Edu Manzano. File Photo.
MANILA – Actor-host Edu Manzano came to the defense of his former wife, veteran actress and Batangas Governor Vilma Santos, who was criticized online over her spelling mistakes.
Speaking to entertainment site Pep, Manzano said he is certain Santos will be fine.
"She's old enough to take care of herself. Ito 'yung mga small bumps on the road. I'm sure she's been through worse," he said.
However, Manzano mused that because of social media, “we have a distorted truth of our freedom of speech."
"Kasi minsan, hindi naman 'yon ang ating punto, pero it's read as such. So, sometimes, again, people these days [are active in] social media, everybody has a voice now. It could be obscured, it could be misinterpreted,” he said.
This is the reason, Manzano said, he is very careful when posting on his own social media accounts.
"In my case, maingat na maingat ako kung saka-sakaling magpo-post ako sa IG (Instagram). I stopped my Facebook kasi hindi ko rin kayang sagutin lahat ng nagpo-post or nagre-reply. Sa IG naman, mas madali, pero I try to stay away from anything that can be misinterpreted," he said.
In a text message to ABS-CBN News' Mario Dumaual, the actress-politician said she would rather focus on her work.
Her statement read, unedited: "Am sooo fine mario .. Maliit na issue .. Napalaki lang !! Ok lang yan !! Honest mistake !! Hehe ! Tomorrow is another day !! :)) Trabaho lang ako at importante yun ...salamat !!"
Aquino, in her Instagram post, shared a photo of a dedication card attached to a box of ensaymada Santos gave her as a gift.
The card read: "Dearest Kris, Thank you sooo much for believing in me! I truely [sic] appreciate it friend... Life is short... Enjoy it - you are so bless [sic]... God is good. Smile :) - Ate Vi"
In a text message, which Aquino also posted on Instagram, Santos informed the TV host that she is "being bashed because of your instagram post."
"I guess marami pa akong dapat matutunan. I take all of these as constructive criticisms. Tao lang; nagkakamali. Sa mga bashers… Salamat po. Again, thanks for believing in me. Until next time," the message read.
The image also showed Aquino's response to Santos' text message. She said sorry for triggering the round of bashing, admitting she "didn't think about the wrong spelling because what mattered to me was your kindness and the thought behind the card."