Actor Vhong Navarro granted Korina Sanchez his first one-on-one interview after being discharged from the hospital this afternoon. The actor described his experience as harrowing as he still can’t sleep well, nor does he feel comfortable being left alone in a room.
“’Yung mga una, pangalawa, pangatlong gabi kelangan ko pong humingi ng pampatulog kasi kahit sobrang pagod o puyat ‘di po ako makatulog. Tapos after po the operation, ito po yung unang mulat ko, tinatawag ko po yung doctor ko kasi po feeling ko mag-isa ako doon sa operating room tapos po baka lumitaw sila. ‘Yun po yung trauma ko,” Vhong related to Korina.
He said that his spirit has been uplifted by the support of the people who were outside St. Luke’s Hospital.
“Paglabas ko pa lang po ng St. Luke’s nakikita ko na yung mga tao na naggu-good luck, sinasabi nila na kasama mo kami sa laban. Hindi po ako makapaniwala na may ganun pala, sa ospital pa lang nararamdaman mo na yung pagmamahal nila at paniniwala nila, naniniwala po sila sa akin. Para pong isang panaginip, isang pelikula ‘tong nangyari sa ‘kin, na magkakatotoo. Sa sobrang takot po, yung mga nangyayari ngayon sa kin, kelangan ko po harapin yung takot, para may justice na mangyari po. Dahil alam ko kung di ko gagawin ‘to, kung hindi po ako magsasalita, pwede pong maulit, pwede nila ulitin,” he admitted.
Vhong added that he felt like he was going to die that night. “Kala ko po katapusan ko na. Kala ko po mawawala na ako.”
He told Korina that he had no time to pray as he felt his first instinct was to survive what was happening to him that very moment. “Mas gusto ko po na maging klaro yung utak ko sa lahat. Honestly di ko po nakuhang makapagdasal that time, kasi parang pinapalakas pa ni Lord yung damdamin ko. Magfocus ka, magfocus ka, kelangan may makwento ako. Kasi sabi po sa kin ng mga doctor, sa mga tama ko po pwede ako himatayin, sa mga tama ko pwede akong mabulag. So sa akin kelangan magfocus ako. Sobra. Kasi gusto ko po matapos na po iyon.”
Vhong also related to the TV Patrol anchor, how he was paralyzed by fear at first and had even no intention to seek medical help. It was his manager, director Chito Rono and his friends who gave him the strength to go to the media and police to divulge what really happened to him on the night of January 22.