Actor-singer Janno Gibbs expressed deep condemnation for vloggers who irresponsibly shared videos and fabricated stories surrounding the death of his esteemed father, veteran actor Ronaldo Valdez.
The family is grappling with grief, further exacerbated by the disrespectful invasion of privacy during this challenging time.
In an interview with ABS-CBN News, Gibbs questioned the ethics of vloggers who disseminated videos of Valdez even before the family was formally informed about his condition. He expressed shock at the actions of some police personnel involved in the investigation, highlighting the surreptitious recording of videos during the inquiry.
“Shame on you. Wala na ba tayong natitirang dignidad, respeto sa isang namatayan?” Gibbs exclaimed, emphasizing the disregard for the grieving family. Despite the distress caused, he opted not to file charges against the vloggers, acknowledging the extensive reach of the shared video.
Gibbs’s stance extends beyond personal grievances, as he speaks out as a concerned netizen and private citizen. He aims to raise social awareness and advocate for reform, emphasizing the need for empathy and respect, particularly in the age of widespread social media usage.
The Quezon City Police District (QCPD) issued a public apology to the Gibbs family, acknowledging the inappropriate conduct of a police officer who recorded a video of the late Ronaldo Valdez. The QCPD expressed deep regret for the distress caused and announced administrative charges against five officers, including neglect of duty, grave misconduct, and violation of the cybercrime law. Legal action will also be taken against civilians suspected of spreading the video.
Despite the challenging circumstances, the Gibbs family has found solace in the support received, particularly from actress Kathryn Bernardo, who was close to Valdez. The family has requested a public apology from the police for mishandling sensitive information, including the video and home address of the deceased actor.
Janno Gibbs extended gratitude to ABS-CBN for the care provided to his father, expressing special thanks for their support during the filming of his last directorial project, ‘Itutumba Ka ng Tatay Ko,’ set for release on January 24. Despite the pain, Gibbs remains grateful for the cherished moments spent working with his father and hopes the upcoming movie will allow people to remember Ronaldo Valdez in a positive light.
In the midst of grief and challenges, the Gibbs family strives to focus on the legacy and positive memories left behind by the “sweetest dad,” Ronaldo Valdez.