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Jiro Manio Was Arrested for Frustrated Homicide. Here’s Everything We Know About It

Police nab child prodigy Jiro Manio in Marikina.
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Child prodigy Jiro Manio Katkura, more commonly known by his stage name Jiro Manio, was recently arrested for charges of frustrated homicide. The 27-year-old former child star was arrested on January 17 for allegedly stabbing a man multiple times.

According to the initial police report, Manio attacked the 25-year-old victim Zeus Doctolero for no apparent reason while the latter was walking to a friend’s house. This escalated into a fistfight, which led to Manio pulling a kitchen knife and stabbing the victim three times.

How the Incident Started

When Pep.ph talked to desk officer Rosemarie Salupado of the Marikina City Police, Salupado revealed that the incident started at a neighborhood eatery.

According to Salupado, the eatery’s owner, Evelyn Vinopsa, came to the police headquarters and filed a blotter against the child actor because of allegedly causing damage to property when he accosted Doctolero inside the establishment.

According to Vinopsa’s report, a fight broke out inside the eatery resulting in damages to her property. The fight then led to the street, which ended with Manio allegedly stabbing Doctolero.

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Doctolero was brought to the Amang Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center in Marikina. According to the doctors, the victim sustained injuries on his upper back and head.

However, as reported by Rappler, a post by a certain Genevieve Galvez is circulating on social media, claiming it was Doctolero who attacked Manio first by hitting the actor with a helmet for allegedly staring at him. 

How was Jiro Manio before his arrest?

It can be remembered that in 2004, then 13-year-old Manio became the youngest actor in Philippine history to be awarded best actor at the FAMAS and Gawad Urian for his role in Magnifico. In the movie, he portrayed a poor street kid who wanted to spare the family of the costs of burying his very much healthy grandmother (played by Gloria Romero) when she dies, so he builds her a coffin. He also starred alongside Ai-Ai delas Alas in Ang Tanging Ina, for which he was also critically praised.

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Two years later in 2006, at the age of 15, he fathered his first child. Manio now has two daughters. 

Manio’s last film was Ang Tanging Ina: Last na ’To (2010), the third installment of the Tanging Ina franchise with Delas Alas. Since then, things spiraled for the child actor. In 2011, he was admitted to rehab for drug abuse. He stayed there for almost a year.

In 2015, he made headlines when he was reported missing from his home in Cainta for days. He emerged in NAIA, where he was seen by people wandering around scavenging for food. Manio was eventually taken in by his brother.

In 2016, Manio returned to rehab, this time, not for substance abuse but chronic illness, according to a report by Pep.ph.

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