Actor John Prats mulls charges vs fellow TV talent after assault


JOHN Prats

MANILA, Philippines — Actor John Prats is planning to file charges of physical injuries against fellow ABS-CBN talent Jason Francisco, who assaulted him during rehearsals for the comedy-gag show “Banana Split” Thursday afternoon at the Music Museum in Greenhills, San Juan City.

“I was watching the rehearsals when out of nowhere, I felt something hit my face from behind. And then I was punched two more times. When I got up, I saw that it was him (Francisco). I wanted to fight back but there were already people restraining me,” Prats told “Saksi” Thursday night.

Prats, who was suffering from a swollen left cheek, immediately reported the incident at the San Juan Police Station.

As for the assailant’s motives, Prats could only presume that Francisco, who used to be a part of “Banana Split,” blew his top because of all the teasing his former girlfriend Melai Cantiveros gets from the rest of the show’s cast.

“Teasing among friends is normal. I get called small or a dwarf — it’s comedy. It shouldn’t be an issue,” he said.

Meanwhile, that same night on “Bandila,” a remorseful Francisco appeared on air asking for Prats’ forgiveness. “I apologize for what I did. I hope you and your family can forgive me,” he said.

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  • hustlergalore

    kasi naman ano ba yung tinukso ni john prats kay melai?
    at hindi naman sinasabi ni john prats sa mga interview.

    kung tutuksuhin, mo yung girl niya. aba, nakakalalake yun!


  • asfuentes02

    Comedy or hindi, never tease the woman he loves the most because it can kill you. Respect is the most important lesson here but sad to say that most of our artist now a days are drop outs, no degree or uneducated. Ginagamit na lang nila ang itsura para maka pera pero sa ilalim nang ulo wala palang laman.

  • troyg318

    nobody should condone violence, a mere apology is not enough he should learned his lessons well.

  • Kareen Grace L.

    so much love for Melai..poor Jayson.

  • speedstream2

    A single blow to the face delivered from behind the aggrieved party can probably be assuaged by an apology, but three blows? A well-deserved lesson in anger management may probably be in order for the aggressor.

  • boybakal

    File a case in court.
    What happened is not a script anymore. Real.
    That man whoever he is must suffer the consequences of his act.
    One punch might be a joke but three is a killer.

  • maysayako

    “I felt something hit my face from behind” ha?!?!? nasa likod ba niya ang face niya?!?!? parang mali ata ang pagkakasabi…

    • Iggy Ramirez

      Tagalugin natin:

      May naramdaman akong tumama/sumuntok sa mukha ko galing sa likod.

      The human face covers about 180 degrees of the person’s head, with the nose serving as the centerline. Therefore angles in excess of 180 degrees are considered “behind”. So, technically, tama pa rin yung sinabi niya even if he was hit at an angle of 91 degrees.

      • maysayako

        cge nga subukan mo ngang suntukin ang mukha ng isang tao na nakatalikod sa iyo… mas tama kung sinabi niyang – hit my HEAD from behind, or hit my face from the SIDE..

  • Iggy Ramirez

    “Art. 263. Serious physical injuries. — Any person who shall wound, beat, or assault another, shall be guilty of the crime of serious physical injuries and shall suffer:

    1. The penalty of prision mayor, if in consequence of the physical injuries inflicted, the injured person shall become insane, imbecile, impotent, or blind;

    2. The penalty of prision correccional in its medium and maximum periods, if in consequence of the physical injuries inflicted, the person injured shall have lost the use of speech or the power to hear or to smell, or shall have lost an eye, a hand, a foot, an arm, or a leg or shall have lost the use of any such member, or shall have become incapacitated for the work in which he was therefor habitually engaged;”

    According to the preceding articles, Jason may suffer the penalty of prision correccional (6 months to 6 years imprisonment) if the physical injuries he has inflicted upon John Prats shall have made him incapacitated for work in which he was therefore habitually engaged. It does not say whether for a short duration of time or permanently incapacitated.


    The penalty of arresto mayor in its maximum period to prision correccional in its minimum period, if the physical injuries inflicted shall have caused the illness or incapacity for labor of the injured person for more than thirty days.


    Art. 265. Less serious physical injuries. — Any person who shall inflict upon another physical injuries not described in the preceding articles, but which shall incapacitate the offended party for labor for ten days or more, or shall require medical assistance for the same period, shall be guilty of less serious physical injuries and shall suffer the penalty of arresto mayor (1 month to 6 months imprisonment)

    It is true that this offense is bailable for P200 (are you fúcking kidding me?) but it does not mean that he can get away with it or he is off the hook. While he is out and about, courtesy of his insanely affordable bail, evidence can be gathered until the day of his arraignment. In which case, if he is found guilty, he will still go to prison.

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