HEART Evangelista respected Sunday the decision of her mother, Cecile Ongpauco, to support the presidential bid of Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago in the 2016 polls.
Ongpauco articulated on October 26 her support to the seasoned female politician even if her son-in-law, Senator Francis Escudero, is running as vice president to Senator Grace Poe.
“Ang tagal na naming friends ni Tita Miriam and she’s like a mom to me. She’s my mom’s mentor. We knew about it, we talked about it and it was perfectly fine for all of us if she [Ongpauco] will go because she’s a friend of my mom,” she said at the launch of her beauty book, “This Is Me, Love Marie,” at National Bookstore in Glorietta, Makati City.
Evangelista's real name is Love Marie Ongpauco.
Evangelista added that Santiago will remain a close family friend and her mother’s decision will not create any conflict with Escudero.
"Ang pulitika naman talagang dapat labas naman ang pamilya at friendship. Madaming nag-aaway na pamilya dahil sa pulitika and hindi kami ganun. We’re very, very confident that my family is very strong after what we’ve been through. Something like that should bother us. It’s not a problem and we’re all entitled to who we want," she said.
She also disclosed her mother had informed them about her decision prior to Santiago's meet and greet event in Quezon City.
Asked what was the initial reaction of Escudero, whom she met through Santiago, the actress said he was very understanding of the matter.
"Okay naman. And I spoke to Tita Miriam as well. She said it’s okay is she does not want to go. Tita Miriam said that it is right to stand by your husband and, 'I respect that and we’ll always be friends,’ sabi niya. Friends don’t forget each other. So walang problema," Evangelista said.
Evangelista also clarified she will not lay low from show business even if she will be busy campaigning for her husband's candidacy.
She said they respect each other’s job and she has a mind of her own.
"We want to be different. Hindi kami yung traditional na kung saan yung asawa mo eh kailangan andoon ka. Artista ako and if I feel that it is the right thing to do, but I’m his wife. So kung may mga sorties siya na hindi mapuntahan, ako ang pupunta," she said.
"We both respect each other’s work and we are both productive. Hindi ako mag lay low. I think mas gusto ko pa nag mag work kasi busy din siya kaya gagawan na din ako ng pwedeng ka-busy-an.”
She also does not want to expect anything now that Escudero is leading in surveys.
The actress said her marriage to Escudero even came as a surprise to her, thus she does not want to jump to any conclusion.
“I wasn’t really ready to get married to a politician. I didn’t see that one coming. I don’t know if I should prepare myself. I think the best way is to stay natural. Ayoko unahan ang sarili ko. Kung ano man ang mangyari, gagawin ko lang dapat kong gawin. But as of now, ayoko maging feeling," Evangelista said.
The actress meanwhile was cool to the idea of having a baby next year in light of the election season.
"Basta binibigyan ko ang sarili ko ng a year and something pa rin. We’ll see. There are a lot of things to do. If I’ll have my baby, I want to be there 100 percent and without distraction. I’m a planner and I want to plan things. Gusto ko maayos muna lang lahat bago ko siya dalhin sa mundong ito,” she said. (Sunnex)