Dolphy Jr. told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) that their family is coping.
“Okay naman, pero siyempre, kung ako nga hangga’t maaari, e ‘wag tumakbo yung oras.
“Kung mapipigil mo lang, di ba? Kaya lang, dadating talaga, e.”
In a brief interview yesterday, July 13, the third day of the wake of the Comedy King at the Heritage Park in Taguig City, Dolphy Jr. said: “Nalulungkot dahil mawawala yung aming hinihingan ng advice, sinasandalan, yung nagpapasaya sa amin.”
Dolphy Jr. is Rodolfo Vera Quizon Sr.’s son with former stage actress Engracia Dominguez. It can be recalled that Dolphy Jr. was charged with and imprisoned for 18 years for arson that claimed six lives including the offspring of actress Mina Aragon.
It was alleged that he started the fire while he was high on drugs. In 1998, Dolphy Jr. was pardoned by the former President Joseph Estrada. The Comedy King’s son has since lived a renewed life as a preacher for Brother Eddie Villanueva’s Jesus is Lord Church.
Asked to describe his relationship with his father, Dolphy Jr. said: “Kami ng father ko… hindi naman talaga ‘hindi pagkakaunawaan.’ Kaya lang siyempre, dala ko ang pangalan niya.
“May advantage and may disadvantage. Kagaya nung nasangkot ako sa isang kaso, siyempre dala-dala ko po yung pangalan niya, nahihiya ako sa father ko."
The former actor, who used to star with Dolphy in films, added, “Kasi alam ng father ko, dun sa kaso ko na yun, wala naman akong alam dun, e. Kasi nung panahon na mangyari yung sunog na yun, magkakasama kami ng Tatay ko, e.”
I LOVE YOU, DAD. Dolphy Jr. was with his father when the Comedy King was in and out of the hospital.
“Madalas akong nasa ospital. Ako nagbabantay din sa kanya do’n.”
If he could talk to his father, he would tell him, “I love you, Dad.”
“Mahal na mahal namin ang Daddy ko, e. Kasi grabe din ang binigay niyang pagmamahal sa amin.
“Kasi hanggang sa huli… [kahit] hindi mo na nga madinig magsalita pero ‘pag bumuka ang bibig, ang tanong [niya], ‘Kamusta kayo? Kumain na ba kayo?’”
ON ZSA ZSA PADILLA. Dolphy Jr. is grateful to actress-singer Zsa Zsa Padilla for the devotion and love she gave the Comedy King in their 23 years together as a couple.
“Nagpapasalamat talaga ako [na] siya ang binigay ng Panginoon sa Daddy ko, kasi talaga yung pagtiya-tiyaga niya…
“Siya nag-aayos sa Daddy ko. Siya ang nagkukulay ng buhok ng Daddy ko, nag-aayos ng isusuot ng Daddy ko.
“I’m very thankful kay Zsa Zsa sa pagmamahal niya sa Daddy ko.”
NATIONAL ARTIST AWARD. Dolphy Jr. is happy to hear that President Benigno Aquino III has declared July 10, “Dolphy Day.”
“Nagpapasalamat ako… hindi man niya nakuha yung National Artist [award]. Nadidinig ko lang yan, e.”
The public clamor to declare his father a National Artist has been in the news in the past days.
The late comedian’s son said, “‘Pag pumasok sa isip ko yung National Artist, ang pagkakaintindi ko diyan is masa, e.
“Kaya nga ‘National,’ e. Hindi naman pang elite lang yan, e.
“Daddy ko kasi ang taong may etiketa, in the sense na kung ayaw mo ibigay sa kanya, okay lang. Wala namang problema, e.
“Kasi, sa dami naman ng nagmamahal sa Tatay ko, sa dami ng nananalangin sa Tatay ko, alam ko, sa puso ng masang Pilipino, Daddy ko ay National Arist, e.”
He added that with or without Dolphy Day or a National Artist Award, his father, Dolphy, had already achieved everything.