Kuya Jobert Attempts to Jump-Off Building
Ringo | On 18, Aug 2014
Comedian and a cast of ABS-CBN show “Banana Nite” tried to jump off a hotel building in Quezon City on Saturday afternoon.
Jobert Austria or popularly known as Kuya Jobert was seen atop of Sogo Hotel in Quezon City at about 1:00 p.m. He was then persuaded not to jump and was let to take a rest inside the hotel and was later brought to Kamuning Police Station and asked to talk to his family member and “Banana Split” director Bobot Mortiz.
In an interview with ABS-CBN’s “The Buzz” that was aired on Monday, Austria said an influential man is sending him threats and it is happening for quite some time now.
“May tumawag pero hindi sumasagot… Naririnig mo eh, pero naka-ganun lang ‘yung telepono. ‘Nasa Cainta raw si Jobert,'” he said recalling that men are heard talking in the background. “Wala dito si Jobert. Kung nandito si Jobert kanina pa tumumba iyan.”
Noting that the man knew information about him, Kuya Jobert admitted that he is scared.
“Takot ako kasi alam kong maimpluwensiya yung lalaki,” Austria said. “Alam niya ‘yung galaw ko e. May pera e… Hindi ko alam kung ano, basta ang alam ko may perang involved.”
Threats Related to Lovelife
Austria admitted that the threats are related to his current relationship with a Canada-base woman who is her in the Philippines for vacation.
“Magfa-five years na kami, kababata ko siya. Ang alam ko hiwalay 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 mong magcruise sa Europe,” he said. “Nitong huling uwi niya, parang nalaman… Sa Facebook pa nalaman… ‘Sino ‘tong Jobert sa Facebook?’ Ginugulpi siya.”
It is still unclear why Jobert is staying in the said hotel. But, the man clarified that he was not trying to end his life. He is just trying to get attention as the men who are sending him threats were allegedly waiting in the hotel’s lobby.
“Tumawag lang ako ng atensiyon kasi wala akong labasan doon eh. Alam ko nasa lobby ‘yung mga naghihintay sa ‘kin. Hinihintay lang ako sumakay sa sasakyan tapos raratratin na ako.”
Austria also admitted that the night before the incident he was drunk. He is not also eating for the past few days due to fear and depression.
“Lasing ako kagabi. Hindi rin ako kumakain dahil nagwoworry ako,” Jobert said. “Nawalan ako ng isang show, tapos iniwan ako ng girlfriend ko, tapos pinalayas ako.”
Changes in Behavior
Badjie Mortiz, one of Austria’s co-star rushed to the incident after he received a Viber message from his friend.
“Nag-message siya sa Viber group ng ‘Banana Split.’ Sabi, ‘Tulungan niyo ako. Kailangan ko ng tulong niyo, mamamatay na yata ako,” said Mortiz.
Mortiz, who had been a workmate with Austria for quite some time, noted that Austria left the show for a period. But, when he came back his behavior. He used to become emotional and will always put up the issue about his girlfriend.