Family of ailing Palito appeals for financial aid

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 07 2010 11:32 AM | Updated as of Apr 07 2010 07:45 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Seasoned comedian Palito, or Reynaldo Hipolito in real life, was rushed to a hospital on Tuesday after complaining of severe stomach pain.

According to Palito’s son, Jhune, when his father arrived at their home he was already in pain, prompting the family to bring him to Imus Family Hospital.

"Galing siya sa casino kasi doon siya nagta-trabaho. May combo doon, doon siya tumutugtog. Pagdating sa bahay halos hindi na makalakad at nanghihina na... kaya dinala na namin siya sa ospital," Jhune told “SNN: Showbiz News Ngayon.”

Palito’s family said the comedian still needs to undergo a CT scan.

Jhune sought the help of his father's celebrity friends, saying the family is in dire need of assistance to finance Palito’s hospitalization.

"Kinapos na kami sa pambibili ng mga gamot. Ang pino-problema na namin ay ‘yong bill sa hospital para malipat siya sa PGH (Philippine General Hospital) para ma-CT scan,” he said.

“Napa-ultrasound siya. Mayroong nakita na kakaiba sa atay niya. Hindi pa masyadong sigurado. kailangang ma-CT scan para makita ang the rest. Wala kaming ganoong [pera] para mailabas siya. Kagabi nga muntik na siyang bumigay. No choice kami. Nag-iyakan na lang kami kasi wala namang ibang tutulong sa amin kung hindi ang Kapisanan ng mga Artista," Jhune added.

Palito, 76, is best known for his comedy films "Ram-Buto" and "Jones Bone," which were spoof of hit Hollywood films "Rambo" and "James Bond." He was also part of hit sitcom "Home A-Long Da Riles," with Comedy King Dolphy.

"Sa lahat ng mga naging kasama ng aking ama, sana matulungan ninyo po kami. Salamat po," Jhune said.