Veteran actor admits battling addiction

Posted at 01/14/2013 6:31 PM | Updated as of 01/15/2013 1:45 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Veteran film, TV and theater actor Soliman Cruz finally broke his silence after it was reported that he is suffering from schizophrenia due to his drug dependence.

Veteran actor Soliman Cruz breaks silence on "The Buzz"

In an exclusive interview with “The Buzz” that aired on Sunday, Soliman admitted that he is currently battling an addiction but is doing his best to right his wrongs.

“Mayroon akong sakit. Para sa akin kasi ang addiction ay isang sakit. Ang sakit ay nagagamot. Ito’y matagal na gamutan. May programa. Pero nagpapasalamat nga ako sa mga tao dito sa gallery kasi nagiging therapeutic community ang isang gallery,” he told "The Buzz" co-host Toni Gonzaga, his co-star in the 2009 movie "A Journey Home."

While he is open to undergoing treatment, Soliman expressed disappointment that the public had to know about his condition.

“Nag-aklas 'yung mga dila ng ilang mga kaibigan tungkol doon sa sinabi ng isang doktor [na mayroon daw akong schizophrenia]. Siya ay doktor, ginagalang ko ang kanyang propesyon. Para mabalanse ko ang kay Dr. Randy Dellosa at 'yung sa mga kaibigan na nag-aklas ang mga dila -- may punto din sila kasi may confidentiality ang doctor at patient. Sana [hindi niya sinabi sa media], sa akin na lang or sa nanay ko,” he said.

Soliman also shrugged off rumors that he is now homeless as he was often seen along Roxas Boulevard talking to himself.

“Bakit ba ako tinawag na palaboy? Dahil sa Facebook. Ako’y naglalakad doon [sa Roxas Boulevard], kinunan ako at ito’y pinost at nilagyan ng ‘Isang mahusay na aktor, palaboy-laboy na ngayon.’ Nandoon ako noon, kasi ang Kalye Art Gallery, 'yung curator dito, maaga matulog. Kung ako’y namamasyal or meron akong meeting or rehearsal, ako’y hindi na umuuwi dito, natutulog na lang ako sa seawall," he explained to Gonzaga.

“Para sa akin hindi naman palaboy iyon eh. Maraming natutulog doon, lalo na nung panahon ng Kapaskuhan. Oo, kinakausap ko sarili ko. Ito 'yung sanskrit na salita, yung hindi ka magbibigay sakit sa kahit anong mayroong buhay. Iyon ang aking sinasabi sa aking sarili,” he added.

While he admitted that he has been separated from his wife and kids for over two years now, the 49-year-old actor stressed he still has communication with his family.

“Mayroon pa. Nung nakaraang Bagong Taon, January 1, pumunta sila dito tapos kami ay namasyal. Kapag ako’y kumikita ngayon, nagpapaalam ako sa nanay nila. May mga apartel na mura na may cable. Doon lang kami maghapon, papa-deliver tapos doon lang kami,” he shared.

Despite this, Soliman said he will strive hard to get well for the sake of his children. He said he will continue to accept acting projects to help himself.

He also has a message for those whom he has worked with in the past.

“Huwag niyo na ako gawing bagahe, huwag kayo mag-alala kasi ayaw ko maging pasakit sa inyong isipan. Okay lang po ako. Maraming salamat na naalala niyo pa ako bilang katrabaho. Doon ako nagpapasalamat sa kanila,” he said.