JM de Guzman credits ABS-CBN for drug abuse recovery amid shutdown threat
Amid the shutdown threat against ABS-CBN, actor JM de Guzman expressed his gratitude to the media giant for helping him recover from drug addiction.
De Guzman, who has openly talked about his substance abuse problems in the past, said both ABS-CBN and the government gave him the chance to change from his old ways.
“I lost my sanity bec. of drugs. [ABS-CBN] gave me hope. The government helped me to change. chances,” he said on Instagram earlier today, Feb. 22. “[ABS-CBN] gave me a chance to start a new life.”
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I lost my sanity bec. of drugs. ABS CBN gave me hope. The government helped me to change. chances. abs cbn gave me a chance to start a new life.. now im here with the chance given to prove that we can all make bad choices, and..we can change. we can inspire sa paraan ng pag express. sa sining. we as artists try our very best to use our dark past to be better to tell stories and inspire others na andun pa sa kumunoy. and abs was there to help me to help others. # peace #unity lets be role models and fix this. #lahattayopinoy✊🏼
De Guzman’s message came with a short clip of him cut from an Aksyon news report about the actor’s intense shadowboxing video, and a number of diary-like Instagram posts he made in the past.
The actor also noted that like him, anyone can change and recover from bad choices in life.
“[Now I’m] here with the chance given to prove that we can all make bad choices, and.. we can change. [We] can inspire sa paraan ng pag express. sa sining. (We can inspire others through expressing ourselves via art),” De Guzman stressed.
“[We] as artists try our very best to use our dark past to be better to tell stories and inspire others na andun pa sa kumunoy (who are still stuck in the mud). [And ABS-CBN] was there to help me to help others,” he added.
The Kapamilya actor then called for peace and unity, saying, “Let’s be role models and fix this” and that “lahat tayo Pinoy (we are all Filipinos).”
De Guzman, who went into rehab twice, has since recovered from his substance-abuse problem. He graduated from the Self Enhancement for Life Foundation rehabilitation program in Talisay, Batangas, back in 2018 and currently stars in ABS-CBN’s “Pamilya Ko” as Francisco “Kuya Chico” Mabunga.
ABS-CBN, meanwhile, is currently under threat of being closed after Solicitor General Jose Calida filed a quo warranto petition in the Supreme Court, accusing the media company of “highly abusive practices” and allegedly violating the terms of its franchise. /ra
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