On January 21, 2011, Baron met with members of the press to announce that he would be entering a 90-day rehabilitation program for his alcoholism.
This rehab program was part of the Professional Artists Managers Inc. (PAMI) demands in its decision on the harassment complaint filed by Cherry Pie Picache and her talent manager Ed Instrella last January 17. (CLICK HERE to read related article.)
To date, Baron has reached the two-month mark of his rehab program. In an interview with Korina Sanchez aired during the March 28 episode of TV Patrol, the actor talked about his behavior when he becomes intoxicated.
"Nagiging unmanageable [ako] tapos wala akong sinusunod na batas," said Baron. "Nagiging bastos ako, nagiging mayabang. Basta akala ko, 'pag malakas ka uminom, malakas ka manigarilyo, 'yan ang tunay na lalaki.
"Kailangan kong ayusin ang 'Baron, the person.' I already feel like a victor but in order to become successful in life, it's the outside world, e. Yun ang totoong laban. You know, I surrendered na everything to God. God granted me the courage to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change things I can, accepting hardship as the pathway to peace."
YAYO AGUILA OPENS UP. Before Cherry Pie filed her complaint, other women have already filed cases against Baron.
One of them is Patrizha Martinez, daughter of William Martinez and Yayo Aguila. Patrizha filed an "acts of lasciviousness" case against Baron in April 2008. (CLICK HERE to read related article.)
Yesterday, March 29, Yayo Aguila gave her reaction to Baron's decision to enter rehab. She opened up during the press conference of Good Vibes held at the Lounge Bar on Tomas Morato, Quezon City.
"Actually, pinanood ko yun [TV Patrol report]. Nung una, nagulat nga ako kasi 'wow, may feature sa kanya.' Pinanood ko yun kasi I want to know what's going on with him. Kung tutuusin, hindi pa tapos ang kaso namin kasi we have a hearing this May. Medyo naiinis na nga ako kasi ang tagal."
Yayo said she is happy for Baron, her former housemate in Pinoy Big Brother Celebrity Edition.
"Natutuwa ako na nag-rehab siya. Nung una, akala ko hindi totoo... naririnig ko lang. Nung napanood ko nga, natutuwa ako for him. Sa dami-dami ng attempts in the past ng mga tao, at least sa sarili niya, nagpunta na siya dun.
"On the way here, ikinuwento ko sa dalawang anak ko. Sabi ko, I don't know what I should feel, pero sa akin lang, para akong nakahinga kasi at least alam ng tao na yung pinaglaban ng anak ko ay totoo at may dahilan."
Yayo is also proud of her daughter Patrizha for speaking up about the incident as it spurred other women to open up as well.
"Natuwa rin ako na nag-decide ang anak ko to come out in the open at mag-fight ng kaso kasi simula nun, nagsunod-sunod na. Kung ano man ang sinabi ng anak ko, na-prove na ng lahat na totoo.
"Sabi ko rin sa dalawang anak ko, okay na ako kasi nakita kong nag-rehab siya [Baron]. Actually, yun rin ang sabi ni Patrizha before, nung bago pa ang kaso. Ang gusto lang niya makita na mag-rehab si Baron. Para she doesn't have to prove anything to anybody. Si Baron na rin ang sumagot sa tanong."
WILL IT BE EFFECTIVE? Does Yayo believe that this rehabilitation program will help Baron deal with his drinking problem?
"Ako naman, open ako sa feelings ko kay Baron. We were once close, super close until this happened. Sa akin, I just wish him well. Sana paglabas niya, ma-maintain na niya ang ganun. Kasi tao naman tayong lahat, nagkakamali," she said.
What is Patrizha's reaction when she learned that Baron entered rehab already?
"Hindi ko pa siya nakakausap. Pero si Ate [Patrizha], para sa kanya tapos na. Pag nag-uusap kami tungkol sa case, ang lagi naman niyang sinasabi, 'Sana matapos na to. Sana lumabas na ang totoo.'
Has Patrizha forgiven Baron already?
"Hindi ko alam pero sasagot ako bilang ina. Kilala ko ang anak ko. I believe we raised [our children] well. Si Patrizha, ang alam ko, mapagpatawad na tao naman 'yan. Kaya lang siyempre, may proseso na sinusunod dahil may kaso pa.
"Knowing her, I know napatawad na rin niya pero kailangan pa ring gawin ang dapat gawin."