MANILA - Movie director Chito Roño admitted that his ward, "It's Showtime" host Vhong Navarro, is still afraid to be alone after he was mauled last week at The Fort in Taguig City.
Navarro earlier filed charges of serious illegal detention, serious physical injuries, grave threats, grave coercion and blackmail against businessman Cedric Lee, Deniece Cornejo and a few others.
The actor-host accused Lee and his companions of beating him up inside the condominium unit of Cornejo at the Forbeswood Heights last January 22.
In an interview on radio DZMM on Friday, Roño said that while Navarro is physically recovering, he is still traumatized and wants to be with his friends all the time.
"Physically he is getting better. Siguro I would say may moments pa siyang nararamdaman niya yung trauma niya. Natatakot pa din siyang mag-isa. Gusto niya may kaibigan palagi siyang kasama, kausap," said Roño.
When asked who is always with Navarro in the hospital, the director said: "Marami. In fact mararamdaman mo 'yung family niya, mga kaibigan niya laging nandoon. Father niya, mga tiyahin niya. Nung una hindi namin pinapayagan kasi hindi naman nakakausap, pinapahinga namin kasi masyadong traumatic."
Roño said that they already allowed Navarro's family to visit him, except for the latter's children.
He said they want to be sure that the actor-host will fully recover from what happened.
"The other day nagawa na 'yung surgery niya [sa ilong] so nung unang araw hirap na hirap siya kasi he was unable to use his nose to breathe. Nahihirapan siyang huminga, magsalita. At the same time, he is in pain. Yesterday he's much better, may tendency lang na lumalabas sa kanyang operasyon so medyo pinaiingat lang siya," he said.
"Siyempre it's under observation, mayroon siyang bagong iniindang sakit sa gilid so the doctor went yesterday to look at it also. We've been advised 'yung sa head to check it thoroughly, mas magandang ngayon pa lang matignan na kung may namaga sa brain niya mismo," Roño added.
Roño refused to comment when asked of Navarro's reaction that Cornejo already filed a rape case against him.
"Hindi siya masalita, alam naman niya, sinasabi din niya 'yung totoo so hindi ko mararamdaman kung ano ang nararadaman niya," he said.
Asked to comment on the issue that there are other women claiming that they were also "victims" of Navarro, Roño replied: " Hindi niya alam 'yon kasi di namin pinaparinig sa kanya ang lahat ng news at 'di namin pinapanood ng TV para 'di na siya ma-upset, [sabi namin] magpagaling ka muna.
"Alam naman natin 'yan, so wala kaming comment doon. When you say marami, you just said marami, so I don't know kung ano 'yon, we are not concerned kasi we want to focus on what happened to him, on what they did to him."