Actor Jericho Rosales admitted to the media during a gathering for the #TrueWanderer Philippines adventure race organized by Wrangler that he used to be a drug user when he was a teenager.
He resorted to drugs to divert his attention from family problems and he was thankful that he was surrounded by ‘good friends’ who helped him to quit the habit.
In an article written by Marinel Cruz of the Philippine Daily Inquirer last June 3, Jericho said, “The battle with drugs usually starts when you’re a teenager; make an effort to surround yourself with the right people. Be strong; don’t be pressured to do something just because other people are doing it.”
He added, “I don’t want to sound preachy, but I want to tell kids that it isn’t cool to take drugs.”
Jericho also suggested that an effective alternative would be going to church.
“Churches are cool. Churches are not baduy,” he commented.
His revelation is timely with the incoming administration’s primary goal to get rid of illegal drugs in the country.
Jericho supports President-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s intention but he also stressed that he’s ‘not saying we should kill people’ but rather ‘tell Filipinos to be more responsible, and law enforcers to be stricter.’