Dionisia Pacquiao (center, in white gown with green details) attends the fifth State of the Nation Address of President Benigno Aquino III at the Batasan Pambansa on July 28. Photo by Jonathan Cellona for ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA - (UPDATED) Dionisia Pacquiao has a boyfriend.
This was the revelation of her son, Filipino boxing icon and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao, in an interview on "Tapatan ni Tunying" to be aired on Thursday.
However, Pacquiao explained why his mother, who is endearingly called in showbiz as "Mommy D," should not be allowed to have a relationship.
"Si Mama at saka si Papa, hindi sila kasal. Si Mama at saka 'yung unang asawa, kasal sila," he said, noting that Mommy D's first husband is still alive.
Mommy D has four children with Rosalio Pacquiao, her partner of 20 years before they separated -- Isidra, Manny, Bobby and Rogelio. She has two older children from her previous marriage.
As an Evangelical Christian, Pacquiao said he has reminded his mother why she should not have a new partner.
"Mommy ko, tinanong ko siya -- sundin mo ang gusto ng katawan mo, ang desire ng flesh, or sundin mo ang gusto ng Panginoon?" the boxer said.
However, in a separate interview with ABS-CBN News, Mommy D denied that she has a boyfriend, but said it is "natural" for her to have many suitors.
She sang a similar tune in May, when revealed that she has her share of admirers. "Marami namang nanliligaw sa akin! Pero pag-isipan ko pa 'to!" she said at the time.
During her birthday celebration in the same month -- Mommy D is now 65 years old -- one of her sons, Rogelio, even wished her a "happy love life."