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6 Filipino Child Stars Who Have Been Arrested

The charges range from drug possession to attempted homicide.
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Being a child actor is no joke. The pressures of working in the entertainment industry and living in the spotlight at such a young age can be crippling—debilitating even. More often than not, growing up in such a stressful environment can lead to a troubled adult life.

Through the years, we've gotten to know the stories of former child stars in Hollywood who have gone on to have problems with the law as adults, such as Shia LaBeouf, Lindsay Lohan, and more. But, in the Philippines, a number of former Filipino child stars have also faced similar fates by getting in trouble with the law.

From charges of drug possession to attempted homicide, here are some Filipino child stars who have been arrested.

Jiro Manio

In 2020, the Magnifico actor was arrested for allegedly stabbing a man in Marikina. According to the initial police report, Manio attacked 25-year-old victim Zeus Doctolero for no apparent reason while the latter was walking to a friend's house. The altercation escalated into a fistfight, which led to Manio pulling a kitchen knife and stabbing the victim three times. Prior to his arrest, Manio went to rehab to treat his drug addiction.

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CJ Ramos

In 2018, the former Ang TV star was arrested in a drug buy-bust operation. The actor was caught with alleged pusher Louvella Gilen, and tested positive in a drug test. He later posted bail and was released, and went on to appear on Ang Probinsyano.

Berting Labra

If you're a millennial, chances are, Berting Labra is familiar to you as a comedy and drama veteran. In the '40s, however, he was a child star who was discovered and raised by Fernando Poe, Sr. after his father was murdered during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines i World War 2. In 1969, he was arrested for allegedly being part of a group that shot and killed businessman Renato Pangilinan.

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Baron Geisler

Baron Geisler, who has appeared on many movies and TV shows as a young kid, has been arrested for smoking on a plane, alleged violent behavior, grave threats and alarm, and possession of a bladed weapon. He has also been accused of alleged sexual harassment. In 2020, it was reported that he was arrested for assault in Cebu but it was later denied by police officers.

Billy Crawford

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The actor and musician who started his career as a series regular on That's Entertainment was arrested in 2014. According to reports, Crawford barged into a Bonifacio Global City police precinct and demanded to be detained. He allegedly injured a desk officer and damaged the property in the process. Crawford later apologized for his behavior and confirmed that he was under the influence of liquor.

Niño Muhlach

Dubbed the Child Wonder of the Philippines, Niño Muhlach still holds the title of highest-paid child actor in Philippine cinema. He starred in many blockbuster movies in the late 70s and throughout the 1980s, including Ang Tatay Kong Nanay with Dolphy, Darna and Ding with Vilma Santos, and Ang Leon at Ang Daga with Fernando Poe Jr. In 2007, he was charged with violation of Republic Act 9165, or the Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, and was arrested in Quezon City. He pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.

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