He received a series of nominations for his performance in the film "Tanging Yaman" and scored the Young Critics Circle Award for Best Male Performance in 2000.
Former "Ang TV" star CJ Ramos made it to the headlines after eight years when he was arrested for the act of buying illegal drugs during a buy-bust operation in Tandang Sora, Quezon City, last July 31.
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In a tell-all interview with Korina Sanchez on "Rated K" yesterday, August 5, CJ, born as Cromwell John "Ceejay" Ramos, broke his silence on how and why he got himself involved in substance abuse.
"Pagdating ko ng high school, medyo tumatamlay na po 'yung karera ko nun. Alanganin 'yung edad ko ba," CJ related to Korina. "Alanganing bata, alanganing matanda. 'Di na ako pinapirma ng kontrata. Wala akong manager. Kaya napabayaan po."
He further added, "May mga naipundar naman po ako pero unti-unti rin pong nawala."
His P100 million savings intended for his education came to nothing after he was double-crossed by his loaner.
"Simula po nun, as in zero parang pinagtakluban po kami ng langit at lupa. Ang inuulam namin sa loob ng dalawang taon, isang sardinas, itlog at kanin. Naghahati po kami nun ng pamilya [ko]."
CJ, who was not used to the situation, started to feel depressed that eventually led him to taking drugs.
"First time ko po nakaramdam ng hirap na ganun, eh. Dahil nung bata pa po ako nagtatrabaho po ako eh. Hindi ganoon ang buhay ko. Doon na po nag-umpisa ang paggamit ko ng ilegal na droga."
His addiction eventually ended his job as an actor.
However, there was a point in his life where he decided to stop for the sake of his parents and his child, who he hasn't been talking to for a very long time now.
"Nakikita kong malungkot sila, dahil sa anak ko rin po. Sinubukan ko pong tumigil ng isang taon. Nakaya ko naman."
CJ started to redeem himself by studying and working abroad yet unfortunately, luck wasn't on his side.
"Dapat nga pupunta siya sa Macau, eh, hindi natuloy," shared his father in the same interview. "Naka-ready na siyang umalis. Nagpaalam na siya sa girlfriend niya. Eh, nagkaroon ng problema. Parang na-disappoint siya kaya ayon bumarkada na naman."
And when asked about his plans as soon as he gets his freedom back, with tears in his eyes, CJ said, "Kung ano pong ibigay sa akin ni God. Basta ang gusto ko lang maging malaya at tsaka 'yung maayos na buhay. 'Yung magandang buhay lang po, okay na 'yun. Hindi naman po ako naghahangad ng kung anuman. Makasama ko lang po 'yung pamilya ko, okay na."
CJ also admitted that he is not yet ready to father his child but in all sincerity, he's more than willing to start a drug-free life as soon as life permits him.
He is under the custody of Caloocan City Jail as of this writing.
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