Pinoy Big Brother: Connect housemate Russu Laurente was evicted from the PBB house on January 3. The competition’s second evictee received 4.39 percent of Kumu and text votes.
His eviction came after he made the admission he was in favor of PBB’s home network ABS-CBN’s shutdown.
The “Bunsong Boksingero” of General Santos City confessed to another housemate that he was guilty of saying “yes” to the network’s shutdown.
“Inaamin ko na na-impluwensiyahan ako ng mga fino-follow ko na mga taga-Mindanao lang. Ikaw na tingin tingin lang sa social media lang, madadala ka rin talaga, diba?” he said.
The 18-year-old then told “Kuya” that he was uninformed of the “backstory” of ABS-CBN’s shutdown. He explained that he was carried away by other netizens’ sentiments online.
After his eviction, PBB host Toni Gonzaga took to social media to defend the 18-year-old after he received backlash online.
“For our second eviction night housemate Russu was evicted because of a mistake he did that eventually made him realize the damage it has done.
“People are very quick to judge him, call him names and crucify him on social media because of it without realizing that at 19 years old, he doesn’t know the gravity of words spoken,” she wrote in an Instagram post.
Meanwhile, PBB host Robi Domingo gave his “utmost respect” to Russu’s family through social media.
“We have to admit that something is wrong with the system… but it also gives us the opportunity to learn from each other and grow. Remember, there is always hope in humanity,” he wrote.