In September 2006, a complaint was filed at a Pasig police station, accusing John Wayne Sace of alleged misdemeanor and possession of illegal drugs. The plaintiff was Mar Vidallo, neighbor of the young actor.
John Wayne, or Jawe for short, was said to have been smoking marijuana with his friends in front of the complainant's house. When Mar asked Jawe and his friends to leave the premises, Jawe threw stones at the house, breaking one of the windows, reports said.
In an interview with The Buzz, Jawe categorically denied the allegations. He explained that he didn't get along with his neighbor.
Months later, a blind item came out in the tabloids. The report claimed that a young actor who was involved with drugs was said to have resorted to working the streets—or prostitution, to put it bluntly—to feed his habit. Some speculated that the actor was none other than Jawe.
"Hindi naman! Ano ba ‘yon parang pinababa ko na ‘yong sarili ko masyado noon!" exclaimed Jawe, in an interview with PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) yesterday, May 30, at the press junket for Abt Ur Luv, Ur Lyf 2.
Jawe said it was the first time he heard the rumor.
He explained, "[May] mga issue na lumabas na nagda-drugs-drugs or problema about the family, ganyan, pero hindi ko naman kailangan gumawa ng ganyan [maging callboy]. Ako naman, kahit hindi ako artista, siguro naman makakakain ako ng tatlong beses sa isang araw, di ba? Tsaka mabubuhay naman ako. Kahit hindi ako artista, nandiyan naman ‘yong mga magulang ko.
"Kung ako nasasaktan, mas nasasaktan din ‘yong mga magulang ko, di ba? ‘Yong mga nagpalaki sa akin, kung alam lang nila na magkakaroon ako ng isyu-isyung ganyan-ganyan, baka siyempre hindi na rin nila ako pinag-artista. Pero sinabi ko na kaya ko 'yan, tsaka alam ko kung ano ‘yong totoo, di ba?"
Jawe told PEP that his Filipina mom and British dad are both based in Los Angeles, California. He also said that he is living with his grandfather, a mechanical engineer; his aunt, a nurse, and his grandmother.
"Kasi nagsimula 'yong [bad-boy image ko] noong may nakaaway ako [Vidallo]. Tapos 'yon, nagtuloy-tuloy na doon. Hindi nawala ‘yong issue na parang... ‘Yong image ko, di ba? Ang pangit nung dating nung [istorya]," noted the 18-year-old actor who played the youngest son of Vilma Santos and Christopher de Leon in the political drama Dekada '70.
He added, "Hindi naman ako masamang tao. Diyos ko naman... Hindi rin naman ako ganoon kabait, pero siyempre tao lang tayo, hindi naman tayo perpekto. Pero hindi naman ako katulad ng iniisip nila na itong tao na ‘to nagda-drugs na ‘to, so lahat ng klase ng puwede ko nang magawa, iniisip nila na kaya ko nang magawa. Tapos tahimik pa ako. Pasok sa isang tenga, labas sa kabila. Pusong bato... Sa akin parang patawad lang ako nang patawad , e. Mas magandang magmasid kaysa magsalita. So lahat 'yan pinapatakbo ko lang sa utak ko."
Jawe clarified that the case filed by his neighbor was already dropped.
"Nalinaw na. Pero ganoon pa rin siya [his neighbor]. Walang pagbabago. So sa akin, kung ganoon ang gusto niyang tingin sa buhay, kaaway ang tingin niya sa akin, iniiwasan ko na lang. Wala akong pakialam sa kanya," he said sternly.
Now, Jawe is heading the all-teen cast of Abt Ur Luv, Ur Lyf 2 together with Erich Gonzalez. He admitted that the bad-boy image, mainly brought about by the drug issue against him, has affected his career.
"Isa pa ‘yon na nagpabagal din ng career ko, di ba? Kasi, di ba, noong nakaaway ko ‘yong matanda [Vidallo] sabi niya, nagma-marijuana raw ako," he said.