Comedian Gil Morales, more popularly known as Ate Gay, aired his apologies after Vice Ganda expressed disappointment when the former revealed the monetary help he gave only to get criticized online.
Ate Gay earlier courted controversy after stating in a now-deleted Facebook post that he will be unfriending those who have nothing to say but criticize the government.
“Mga friends ko dito na walang ginawa kundi ang mang-nega ng umaga, ang manisi, ang sisihin ang gobyerno… Basa din, alamin ang pinagmulan ng paghihirap ng Pinas, simulan n’yo ng 1986,” he wrote.
There were netizens who criticized the post, with some saying he should not have received any assistance from Vice Ganda when he fell ill early this year. Some fans also felt that Vice, who has had expressed his opinions on government issues, was being alluded to in the post.
Earlier in March, Ate Gay asked prayers for his recovery after he was hospitalized due to the rare skin disease toxic epidermal necrolysis.
The stand-up comedian, however, clarified that it was not solely Vice Ganda who helped pay his hospital bill, stressing that it was his sibling who shouldered his hospitalization amounting to P600,000.
Ate Gay also listed the names of other celebrity friends who offered help, along with the amount they gave him.
In an episode of It’s Showtime on Thursday, Vice Ganda got to express his dismay over his monetary aid being made public by someone whom he did not mention the name.
“May natulungan ako. Hindi ko pinagmalaki na meron akong natulungan pero ‘yung tinulungan ko, sinabi niyang tinulungan ko siya.
“Tapos, nilabas niya ‘yung magkano ‘yung tinulong ko sa kanya. Tapos nabasa ko sa mga comments, sabi nung mga comments, ‘Ha? Ganun lang pala binigay ni Vice Ganda, P20,000 lang.'”
Vice Ganda admitted being deeply hurt over his gesture being questioned when all he just wanted was to help the person.
“Parang, napalunok ako. Parang ‘pag ako ba yung tumulong dapat may presyo?
“Sabi ko tumulong na ako ng kusa, ayoko ngang magpa-acknowledge kaya hindi ko sinasabi pero yung nilabas mo ‘yung pangalan ko, tapos inokray pa ako ng mga ano, ‘bakit P20,000 lang binigay. Nasaktan ako talaga.
“Pag hindi ka tumulong, ang sama-sama mo. Pag tumulong ka, kikuwestiyonin pa kung bakit iyon lang ang tinulong mo. That hurts so much,” he added.
In an Instagram post on Friday, Ate Gay said his apologies to Vice Ganda, saying he just got provoked by a netizen who spoke ill of him.
The comedian went on to reiterate that he’s thankful of the help he received from Vice Ganda and his friends.
Ogie Diaz, meanwhile, also revealed in his vlog that Ate Gay had reached out to say sorry for his actions and vowed not to do it again.
“Kausap ko siya, sinabi niya na ‘uy pakisabi kay Vice na I’m very very sorry, patawarin niya ako. Alam kong pangit ‘yung ginawa ko. Pero gusto ko lang sabihin sa kanya na hindi ko na uulitin.”