Pumanaw na ang ama ni John Arcilla na si Dominador Alemania Arcilla, 86.
Mabigat ang kalooban ng award-winning actor dahil sa pangambang hindi niya makikita sa huling pagkakataon ang kanyang tatay.
Dahil sa Enhanced Community Quarantine, malabo ang posibilidad na mapuntahan nila ng pamilya niya ang kinaroroonan ng pumanaw na ama sa Baler, Quezon.
Nilinaw rin ni John, 53, na hindi COVID-19 ang ikinamatay ng kanyang ama.
Sa pamamagitan ng social media ngayong Linggo ng gabi, April 5, ibinahagi ni John ang pighating nararamdaman tungkol sa pagkawala ng ama:
"Dear friends, my father is gone not because of COVID.
"If not for the quarantine which I believe is necessary, and this painful circumstance which understandably need not to favor with our grieving family, I would not express anything about my father’s fate.
"I do not feel good announcing the passing of someone very dear to me.
"But the feeling of not seeing even his body for the last time while we’re just here 5- hours away from him, isn’t easy to handle.
"His body is in Baler and due to this situation, wakes and celebrations of mass are not allowed.
"Our family wishes to cremate him and pray together with his URN after this LOCKDOWN but we don’t have cremations in Baler and travel permits are complicated.
"The funeral services cannot send their services with my father’s remains in Cabanatuan or Manila.
"They can get a travel permit from the origin, but their staff has to be quarantined for 2- weeks or more in their second destination, and has to settle for another set of travel permit.
"So my father’s body will just stay in a funeral chapel for two days without the wake and will be buried with restricted attendance of people the next day.
"Half the numbers of my siblings are here in Manila and all the grandchildren are based here.
"We need to settle travel permits also but they can not guarantee if the checkpoints will allow us to go back to Manila after 2-3 days.
"Most probably, they will send us back to Baler or we have to be quarantined for 14 days or so in Baler or in between towns.
"I do not blame anyone for the situation. My sense of judgement and reason fully understood the consequences.
"I just need to express something that is too much bear.
"Please pray for our family most specially for my beloved father Dominador Alemania Arcilla."