MANILA, Philippines – News that former child star Jiro Manio was found roaming around the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 got social media users talking Tuesday night, June 30. Some of his colleagues in the entertainment industry have also expressed their concern for the troubled star.
On Instagram, actress Ai-Ai delas Alas, Jiro’s co-star in her Tanging Ina series, said she was looking to help him.
According to an interview with GMA News, Ai-Ai said she wanted to go to Jiro herself.
“Dapat nagpunta ako sa kanya, pero sinabi naman nila sa pulis sa airport na kailangan family lang ang kukuha kay Jiro,” she said.
(I was supposed to go to him, but they told the police at the airport that the family should be the one to pick up Jiro.)
Ai-Ai also shared that actors Marvin Agustin and Nikki Valdez have also expressed their willingness to help Jiro.
According to a report from Pep, director Maryo J de los Reyes also called out to help Jiro with his condition. The director was Jiro’s mentor in the movie Magnifico.
TV5 host and former child actor IC Mendoza posted a photo of him hugging Jiro when they met at the airport.
“Hugging it out with my friend Jiro. Advice from one child star to another: Lahat naman tayo may mga pinagdadaanan. Huwag lang natin tatambayan. You’re a good person and napakatalented! Its okay to ask for help sometimes. The industry misses you! #JiroManio,” IC wrote.
Social media star Kimpoy Feliciano also expressed his concern for Jiro on Twitter.
Sobrang idol ko si Jiro Manio. Bata palang ako. Napakatalented na tao. Sana may tumulong sa kanya. Give him another chance— Kimpoy Feliciano (@kimpoyfeliciano) June 30, 2015
Kapag nkarecover si Jiro Manio, wait for his comeback! Sigurado mas lalo sya magiging magaling na actor dahil sa pinagdaanan nya sa buhay— Kimpoy Feliciano (@kimpoyfeliciano) June 30, 2015
Actress Isabelle de Leon also expressed her desire to help Jiro out.
Stylist Alyanna Martinez, daughter of actor Albert Martinez also posted on Facebook about Jiro, saying that Jiro needed help getting back on his feet.
Meanwhile in text message to Rappler, Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) terminal 3 manager Octavio Lina said Jiro’s departure from the airport Wednesday morning, July 1, was uneventful.
“Everything went well and wala namang naging problema,” he said.
In an interview, Jiro said that he does not want to go back to acting and had nowhere to go. It was reported that he fought with his foster father Andrew Manio.
On Facebook, Anjo Santos, who said he was Jiro’s younger brother, posted a message for those critcizing his brother’s condition.
“Sa mga nag sasabi na pa rehab yung kuya ko ulit dahil wala ng pag asa na magbago, wag po kayo ganun. Dahil hindi niyo po alam kung gaano kahirap ‘yung pinagdadaanan niya at ang pamilya namin ngayon, hindi niyo alam ang tunay na kwento. Hindi na po sya nag drudrugs, kailangan niya po ng suporta at pagmamahal ngayon dahil nagdaan po siya sa matinding depression.
“Huwag po kayo ganun, Diyos na po ang bahala sa inyo maraming salamat po sa mga naniniwala at sumusuporta sa kanya at tumutulong po, GOD BLESS PO.”
(To those who are saying my brother should be sent to rehab once again because there’s no chance he’ll change, don’t be like that. Because you do not know what he and our family are going through, and you don’t know the whole story. He is not even taking drugs . He needs your support and love now, because he went through a deep depression.
Don’t be like that. God will take care of you . Thank you to those who trust, support, and help him. God bless.)
Jiro, real name Jiro Katakura, rose to fame in the movie Magnifico, in a breakout role that won him several awards.
Jiro, who has two children, has also battled a drug problem, entering rehab twice in the past. – Rappler.com