MANILA – The daughter of comedian Jose Manalo is now recovering after she allegedly attempted to commit suicide last week supposedly due to her father’s lack of support for her and her younger sibling.
In an interview with “Bayan ng Bayan” aired on Sunday, Atty. Dennis Pangan, the legal counsel of Manalo's 17-year-old daughter, said they are hoping the girl could immediately recuperate.
“I would say a little better than Thursday. Hopefully it will lead to recovery. Itong huling nangyari na ito, very unexpected kasi talagang ininda ng bata 'yung sinasabi ng tatay na hindi na siya pag-aaralin. Lagi niyang kinukuwento sa akin ‘Minsan nga po Attorney kapag nasa school ako, oras ng recess or oras ng break, kumakain 'yung mga kaklase ko, ako wala akong pera pamasahe lang pauwi,’” he said.
The lawyer said had they not filed a complaint against Manalo, the “Eat Bulaga” co-host will not fulfill his duty to pay for his children’s tuition.
“Nung nag-file kami ng kaso, doon lang siguro natauhan 'yung tatay. Binayaran 'yung isang buwan pero 'yung isang nag-due nung March 1 hindi rin naman binayaran… Kung hindi pa kami nagdedemanda, hindi pa magbibigay,” he said.
Meanwhile, Ana Lyn, the mother of 17-year-old, revealed this is not the first time her daughter tried to take her own life.
“Pangalawa na po ito. 'Yung una 'yung March last year, naglaslas both arms,” she said.
Asked how Manalo responded to the incident then, Pangan said: “Huwag mo na itanong sa akin kung ano ang ginawa ng tatay nung malaman niya, kasi wala eh. Masyadong busy sa show. Sikat eh.”
Pangan said Manalo is free to see his daughter anytime if he wishes to see her.
“Nasa kanila po kung gusto niyang bisitahin ang kanyang anak. Hindi naman po siya binabawalan. Hindi naman namin tinatago kung saang ospital. Hoping na maantig ang puso ng tatay niya,” he said.
In a statement sent to ABS-CBN News, the "Eat Bulaga" co-host said he is "deeply saddened by the recent reports that one of his daughters attempted to take her own life, allegedly because of his refusal to send her to her choice of school."
Manalo also maintained that he has been been "providing, and will continue to provide his children such support to the best of his ability."