The Philippine entertainment industry has lost another actor.
Miko Palanca, who was well known for his roles in various TV series such as Tabing Ilog, Kay Tagal Kang Hinintay, and It Might Be You, has passed away.
Miko, the younger brother of actor Bernard Palanca, was 41 years old.
Citing the statement of the actor’s manager June Rufino, TV host Boy Abunda on Monday confirmed the sad news on his late-night talk show Tonight With Boy Abunda.
Boy also extended his condolences to the actor’s family.
“Mga kapamilya kami’y taos pusong nakikiramay po sa pamilya Revilla sa pagpanaw ni Miko Palanca,” the host said.
“Itong balitang ito ay nanggaling po sa kanyang manager, ang aking kaibigang June Rufino. Let’s continue to pray for the soul of Miko Palanca,” he added.
On Tuesday, Miko’s family also confirmed the news of the actor’s death.
“We are extremely saddened by the sudden passing of our beloved brother, Miko Palanca. The whole family is grateful for the incredible outpour of love and support that has been coming in today,” the family said in a statement.
“As of now, we would like to respectfully request for privacy as we go through this very difficult time. Again, we appreciate all the love and support – thank you so much,” they added.
The statement was issued by his mom Pita along with brother Bernard and his siblings.
However, they did not mention the cause of Miko’s death.
Initial reports said the actor allegedly committed suicide by jumping to his death from a mall in San Juan City.
Based on a police blotter, the incident happened on Sunday.
Although it was reported to be a suicide, no further details were given about the actor’s death.
Police said they are still investigating the incident.
Meanwhile, the Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP) has also expressed condolences to Miko’s family.
“The Film Academy Of The Philippines extends our sincerest sympathies to the family of Miko Palanca for his untimely passing,” the FAP posted on its Facebook page.
Miko comes from a family of artists.
His maternal grandfather, Armando Goyena, was also an actor and matinee idol during the 1950s.
Miko is also the grandson of businessman and philanthropist Carlos Palanca, Jr. of the prestigious Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature.
The actor’s mother, Pita Revilla-Palanca, also comes from the Revilla clan.