Sunday, February 27, 2011

Family clarifies reports; Paquito Diaz not dead

(Photo screengrab from Youtube)

There is no truth to reports that veteran character actor, Francisco “Kit” Bustillos Diaz, popularly known as Paquito Diaz, has passed away.
Social networking sites and Yahoo! PH search went abuzz after reports came out that Diaz already died.
But in a text message by the actor’s daughter, Joanna Diaz-Gallent to ANC’s Boyet Sison, which was later relayed to Yahoo! Southeast Asia, she said: “Not true. Where did you get that news?”
Sison also quoted Gallent as saying that questions about Diaz’s supposed death hounded their family for almost a month already.
ABS-CBN online earlier published a story about Diaz’s passing but later apologized for the mistake.
In a separate report by Bombo Radyo Legazpi correspondent Lorena Quising, Diaz’s family earlier confirmed that the iconic movie villain is still alive.
Diaz is confined at the Estevez Memorial Hospital in Legazpi City, Albay. Diaz is still recovering from complications brought by a stroke in 2004.
In the Bombo Radyo report posted in their website Sunday, doctors from the Estevez Memorial Hospital allegedly made a false declaration of the actor’s death.
The report also said that the hospital administration has already apologized to the Diaz family for what happened.
Meanwhile, Yahoo! Southeast Asia called Estevez Memorial Hospital to confirm the news but the operator said they are advised not to issue any comment about the issue.
In an interview with the Buzz aired August 2010, son Joko Diaz said his father went into a  coma for about two months.
Pacquito and his wife Nena Guiterrez-Diaz has since moved to Daraga Albay as the actor recuperates from complications of stroke.
“Naiiyak ako pag naalala ko pag kausap ko siya [Pacquito Diaz] ang dami niyang gusto mangyari eh. Gusto niya bumalik ng showbiz gusto niyang maging katulad ng dati. Yung palaging reklamo niya sa akin ‘ba’t yung mga kaibigan ko hindi na ako dinadalaw,’ Joko said then.
Diaz played antagonist in a lot of Pinoy films, including  those of Fernando Poe Jr.’s. He was also a basketball varsity player for the FEU Tamaraws during the 1960′s.
source: With reports from Thea Alberto By Glenda Villena – February 27th, 2011

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