Mommy Eva practices "tough love" on son Royette Padilla

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"Si Royette napaparusahan kasi ayaw niyang sumunod sa mga activities doon," said Eva Cariño to Showbiz Central host Pia Guanio last Sunday, November 25. The statement was in defense of the rehabilitation center where Royette used to stay.


Mrs. Eva Cariño, the seemingly cool matriarch of the Padilla family, broke down as she poured her heart out over her son Royette Padilla's recent complaints against a certain rehab center and his statements against her.

"Royette, anak, lahat ginawa namin para sa ‘yo. Hindi kami nagkulang. Lalong-lalo na ko, pagod, hirap...hirap na hirap na ko. Sana naman sumunod ka na sa gusto namin dahil ito'y para sa ‘yo," sobbed Mrs. Cariño last Sunday, November 25, in her live interview with Showbiz Central.

REHAB WOES. Before the interview with Mommy Eva, Royette had already granted a taped interview, also with Showbiz Central, to denounce the unnamed rehabilitation center where he used to be confined.

Royette accused the rehab center management of subjecting its patients to various forms of physical and emotional torture as part of its program.

"Tatlong taon na akong nari-rehab, e. Hanggang ngayon, wala pa rin linaw ang paglabas ko," said Royette.

He proceeded to explain the methods of abuse allegedly being carried out by the center.

"Actually doon, ‘pag medyo makulit ka doon, pinabubugbog ka dun sa mga staff dun," he complained. "'Tapos physically 'pag nagkamali kami ng konti, haharap kami sa pader. 'Tapos pag pinaglinis ako ng banyo doon, pinakakamay sa akin, kamayin ko raw."

The said maltreatment prompted the former character actor to flee from the rehab. The Showbiz Central interview was conducted in a remote area where Royette is currently staying.

As the interview went along, it also became apparent that Royette's discontent was not solely caused by the rehabilitation center. It was then revealed that the Padilla family, particularly Mrs. Cariño, strongly lobbied to have Royette admitted to the center.

Royette accused his mother of constantly meddling in his personal life.

"Noong una, kaya ako napa-rehab ng mommy ko, ng pamilya ko, kasi hindi ba nagkaroon ako ng issue noon sa H-World, 'no? Palaging nakikialam siya," protested Royette.

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H-World United Nations Philippine Military Government International Police Commission is a religious group-cum-private army said to be headed by Royette.

Royette, however, failed to maintain his tough façade during the interview. "Ang kanya [Mommy Eva] naman overprotection, mahal niya kasi ako, e," he tearfully acknowledged. "Natatakot din siya. Alam kong mahal niya ako, kung may mangyari sa akin okay lang, trabaho ko ‘to. Kung may mangyari sa akin, okay lang, ginusto ko ‘yon, e."

DISCIPLINE NOT TORMENT. The rehabilitation center, however, brushed off Royette's interpretation of the usual practice being administered in any center.

"Face the wall is a form of disciplinary action, to which their parent or their petitioner or their guardian are well informed. Ang essence nito is para maintindihan nila, maisip nila ‘yong mali na ginawa nila," explained Gonzalo Jesus Garcia III, president and managing director of the rehab center.

Garcia denied the "pambubugbog" claimed by Royette, however, arguing that all disciplinary actions are humane and meant to regain a patient's self-worth.

MOTHER KNOWS BEST. Sitting in as a studio guest, Mommy Eva admitted having objections to her son's involvement with H-World.

"Talagang ayoko ‘yon. Dahil sa nakikita ko na hindi tama at ‘yan ang isang pinagrerebelde ni Royette," said Mommy Eva to Showbiz Central host Pia Guanio.

But aside from the H-World issue, Mommy Eva also disclosed that Royette has a debilitating drinking problem.

"Unang-una talaga, alcoholic siya talaga," she revealed without hesitation. "Natatakot na ako siyempre, alam naman natin ang taong lasing, ‘di ba? So hihintayin ko pa bang may mangyari bago ko siya ipasok?"

Royette's alcoholism, according to Mommy Eva, was a recurring problem, hence the need for her son's re-admittance to the rehab.

"Galit na siya kasi bakit daw lagi ko siyang pinapasok sa rehab. ‘Yong sinasabi niyang sila binubugbog, walang katotohanan ‘yon. Papayag ba naman ako na ang anak ko bubugbugin sa rehab?"

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The Padilla matriarch said that the rehab center's house rules were very clear to her right from the start and whatever disciplinary action imposed on Royette was just and necessary.

Mommy Eva admitted feeling crestfallen by the sight of her son crying and obviously going through much emotional anguish.

"Alam ko naman naghihirap siya dahil ‘yon nga, labas-pasok siya sa rehab," she said. "Pero hindi ko rin puwedeng pabayan na nasa labas na ganoon pa rin, alcoholic pa rin siya. Natatakot ako."


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