ABS-CBN writer admonishes Toni Gonzaga for defending Russu Laurente

Published January 5, 2021, 3:28 PM

by Stephanie Bernardino

Defending an evicted “PBB” housemate who supported the closure of ABS-CBN, Toni Gonzaga received a mouthful from writer Jerry Gracio.

Jerry Gracio

A senior screenwriter of the defunct network, Jerry wrote on Twitter:

“Toni, libo ang Kapamilya natin na nawalan ng hanapbuhay. Ano ang karapatan mong mag-sorry sa ngalan ng isang housemate na pumabor sa pagsasara ng ABS-CBN?

“Wag mong insultuhin ang mga Kapamilya na lumaban pero nawalan pa rin ng trabaho, di tulad mo na may trabaho pa rin ngayon.”

The post has since garnered 2,000 retweets and 20,000 likes.

This is what Toni said about Russu Laurente:

“For our 2nd eviction night housemate Russu was evicted because of a mistake he did that eventually made him realize the damage it has done.

“People are very quick to judge him, call him names and crucify him on social media because of it without realizing that at 19 years old, he doesn’t know the gravity of words spoken.

“He has learned his lesson and this will help him grow and mature in life.

“And now that he knows better, He will do better. May this also serve as a reminder for us to not define and label a person by the mistakes they’ve committed but from how they rise up, rebuild and become a better person they are really supposed to be.

“I hugged the boy after the show and he kept apologizing. Forgiveness is a gift everyone deserves.”