MANILA - ABS-CBN's Star Magic has dropped award winning young actor Jiro Manio from its roster of talents due to "unprofessional and irresponsible behavior."
Bong Osorio, head of ABS-CBN Corporate Communication, said in a press statement that Manio has also been pulled out from the production of the network's hit television series "Tayong Dalawa."
Osorio said that before being kicked out of the TV series' cast, Star Magic gave Manio a chance to make up for his absence and bring back his interest in the project.
He said Manio assured that he would return to his work and that he would recover from his “unprofessionalism,” but the young actor failed, the ABS-CBN executive said.
"Tinanggal na si Jiro Manio sa produksyon ng Tayong Dalawa, at hindi na rin siya iri-represent as 'talent' ng Star Magic. Narating ang desisyong ito matapos ang maraming pagkakataong ibinigay kay Jiro upang itama ang ilang maling gawi at bumalik ang kanyang interes na gampanan ang kanyang role sa nasabing teleserye," Osorio said.
The ABS-CBN executive said there's no doubt Manio is a very good actor and his absence would be a great loss for the television series. He said, however, that Manio should be punished for his mistakes.
"Mahusay na artista si Jiro at nakapanghihinayang ang kanyang pagkawala sa Tayong Dalawa pero kailangang bigyan ng tamang leksyon ang ganitong unprofessional at irresponsible behavior," Osorio said.
Manio, who turned 17 last month, is the most awarded actor among his contemporaries in the show business.
In 2004, he won two awards -- Gaward Urian best actor and Famas best child actor -- for the movie “Magnifico.”
Manio also convincingly played his roles in a number of indie films, including “Tambolista."
Recently, the young actor's name made headlines again, but in a very different light. Reports said he has gotten a teenage sweetheart pregnant.
The young actor denied the report.