Janno Gibbs called out vloggers and the Quezon City Police Department (QCPD) for mishandling the death of his late father, Ronaldo Valdez. In a press conference, the singer-actor decried opportunists who continue to spread fake news, including the implication that he had anything to do with Valdez’s passing.
“Shame on you. Wala na ba tayong natitirang dignidad, respeto sa isang namatayan? Alam ko hanapbuhay nila ‘yang pag vlo-vlog, pero at the expense of a family still grieving? Until now, traumatized pa kami,” said Gibbs. “I do not wish this on anybody else, that’s why I’m doing this,”
(“Do you not have any dignity and respect left for those in mourning? I know vlogging is your livelihood but at the expense of a grieving family? We’re traumatized until now.”)
Gibbs criticized the spread of the graphic video of Valdez, taken by three members of the QCPD who first responded on the scene. All three officers were sacked while three civilians were charged with offenses of cybercrime and privacy laws He also called out other lapses in the police’s investigation, including leaked personal information.
“Sa kanilang lahat, yung mga binanggit ko, pati sa netizens na nag-share, nagpasa ng video, I want to say shame on you. Or better yet, fuck you.”
(To all those I mentioned, including the netizens who shared and passed around the video, I want to say shame on you.)
The QCPD has since issued a statement acknowledging the “gravity of this lapse in judgment” and deeply regretting the distress caused.
“Rest assured that swift and decisive action is being undertaken. The involved personnel will face appropriate administrative charges for their actions. We want to emphasize that this behavior is not reflective of the values we uphold in QCPD.” read a statement.