During Eat Bulaga’s “Juan for All, All For Juan” segment, the host and comedian stated that depression is merely “gawa-gawa lang.”
Watch (on the 33-minute mark):
Here’s the transcription of the conversation between the hosts and Sugod Bahay winner, Maria Cristina:
Jose: Ano'ng sakit ni nanay?
Maria Cristina: Depression po.
Jose: Bakit? Iyang bang depression nakukuha ba iyan dahil depressed ka, ganun ba iyon?
Maria Cristina: Ang sabi lang po nung doktor, depression tapos yung katandaan cause makakalimutin na po.
Joey: Yung depression, gawa-gawa lang ng mga tao iyan. Gawa nila sa sarili nila.
Maine: Hindi biro yang depression.
Joey: Aba, aba bakit?
Maine: Hindi siya joke. Hindi kasi maraming nakakaranas ng ganun lalo na sa mga kabataan. Kaya pag may nakakaranas ng ganun, kailangan natin bigyan natin ng suporta.
Joey: Hindi, huwag ninyong suportahan. Gawa gawa lang niya yun. Pabayaan niyo.
Anxiety and Depression Support Philippines, a Facebook-based, volunteer-run mental health support group, was among the first to react, with commenters emphasizing that depression is serious matter and not a joke.
"We all have opinions, and that's okay," its statement said, "but when you are a public figure, you are an automatic public influencer, you can either do good or harm so please be careful most especially when talking about a serious matter."
A number of netizens were angered by how the veteran Eat Bulaga host downplayed the seriousness of the condition.
On the other hand, some praised Maine for holding her ground about her opinion