Actress AiAi Delas Alas was in tears when Jiro Manio, who is now in a wellness facility, told her that she rescued him and gave him a chance in having a new life.
The wellness center allowed some media outfits to record the meeting between AiAi and Jiro through a “guided dialogue.”
“Nagpapasalamat ako, hindi dahil tinulungan mo ako, dahil ni rescue mo ako (I am thankful that you came and helped me; you rescued me.),” Jiro told AiAi, who could not help but cry.
“Saka humihingi ako ng tawad dahil wala akong nagawa nung time na parang naguguluhan ako (I am sorry for not being able to do anything during the time when I was not myself),” Jiro added.
The “guided dialogue” is part of the rehab program wherein a person close to the patient is invited and given the opportunity to converse with the latter. In this dialogue, the patient is given the chance to tell the person how he feels.
Jiro did not know that AiAi was arriving in the facility on that day. Thus, Jiro’s statements were not scripted.
Jiro, the former child star, went through rehabilitation after he was seen roaming around NAIA 3 a year ago. At that time, he was merely depending on people’s alms.
It was AiAi who immediately extended help to Jiro, who played as her son in many films.
She enrolled Jiro in a rehab center and continued to help him up to this day. After several months in the rehab center, improvement have been seen with Jiro. He now also looks clean and healthy.
Jiro said he would finish the rehabilitation program as he wants to start anew and live a good life.
“Sa totoo lang kinalimutan ko na ang nakaraan kung anuman ang nangyari sa akin, wala na sa isip ko. Ayoko nang balikan pa yung masasamang bisyo (I am trying to forget all that has happened to me. I don’t want to go back to having vices),” he said.