When you say “scandal” in the Philippines, it’s synonymous to “sex tape.” Perhaps it’s because we’re all so immune to political scams and controversies that we don’t recognize it as scandalous anymore, or perhaps the local showbiz world is so tiny that we’re all within three degrees of separation from the next unwitting porn star.
Whatever the reason is, we Pinoys are as big (and as pseudo-reluctant) fans of social media and taking selfies as we are fans of scandals. And hey, 2013 was a pretty eventful year for scandals—the kind with naked people and the kind that involved bad behavior. So here, we’ll pretend we have to remind you, behold the year’s biggest scandals!
The Marjorie Barretto Scandal
As if there weren’t enough dramatic plot twists in the long-running teleserye that is the Barretto family feud, incriminating photos allegedly of Marjorie (who’s currently a Caloocan City councilor) made rounds in social media and on local news sites. Marjorie must have a doppelganger because she responded to the scandal with “No, that’s not me. I would never do something like that. That’s not in my nature.”
Gretchen has since admitted that it was indeed Marjorie in the photos.
The Chito Miranda-Neri Naig Scandal
Pinoys almost broke the Internet this year when the Chito Miranda-Neri Naig sex scandal went online. The extremely private video (or videos, as there was a part two) of the couple was in a hard drive that was reportedly stolen from Chito’s home in QC. Chito has since asked the NBI to track the thief and the person uploading the video. He also signed his online Christmas greeting “from Mr. and Mrs. Miranda."
The Wally Bayola Scandal
While Chito and Neri received overflowing support from fans, Wally lost a lot of fans when his sex scandal came out early September. The clip featured the Eat Bulaga! host, erm, cheating on his wife. Wally has since been on a leave of absence from the noontime show and his wife is reported to have decided to stick it out with him.