Veteran actor John Regala said that he almost gave up living and refused to receive medical treatment because he already wanted to see his late mother Ruby Regala in the afterlife.
In an interview with journalist Raffy Tulfo, he revealed that his doctor told him that he’s suffering from liver cirrhosis and he needed to be treated immediately.
However, he refused to undergo an operation.
“Meron po akong liver cirrhosis at may tubig na po ang aking tiyan. Kailangan matanggal na po sabi ng doktor eh ayaw ko na pong ipatanggal dahil sa totoo lang po gusto ko na pong sumunod sa mama ko,” said Regala.
Regala also said that his financial problems forced his wife to leave him.
“Hindi ko po alam kung papano po ako magsisimula. Iniwan pa po ako ng aking asawa dahil wala na nga po akong pera,” the actor said.
The veteran actor also didn’t waste the opportunity to address his adopted children who left him also.
“Sana man lang matuto na humingi o magpasalamat sa nagpalaki sa inyo dahil hindi ko naman kayo kaano-ano pero ang pagmamahal na binigay ko sa inyo ay tulad ng isang tunay na anak. I don’t need material things from you. I can survive all the storm that will come. Basta yun mga tinuro ko sa inyo na magpakabuti kayo na anak, alam niyo mahal ko kayo,” the actor said.
After John Regala has gone viral after being discovered in a frail condition by a food delivery rider, celebrities and concerned citizens sent their help to the veteran actor who appeared in more than 50 movies and even won a best-supporting actor award.
Actor Chuckie Dreyfus gave an update to Regala, saying that the actor couldn’t eat properly for two weeks already because of his swollen liver and spleen.
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An afternoon well spent with Mr. John Regala. I got a call from kuya Reb Belleza to ask me to see Mr. John Regala so yesterday I visited him at his place to check on his condition and extend our support. Since 2015, he has been under the care of Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) where he is a member and up to now, they have been looking after his well-being. I was met by his dear friends, actress Ate Nadia Montenegro Pla and Celebrity Journalist/ talent manager Aster A. Amoyo who were also there to reach out and provide him with the assistance that he might need. I was also told that Chuckie Dreyfus helped in gathering support for kuya John. It’s so incredible to see industry people come together to help one another in times like these. Kahit may kanya-kanyang priorities, basta sa panahon ng krisis, nandyan tayo para sa isa’t isa. I am happy to share that Kuya John is ok. He requires medical assistance, and Doc Poch, our ever-reliable doctor from Volunteer Corps PH was there to give him a check-up and assess his medical condition. Arrangements were made to address his immediate needs, which includes regular visits by the doctor to provide him with IV fluids to keep him hydrated and nourished since his liver problem makes him lose his appetite. There was an outpour of support coming from fellow actors in the industry to make sure he is well taken care of. Being a witness to all these, I can’t help but say to myself, “there’s hope.” This experience has been truly humbling. I’m almost four years in as head of FDCP, and since day one, we never stopped working to serve the film industry and the country. But while the agency has done so much as it is, it’s still not enough. Ang dami pa ring kailangang gawin at sistema na dapat iimplement para matulungan ang LAHAT ng sector at workers. Ang daming kailangan ayusin. Sanay pa rin ang lahat sa kanya-kanya at paghihilahan pababa. Despite the divisiveness, I hope we can find common ground so we can work together. The film industry is an ecosystem, and we need all the sectors working together to thrive. Sa lahat ng tumulong at patuloy na tumutulong kay Mr. John Regala, maraming salamat.
Aside from Dreyfus, Liza Diño, Nadia Montenegro and Aster Amoyo also visited the veteran actor.
This article was originally posted in 2020