MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Liberal Party’s vice-presidential bet Sen. Manuel “Mar” Roxas II has disclosed that he apologized to his wife, broadcast journalist Korina Sanchez, after her name was dragged into an alleged smear campaign against him.
Roxas, who remains the frontrunner in pre-election surveys of the VP race, made this admission when he attended a gathering organized by Regal Films matriarch Lily Monteverde, the lawmaker’s supporter.
According to Roxas, his detractors were using Sanchez, who was absent during the event, to tarnish his reputation. He said sorry to his wife because, if not for him, she would have been leading a quiet life, the senator added.
Two weeks ago, Sanchez’s former household worker called a press conference to accuse the “Rated K” host of using her influence to force the Makati City prosecutor’s office to drop the charges she filed against her 8 years ago.
It was in 2002 when Bernardita Inocencio came forward and claimed that Sanchez had abused her.
Reports said Sen. Loren Legarda, Roxas’s opponent in the vice presidential race, had financed Inocencio’s press conference.
However, this was earlier denied by the Nacionalista Party (NP) and Legarda. Legarda said people should not to link the event to politics.
She said people should not immediately presume that disclosures such as these are black propaganda.