Ai-Ai delas Alas explained why he stopped helping the former child actor Jiro Manio after taking care of him for several months.
In an interview with Pep, Ai-Ai went viral in 2015 after she announced that she would help rehabilitate Jiro, who was reportedly hooked on different vices during that time.
However, after several years, Ai-Ai decided to end her charitable acts to Jiro.
In 2020, the comedian said that she already lost all hope in helping Jiro after she learned that the former actor was still continuing his vices despite being in rehabilitation.
“Parang pakiramdam ko, yung lahat ng binuhos kong effort, lahat ng binuhos ko na tulong, pangaral, suporta sa pamilya, parang natapon na lang nang ganoon,” she said.
“So ako, wala na. Nawalan na ako ng pag-asa. ‘Wala na, hindi na magbabago si Jiro. Tutal, nung ipina-rehab ko siya, 23 years old siya… 24, 25, 26… matanda na siya. Hindi naman siya 17 o menor de edad. So, sabi ko, ‘Siguro, tama na yung nagawa ko para sa kanya,” she added.
Fortunately, Jiro decided to continue his rehabilitation and in an interview last 2023, the actor showed improvement in his journey to change himself for the better.
Ai-Ai watched the interview conducted by Julius Babao, saying that she was happy that she was wrong in her conclusion.
“Doon naman sa interview nakita ko naman na okay siya and I hope Jiro na ipagpatuloy mo ‘yan maging okay ka forever and sana bumalik doon sa dati na and I hope maging tuloy tuloy na ang pagaling mo,” she said.
Jiro went viral again on social media after he sold his Gawan Urian Best Actor Trophy for only P75,000.