MANILA -- Actress Marian Rivera threw her support for her idol, Batangas Governor Vilma Santos, amid the social media firestorm over her spelling mistakes, which were highlighted in Kris Aquino's Instagram post of her thank-you note to the TV host.
Rivera, who has been similarly criticized by netizens, also hit social media users for their unrelentless bashing of personalities, when she talked to reporters and bloggers at a FHM magazine reception over the weekend.
Rivera once again topped the magazine's top 100 sexiest poll.
"Ang laki ng respeto ko kay Ate Vi. Tinext ko siya at sinabi ko mahal ko siya at nandito lang ako," said Rivera, who did a cameo in the indie movie "Ekstra," which starred Santos.
The veteran actress also previously announced that she will be one of the sponsors should Rivera decide to marry actor Dingdong Dantes.
"Ang importante diyan, nagkakaintindihan kaming dalawa dahil alam niyang nasa likod niya ako.At mahal ko siya, 'yon ang importante," Rivera said. "Kaya niya 'yon!"
But the GMA 7 actress said she can empathize with Santos, given that she also has her share of bashers online.
"Alam ko ang pakiramdam na ganyan. Kahit sa akin nangyayari 'yan," she said.
"Matagal na akong immune. Hindi na big deal, 'yong mga taong nangba-bash. Ibig sabihin niyan malungkot ang buhay nila kasi wala silang nakikita sa kapwa nila kung hindi puro kapintasan.
"Kasi, kung masaya ka sa buhay mo, mas makikita mo ang kagandahan ng isang tao kaysa pintasan mo siya," Rivera said. -- Report from Mario Dumaual, ABS-CBN News