Jiro Manio needs medical help and strong support system, says psychiatrist

In a phone interview with Dr. Ma. Bernadette Arcena, a psychiatrist in St. Luke’s Medical Center, she says Jiro Manio needs a treatment that will possibly last "six months or more."

Seeing Jiro Manio “palaboy-laboy” at the Terminal 3 of Ninoy Aquino International Airport had the public wishing it was just part of his role for a film.

But it was a sad reality.

When reporters Jeff Fernando, MJ Marfori, and IC Mendoza approached him for an interview yesterday, June 30, Jiro was distant, looked ragged, and showbiz had become inconsequential to him.

The former child actor said, “Iba trabaho ko, hindi ako naging artista.”

When asked, what he was doing at the airport, he said, “Wala akong mapuntahan, e. Natural, mag-iistambay ako rito ‘tsaka aalis ako, e.”


“E, hindi puwedeng malaman.”

One Facebook user who is close to the actor said in one of her posts that Jiro has been hoping his relatives in Japan (father side) would help him, but they reportedly blocked him on Facebook.

This supposedly caused Jiro stress.

Add to this, he reportedly had a misunderstanding with his Daddy Andrew, the brother of his deceased mom.


Jiro said, “Hindi, wala. Walang ganun.

"Baka drama lang yun para bumalik ako dun.

"E, ano lang yun, gulo lang yun, away lang yun.”

He shunned all questions about showbiz—which he described as “puro kalokohan.”

When asked about reviving his career, he answered: “Hindi na. Hindi naman ako artista.

“Ano ko lang yun, pinasyalan ko lang showbiz para magkaroon ako ng intelligence.”

Read: Jiro Manio to concerned citizens: "Salamat na lang, kaya kong mabuhay mag-isa."

JIRO NEEDS TREATMENT ASAP. At around 5:30 P.M. today, July 1, PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) did a phone interview with Dr. Ma. Bernadette Arcena—a psychiatrist specializing in consultation liaison psychiatry, dementia, and substance abuse.

She has a clinic in St. Luke’s Medical Center in Quezon City and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Medical Center in San Fernando, Pampanga.

Having watched the interview, Dr. Arcena said Jiro showed manifestations of “behavioral oddities or disturbance.”


She added, “He was lost in the woods… paranoid, suspicious.”

PEP asked: Was he aware of what’s happening to him or was he just masking his condition?

Dr. Arcena replied, “No, he was not his old self.

“Judging by the way he answered, he was not in his right senses.

“Ibig sabihin, may malaking problema na naging dahilan para makalimutan niya, hindi niya alam na artista siya.

“Sa hitsura niya na hindi niya naalagaan ang sarili, he’s the exact opposite of a star, it could be because of what happened to him in the past.”

The doctor said she can only make a proper assessment of Jiro’s condition if she knows the following:

(1) Recent drug use

(2) If he indeed used drugs, “what’s the amount of methamphetamine [hydrochloride] or shabu” in his system?

(3) What’s the extent of dysfunction?

(4) “What are the psychiatrics involved?”

At present, he didn’t show any hostile behavior towards the reporter, but Dr. Arcena said “there is such threat.”


Hence, the doctor said, “Jiro needs help. Kailangan ma-admit agad. He needs an immediate intervention.”

PEP asked Dr. Arcena about the duration of treatment, and she answered, “It’s hard to tell depending on his condition. But usually, six months or more.”

But she had patients who had worse conditions, but are now doing okay.

“There is a big hope. Kailangan lang tutok sa gamot, at maramdaman niya ang pagmamahal at suporta ng pamilya at mga kaibigan.”

The latter, she said, is very crucial to Jiro’s treatment.

“As a psychiatrist, gagamutin namin siya.

“Pero pag nandun na siya sa labas, nandun pa rin yung problema, there’s no guarantee.”

Dr. Arcena stressed the importance of a strong support system.

“Pag puno ng pagmamahal from family, mararamdaman niyang showbiz needs him because magaling siyang aktor, there is big hope.”


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