Ai-Ai delas Alas gives update on Jiro Manio
MANILA, Philippines – Actress Ai-Ai delas Alas said on Saturday, July 11, that former child actor Jiro Manio is now doing well after he was found roaming around the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in June.
In a live interview on Startalk, Ai-Ai said that she has already spoken with the doctor at the wellness facility where Jiro is undergoing treatment.
"Nasa magandang kalagayan po si Jiro ngayon at nagpapagaling po siya. Sabi po nung doktor po sa akin mga 3 to 4 months magiging okay na siya," she shared.
(Jiro is doing well and he is recovering. The doctor told me that he'll be okay in around 3 to 4 months.)
Ai-Ai also defended Jiro's foster father Andrew Manio from the critics who say that he did not raise the former child actor well.
"Hindi po totoo dahil kahit nung maliit pa si Jiro, nakikita po namin lagi 'yung lahat ng hirap na dinadanas ni Daddy (Andrew). Pinapakain si Jiro, kinakarga, pagpapatulog. Meron lang po talagang malaking problema si Jiro na personal," Ai-Ai said.
(That's not true, because when Jiro was still small, we saw all the hard work Daddy (Andrew) went through to raise him. He would feed Jiro, carry him, and put him to sleep. Jiro really just has a personal problem.)
As for Jiro's plans after his treatment, Ai-Ai said it's too early to say anything, but the actor mentioned that he is not keen on going back to showbiz. (READ: Jiro Manio done with showbiz, says he has nowhere to go)
"Sa ganito pong state, ayaw niya talaga mag-artista. So tignan na lang po natin 'pag lumabas na po siya at magaling na siya. Tingnan po muna natin 'yung gusto niya, kasi ako sabi ko sa kanya, kung ano lang 'yung magiging masaya ka, magiging mapayapa 'yung buhay mo, doon tayo."
(At this state, he really does not want to go back to showbiz. So let's see, when he gets out and he's already well. Let's see what he wants because I told him that whatever makes him happy, whatever will give him peace in his life, that's where we will go.)
"Hindi kita pipilitin yung hindi mo gusto. Ang gusto ko lang gumaling siya at maging maayos yung buhay niya. (I won't force you if you don't like it. What I want is just for him to get well and that he gets his life back on track)," she added.
Ai-Ai was one of the stars who immediately offered to help Jiro after he was found at the airport. Ai-Ai also mentioned that Marvin Agustin and Lorna Tolentino have offered to help Jiro. (READ: PH stars express concern for Jiro Manio)
Meanwhile, Andrew Manio, who was also on the show, along with Jiro's brother Anjo Santos, said all that he wishes for Jiro is for him to help himself.
"Sana tulungan niya ang sarili niya. Siya lang ang makakatulong sa sarili niya. Iyon po, suporta na lang po ang ibibigay ko sa kanya (I hope he will help himself. He is the only one who can help himself. The support, that's all I can give him)," he said.
Anjo also gave a message to his brother.
"Sana po magbago na siya, maging maayos na yung buhay niya dahil nandito naman ako. Hindi ko siya pababayaan, iiwanan, kumbaga partners in crime kaming dalawa kaya sana tulungan niya po ang sarili niya," Anjo said.
(I hope he changes already, that he'll fix his life, because I'm here for him. I won't abandon him because the two of us, we're like partners in crime. So I hope he'll help himself.)
UPDATE: On July 21,Ai-Ai also took to Instagram and post photos of Jiro. She took it upon herself to address false death rumors about Jiro, saying: " ETO SYA SUPER HEALTHY.... Ok na ok sya buhay na buhay... Sana mga taong nag kakalat na patay sya tumigil na sila,” she wrote.
(Here he is, super healthy. He’s okay and alive. I hope those who are spreading reports that he’s dead will stop it already.)
On June 30, Jiro was found roaming around the NAIA 3, and said he was done with acting.
Last week, Jiro's former girlfriend Reijine broke her silence about the troubled star's past, saying she and her family helped him enter rehab for the second time. Jiro first entered rehab in 2011.
Jiro rose to fame via the movie Magnifico directed by Maryo J. de los Reyes. He's also starred in a number of movies and TV shows. – Rappler.com