Russu Laurente, the “Bunsong Boksingero” of General Santos City made his exit from ABS-CBN’s reality show Pinoy Big Brother: Connect last January 3.
Laurente was evicted after receiving 4.39% of the votes, meaning he was the housemate to be voters least wanted to save.
The former housemate was a controversial one as he in his previous tweets prior to him being a PBB housemate showed support for ABS-CBN’s shutdown.
During his stay in Kuya’s house, viewers called him “manyak” because of an incident where they perceived him to be taking advantage of other housemates.
It all started with him being seen by netizens as a “macho dancer” who also took “advantage” of his fellow housemates such as Andrea and Alyssa.
KILAY IS LIFE!!! Char. Mej manyak pa more. Macho dancer moves pa more. I stan JieSu pa more. Shutdown pa more jusko gurl bat ka pa sumali tbh. Pero aminin, siya ang Giling King, ang Best Dancer this season. Beke nemen Douglas Nierras. Starstruck?!
— Alt PBB Prod (@alt_pbb) January 2, 2021
In an episode where the audience judged him to be a perv, it was during the time that he was accused of kissing Andrea during their time in the pool area.
Upon Laurente’s exit, he clarified that his being a “manyak” was not true. In an exclusive interview with LionhearTV, he explained himself, that all accusations to him were false.
“Hindi ko naman po mapi-please ang lahat, pero gusto ko po sabihin sa maraming tao na nagsasabing manyak ako. Hindi ako manyak, napaka-clingly lang talaga sa lahat, nakikita po ng lahat ng housemate,” said Laurente.
Russu gave his side of the story apart from what the audience has seen through the cameras placed in Kuya’s house. Apparently, the angle of the camera was in a place where it can be easily misinterpreted that he is kissing Andrea, his fellow housemate.
“Nung time na naglalaruan kami nina Liofer sa pool area. [Tapos] laro ng mga lalaki na kiss-kiss dito. Tapos si Andrea nasa harap namin. Parang yung sa angle nung sa camera eh si Andrea ang hinalikan ko. Kaya nung paglabas ko, maraming nakita na ganun na manyak daw ako,” he explained.
Additionally, people thought that he is a predator waiting to take advantage of women. However, he denied such an allegation stating that he is just clingy\\.
“Yung si ate Alyssa nung New Year, medyo nagtatampo si ate Alyssa sakin nun. Tapos yun, sinusuyo ko siya, nagsosorry ako, hinahug ko siya. Hindi kasi alam ng ibang tao kung paano kami magsama sa loob ng bahay,” Laurente clarified.
The former housemate stressed that though he knows that he cannot please everyone, his fellow housemates can attest to his clinginess. For him, that is just who he is being the “bunso”.
“Gaya nga ng sinabi ko, hindi namin mapiplease ang lahat. Nung paglabas ko nagulat ako na ganun yung tingin nila na minamanyak ko si ate Alyssa. Pero alam ng housemates na napaka-clingy ko sa lahat, sa mga lalaki, sa mga babae. Bilang isang bunso, sa magulang ko, sa mga kapatid ko, sa mga kaibigan ko,” Laurente added.
The housemate was evicted after another controversial housemate, Justin Dizon, got booted out of PBB.
Pinoy Big Brother: Connect airs new episodes nightly, and can be accessed via free and digital TV (A2Z Channel 11), cable (Kapamilya Channel), live streaming (Kapamilya Online Live, Kumu), and on-demand streaming (iWant TFC).