Jericho Aguas expressed his feelings over the death of ex-wife and mother of his 14-year-old son, Isabel Granada. Despite the outpouring of grief and mourning towards Isabel, there are still issues regarding his participation to the wake and funeral of the late actress.
Philippine Entertainment Portal (PEP) had a chance to talk to him during the wake of Isabel at Santuario de San Jose, East Greenhills, San Juan City on Nov. 10. Jericho uttered feeling mixed emotions and receiving different reactions because of his presence in the wake.
“Number one, yung emotion na nararamdaman kay Isabel, parang naulit po yung unang sakit na naramdaman namin nung unang nawala sa amin si Isabel. Ngayon, ang mahirap naman na sitwasyon is dealing with this funeral or wake with, of course, Isabel’s partner. Marami pong nagiging ano… samu’t saring mga reaksiyon.”
Arnel Cowley is known as the present husband and partner of the late celebrity. Jericho admitted receiving both positive and negative comments and reactions from other people. He was advised by his friends to just breathe whenever he had to deal with the issue.
“Noong gabi, yung palapit na po itong gabi na ‘to, actually, sinabi ko, nagdarasal ako.Kasi, yung ibang mga kaibigan ko, sinasabi, huminga lang kung sakaling magre-react. Nagkakaroon na ng konting reaksiyon. Of course, mahal namin si Isabel. Kasama ko ang aking anak. At gayundin sa kanila.”
His 14-year-old son with Isabel, Hubert Aguas took their family pictures at the funeral and put it on display. However, they were asked to remove the photos so it won’t trigger any issue. Jerico clarified that it was not Cowley who asked them to do so.
“For example, mga litrato na lamang… Kasi po, ang aking anak ay nagdala po ng mga pictures, dinisplay po niya. Pero para wala raw pong isyu, pinatanggal. Well, there are people that are here na gumigitna po sa amin.”
“Actually, nakiusap po kami na merong mga bagay, hindi po natin nakikita. Ako po kasi, I’m very open-minded. Ayoko po ng may mao-offend. Kaya minsan, nakaupo na lang ako sa gilid. Tatawagin na lang ako ng aking mga kamag-anak, of course, si Hubert. ‘Halika rito, humarap ka sa mga tao.’ ‘Ayoko po. Iniintindi ko po yung… si Arnel.’ Mga ganun po, yung mga isyu.”
Although it could be unthinkable for some, having both the current husband and ex-husband in the same place at the same time mourning for the same woman whom they love. Still, Jericho and Cowley are both in good terms.
“Pero before all these started, I approached Arnel. Para wala pong friction. Kinausap ko po siya, ‘Meron bang problema? Meron bang problema na nandito ako?’ ‘Wala naman, wala namang isyu.’”
The Angeles City Councilor, Jericho is still considered as the legal husband as he shares a son with the departed actress.
“Alam mo kasi, sabi ko, nandito ako para sa aking anak. Bilang dating asawa ni Isabel. Actually, hindi naman dating asawa… you know that I’m the legal husband. Pero hindi ko po kinukuha sa kanya yun.”
He also claimed that the moment he found out about Isabel’s tragic situation in Doha Qatar, he immediately worked on things to get Hubert and his ex-mother-in-law Isabel “Mommy Guapa” Villarama to the country.
“Siyempre, magkasama kayo ng fourteen years. Again, I’m just here, first, for the love of Isabel, and nandito ako to welcome everybody without… wala po sana akong natatapakang sapatos.”
Jericho admitted that there is no tension between him and Cowley. In fact, they were both beside Isabel until the bitter end.
“Alam niyo, noong nasa Qatar, very okay kami. Alam niyo, ako pa ang nagtatanggol sa kanya kay Mama. Sabi ko, ‘Ma, kawawa rin si Arnel.’ Kinuwento ko yung pinagdaanan nila. Nagpunta siya rito sa Pilipinas, kinalimutan niya ang buhay niya sa Australia. ‘Kawawa rin siya, Ma.’ Unfortunately, noong maging ganito ang situation, nag-iba. Nag-iba po.”
Despite the negative comments and pressure to him, Jericho assured that he and his son will still participate until Isabel’s cremation. As much as possible, he’d like to ignore such comments and focus on grieving over the untimely death of his ex-wife.
“Ay, oo naman. Oo naman,” mabilis niyang sagot. Alam niyo, masakit pala. Yung mga tao, dati mong kilala, yayakapin yung isa [Arnel]. Nakikita mo yun. Masakit po yun. Yun po ang isang bahagi na masakit na pagkakataon sa amin. Sobrang masakit. Yun po ang halu-halong emosyon. Hindi lang isang emosyon. Doble, triple, masakit na masakit.”
When asked if he has regrets and realizations after Isabel died, he admitted contacting his spiritual mentors to confirm his feelings.
“Meron po. Tinext ko na nga po ang mga spiritual mentors ko dahil tinatanong ko, bakit ngayon parang merong pagsisisi. Kasi noon, nakita ko, e. Talagang ginawa ko talaga ang lahat. Ngayon, parang sayang. May panghihinayang. Of course, hindi ko naman po itatago na merong ganun. Sa mga effort na ginawa ko at lahat ng ginawa ko, ako ang may kasalanan.”
As of now, the bereaved family is still mourning over the loss of their loved one.
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