MANILA – Still shaking after allegedly trying to jump off a hotel building in Quezon City last Saturday, comedian Jobert Austria, who was brought to the Kamuning police station, begged for help and insisted that someone wants to kill him.
In an exclusive interview with "The Buzz" aired on Sunday, the "Banana Split" cast member said an influential man has been calling and threatening him for some time now.
''May tumawag pero hindi naman sumasagot… Naririnig mo e, pero naka-ganun lang 'yung telepono. Nasa Cainta raw si Jobert," he recalled unidentified men talking on the phone. "'Wala dito si Jobert. Kung nandito si Jobert kanina pa tumumba iyan.'"
"Takot ako kasi alam kong maimpluwensiya 'yung lalaki. Alam niya 'yung galaw ko e. May pera e… Hindi ko alam kung ano, basta ang alam ko may perang involved," he added.
The threats, Austria shared, are connected to his relationship with his Canada-based girlfriend, who recently returned to the country for vacation.
"Magfa-five years na kami, kababata ko siya. Ang alam ko hiwalay na siya sa unang asawa niya. Taka rin ako kasi babae ka tapos nagpapaaral ka ng college, dalawa. Tapos may kotse ka, ang ganda ng bahay mo at kaya mo mag-cruise sa Europe," he shared.
"Nitong huling uwi niya, parang nalaman… sa Facebook pa nalaman… 'Sino 'tong Jobert sa Facebook?' Ginugulpi siya," he added.
Asked why he was staying in Hotel Sogo along Quezon Avenue when he allegedly attempted to jump off the hotel building, he explained that he was "suspiciously" banned from her girlfriend's condominium.
"Galing akong taping sa 'Banana Split.' Papuntang Europe siya (girlfriend) e. Pag-uwi ko, may ban ako sa condo. Sabi ko, bakit ako na-banned, hindi ako sinasabihan ng girlfriend ko?"
Austria said his girlfriend, who was at the airport at that time, called and told him she didn't ban him from the condominium.
"Hindi niya alam kung sino ang nag-ban per email niya ang ginamit," he added.
The comedian also clarified that he was not trying to end his life when he was seen on the edge of the hotel building that night.
He said he was trying to get attention because the men, who are allegedly after him, were waiting outside the hotel.
"Tumawag lang ako ng atensiyon kasi wala akong lalabasan doon e. Alam ko nasa lobby 'yung nmga naghihintay sa 'kin. Hinihintay lang ako sumakay sa sakyan tapos raratratin na ko."
Austria admitted that he was under the influence of alcohol that night and has not been eating for the past few days because of fear and depression.
"Lasing ako kagabi. Hindi rin ako kumakain dahil nga nagwo-worry ako. Nawalan ako ng isang show, tapos iniwan ako ng girlfriend ko, tapos pinalayas ako," he shared.
His "Banana Split" friends immediately rushed to the scene after Austria messaged them about the situation.
"Nag-message siya sa Viber group ng 'Banana Split.' Sabi, 'Tulungan niyo ko. Kailangan ko ng tulong niyo, mamamatay na yata ako," said Badjie Mortiz.
Mortiz and Austria has been working together in "Banana Split" for quite a while.
He said Austria once left the show, and when the comedian came back, he noticed several changes in his behavior.
"Dati wala akong nakikitang problema sa kanya. Masaya lang kami sa set. Pero noong bumalik siya, minsan very emotional pagkausap mo," he said, "Pinaka-issue lagi naming naririnig is 'yung away nga sa girlfriend. Kapag nag-aaway sila, talagang depressed siya,"
Meanwhile, Austria admitted that he once underwent rehabilitation for his drug use before. His friends are now planning to send Austria back to rehab after the incident.