MANILA – Actress Heart Evangelista stood firm in fighting for her relationship with Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero, saying she has no plans of cooling off with the senator despite her parents’ appeal.
In an interview with ABS-CBN News on Saturday night, Evangelista said she is just hoping that her parents can also be happy for her.
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“It’s not going to happen. Chiz and I are very happy and I hope that, maybe not now but eventually, they can also be happy for me. They are my parents and I love them very, very much. Masakit talaga ang mga nangyayari,” she said.
Evangelista said she continues to love her parents dearly despite their bitter opposition to Escudero.
“I think the best is to really just pray now. The only thing that I can do is to pray. That’s the first step. I really hope that my dad is okay. Nobody wants anything to happen to their parents. That’s why I think it’s better to pray na lang at this point kasi magulo pa ang lahat,” he said.
Evangelista has yet to visit her father, whose health has reportedly deteriorated following his revelations against Escudero in a media conference last week.
According to Evangelista, she feels devastated that things have turned out this way.
“I really pray that everything will just settle and everybody is... we’re all hurt now. This isn’t really doing any good to anybody. I really pray and I pray very hard na sana this all just finishes,” she said.
While saying that she has no plans to end her controversial relationship, the 28-year old actress said she is really at a loss on what she’s going to do next.
“I think I’ll just have to figure myself out now because nahihirapan na talaga ako sa sitwasyon. Hindi ko na talaga alam ang gagawin ko. I just want to be happy. If it’s the right kind of happiness, I wish everybody can be happy for me,” she said.
Evangelista said she is grateful that Escudero remains by her side throughout this ordeal.
“I appreciate that he’s there kasi siyempre with everything that’s been said about him, he is still very calm and cool and doesn’t pressure me more to do anything or to say anything. I’m very lucky to have someone like him by my side,” she said.
Asked where she is drawing strength to get through this difficult time, Evangelista said: “I don’t know. Of course I have a lot of good people behind me, my sister. I have these people. But kahit sino siguro ang katabi mo, kung ganitong klaseng problema, it’s only you that can make yourself feel better. And, of course, God. Time talaga siguro kasi hindi ko na alam.”
Escudero, meanwhile, said he will try to follow Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago's advice for him to make an extra effort to woo Evangelista’s parents.
“Wala naman may gusto nito. This too shall come to pass. Sino ba namang may gusto nito? Nagsalita na ako minsan, tama na iyon,” Escudero said.
He also hopes that the Holy Week will be a time for reflection and reconciliation for all the parties.
“Minsan may mga mahahalagang bagay kaysa pulitika lang. Kung iyong iba agahan, tanghalian, hapunan iyon, ako hindi. Magandang panahon nga ang Holy Week para doon,” he said. – with a report from Mario Dumaual, ABS-CBN News