MANILA - Despite the controversy they're now embroiled in, Maja Salvador and Kim Chiu remain professional as co-stars in the drama series "Ina, Kapatid, Anak.
|Maja Salvador and Kim Chiu. Photo by Nimfa Chua for ABS-CBNnews.com
Janice de Belen, who co-stars with both actresses in the primetime soap, praised Salvador and Chiu for setting aside their alleged rift while on the set of the series.
"I have to give it to both of them. Because whatever is going on, sa dami ng mga nangyayari, nasasabi, they are both consummate professionals.
"That alone is admirable, kasi mahirap gawin 'yun na may mga damdamin kayo," de Belen said on Saturday during a live telecast of the entertainment talk show "Showbiz Inside Report," which she co-hosts.
The 44-year-old actress was prompted to weigh in on the issue, having formed close relationships with the personalities involved in the controversy.
De Belen portrays the adoptive mom of Salvador's character, and the biological mom of Chiu's character in "Ina, Kapatid, Anak."
She also played the adoptive mother of the title character in the defunct drama series "Budoy", which was portrayed by Gerald Anderson.
Anderson, whose relationship with Chiu ended in 2010, is now being romantically linked to Salvador.
Following reports of a blooming "relationship" between the two Kapamilya stars, supposedly on the basis of circulating photos showing Salvador and Anderson together, Chiu expressed regret over her "wasted" friendship with the actress.
Salvador, known to be the best friend of Chiu, has chosen to keep mum on her alleged romantic relationship with Anderson. She said, however, that Chiu knows "what's been happening."
"As far as I'm concerned, ito lang 'yun eh," de Belen said. "They're all adults, they're all consenting adults."
"Alam na siguro nila at this time, na whatever they do, may consequences 'yan. Mali or tama, whatever choices they make is their own decision, and I'm sure ready sila na harapin kung anuman 'yung darating," she said.
At this time, de Belen said there may still be "pain on both sides." However, the actress is confident that Salvador and Chiu will eventually reconcile.
"Wala talagang pwedeng magsabi kung tama sila o mali sila, kasi ang kalaban mo diyan damdamin eh, and all emotions are valid... Pero at some point, magiging maayos din 'yan," she said.
Anderson is expected to air his side on the controversy in a one-on-one interview with "The Buzz" host Boy Abunda. The full interview will be aired on the entertainment talk show on Sunday.