Vice Ganda on Anne Curtis, Sotto’s drug-test proposal
“I see nothing wrong with drug testing. We should all aim to be healthy and drug-free,” said comedian-TV host Vice Ganda, in support of Sen. Vicente “Tito” Sotto’s suggestion that ABS-CBN conduct random drug tests for its talents.
Sotto’s recommendation followed widespread accounts of a drunken scene in a bar involving Anne Curtis and, allegedly, fellow Kapamilya star John Lloyd Cruz. Curtis reportedly called Cruz “[a drug] addict.”
“Only those who actually take drugs would [object to a test]. I am not judging them; we all have our reasons for doing the things we do,” the comedian told a group of writers during a gathering for his new film “Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy.”
Vice said Anne, his cohost on “It’s Showtime,” was trying her best to cope with all the flak she got after the incident. “She forces herself to go to work every day, to not read the comments on Twitter. I know she’s deeply affected, but she’s being the professional that she is. She has a lot of commitments and knows she can’t attend to them if she succumbs to stress.”
He added, “She’s doing a great job, not falling apart. She knows that taking a break will not help. I told her to just keep busy.”
Vice recalled a conversation they had days after news of the incident broke. “It was my day-off from ‘Showtime’; she called and said, ‘I wish you were here.’ I went to the studio just to be with her.”
Cry, pray, wait
Said Vice, who went under scrutiny a few months back because of a rape joke he made during a concert, “I know what she is going through.”
He counseled his beleaguered colleague: “No amount of support from us will make the pain go away. All you can do is cry, pray, and wait for it to blow over.”
Vice added, “Anne knew she committed a mistake. That’s why she apologized. I told her the criticisms would not stop [anytime soon] but that it would stop, eventually.”
“Girl, Boy” a comedy by Wenn Deramas, is an entry to the 2013 Metro Manila Film Festival, which starts on Christmas Day. Vice hopes this film will equal, if not surpass, the box-office success of “Sisterakas,” his entry last year.
“Girl, Boy” also features Maricel Soriano, Ruffa Gutierrez, Joey Marquez, Ejay Falcon and Cristine Reyes.