactions to their dad's comment on depression

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Joey de Leon (left) courted controversy with his dismissal of the seriousness of depression. His kids (right photo, L-R), Jako, Jocas, and Jio took to social media and, very civilly, appealed to netizens to be more understanding and to choose kindness over hatred and bashing when people make mistakes. 


Joey de Leon’s three children spoke up in defense of their father who has angered netizens for his remark about depression that some see as "insensitive."

Jocas, Jako, and Jio, the 70-year-old TV host-comedian’s kids with wife Eileen Macapagal-de Leon, defended their dad via social media, Friday, October 6.

On Twitter, the three talked about the need for kindness and understanding—instead of online attacks—for people who make mistakes.

The issue started in an episode of the GMA-7 noontime show Eat Bulaga!, Thursday, October 5. 

Depression became a topic of discussion among the show’s hosts after the "Sugod Bahay" winner revealed that her mother was diagnosed as suffering from depression.

Joey, who was in the studio, dismissed the seriousness of the condition: “Gawa-gawa lang ng mga tao.”

Co-host Maine Mendoza then made a comment about depression being “no joke,” and that it should not be taken lightly.

Before long, Joey's remark was trending on Twitter, with netizens giving the comedian a piece of their mind.


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IN JOEY’S DEFENSE. Joey’s youngest child, Jio, tweeted about the need to deal with a difficult situation in a civil manner.

“Take difficult moments to open a discussion and to educate and to talk, instead of throwing hate and bashing and cursing,” he wrote on Twitter.  

The veteran host’s middle child, Jako, tweeted about one’s willingness to rectify mistakes, which is more important than the mistake committed.

Joey’s eldest, Jocas, tweeted that being kind and being more understanding is better than engaging in uncouth behavior, such as online bashing.

In a long Instagram post, Jocas revealed that her family had discussed the matter among themselves with “kindness, gentle tolerance and sincerity.”

She also mentioned that people have different points of view, even within one family.

“The important thing, however, is to respect one another and to try to cultivate a positive understanding of one another which would hopefully lead to a productive discussion of the issues at hand,” she wrote.

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We accomplish more together by learning from and kindly educating one another rather than insulting and aggressively offending one another. I purposely did not click on any trending topics or engage in any online conversation yesterday as I figured some, a few or a lot would quickly throw insults and crass, rude comments without first understanding the nuances of an individual's mindset, background, or of a situation. We all experience life differently and life forms us all differently, resulting in differing viewpoints and belief systems. The important thing, however, is to respect one another and to try to cultivate a positive understanding of one another which would hopefully lead to a productive discussion of the issues at hand. So last night this is what we did -- we discussed yesterday's events as a family... in an atmosphere of love, respect, understanding, acceptance. We all know that even within a single family unit, different opinions abound. But in the face of these differences, we hear each other more loudly and see each other more clearly if each one of us comes from a place of kindness, gentle tolerance and sincerity. I wish everyone well (actually dunno about those with nothing but hateful talk ????). I especially wish well those who have openly expressed their own personal struggles with depression. I hear you. I see you. I understand you. And to my dad @angpoetnyo -- I hear you... I understand you because I KNOW YOU but above all, I LOVE YOU... sooooo freaking much!! I will always, always, always be here for you. ??

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After their very civilized and educated appeal, the siblings expressed their love for their father, saying they're proud of him for owning up to his mistake.

Joey de Leon—a TV icon, a showbiz veteran, a self-made success, and a proud man—apologized for yesterday’s statement in today’s episode of Eat Bulaga.

The Eat Bulaga! host has two other children, Cheenee and Keempee de Leon, from veteran actress Daria Ramirez.


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