'Terrified' Vhong makes tearful return on 'It's Showtime'

Posted at 03/08/2014 7:00 PM | Updated as of 03/09/2014 8:34 PM

MANILA - A tearful Vhong Navarro admitted he was terrified to return to the noontime program 'It's Showtime,' after a mauling incident last January 22 left him seriously injured.

Speaking on Saturday, the 37-year-old comedian explained to the 'madlang people' (common people) that he doesn't know if can revert back to his former cheerful self.

"Ang sarap pong pumasok kasi parang bahay po ito kasi pantay-pantay tayong lahat. Wala pong mayaman, wala pong mahirap, wala pong sikat, wala pong hindi," he said.

"Pero ngayon po at sa mga susunod pang araw, hindi ko po nararamdaman 'yun. Hindi ko po alam kung paano ako nakakatayo ngayon dito sa harapan ninyo. Natatakot po ako eh. Natatakot po ako sa lahat ng mga pinagdadaanan ko sa buhay ko. Hindi ko alam kung kaya kong maging 'yun dating makulit, dating masayahin pero susubukan ko po."

Navarro was mauled by a group led by businessman Cedric Lee and model Deniece Cornejo inside a condominium unit in Taguig after he allegedly raped Cornejo. He denied raping her and has since filed criminal complaints against those involved in the mauling.

The comedian then proceeded to thank his fans for their prayers and well-wishes, adding that their support played a huge part in his decision to return to the noontime program.

"Namiss ko po kayo lahat madalang people. Gustong gusto ko magpasalamat sa inyo ng personal dahil patuloy kayong sumusuporta sa akin, pinagtatanggol niyo ako, pinaniniwalaan niyo ako at pinagdadasal niyo ako," he said.

"Yun po ang dahilan kaya ako nanatiling matatag, 'yun din po ang dahilan kung bakit ako nakatayo sa harap ninyo ngayon at 'yun din po ang dahilan kaya gustong gusto ko na magtrabaho dahil yun po ako eh. Gustong gusto ko magpasaya ng tao."

He also thanked the heads of ABS-CBN, the National Bureau of Investigation, his legal counsel, and his friends in other networks.

He also thanked his doctor, saying in jest: "Hanggang ngayon, pango pa rin ako. Hindi daw po bagay sa akin ang matangos ang ilong. Salamat doc, walang pagbabago, balik sa dati."

Navarro is expected to make his full return to the noontime program on Monday. He only appeared for a few minutes towards the end of the show on Saturday.