MANILA, Philippines – Actress-politician Aiko Melendez chose to keep mum when asked if she is still uncomfortable with actress Ara Mina.
|Actress Aiko Melendez
Mina was once the girlfriend of Melendez’s former husband Jomari Yllana. Currently, Mina is the girlfriend of Bulacan, Bulacan Mayor Patrick Meneses, who also happened to be a former boyfriend of Melendez.
In a live interview with “The Buzz” on Sunday, Melendez said she would rather not talk about Mina “to keep the sanity of me being a woman.”
“Ang sarap sagutin ng tanong na [kung uncomfortable ba ako kay Ara] kasi I’ve been so quiet for a very long time. Pero I know when I say something, I know the consequences that will happen eh. I’d like to keep the sanity of me being a woman and just to remain being a good mother to my children. That’s why I’d rather not say na lang anything about that,” she said.
She said she will just let the people judge since what happened to them has been widely reported on media.
“Matatalino naman ang mga tao eh. Alam naman nila kung ano ang nangyari so I’ll just let them judge and let them say their piece, not me,” Melendez added.
Not able to stop her tears, Melendez, however, said she has a message for Mina and Meneses.
“Para kay Patrick and Ara, tama na kasi. May mga anak ako eh. Alam niyo 'yung pakiramdam na feeling mo pinagtutulungan ka eh wala naman akong ginagawang atraso eh. Tama na kasi gusto ko nang maging mabuting ina sa mga anak ko. Gusto ko nang magtrabaho dahil kailangan ko dahil single parent ako,” she said.
“Tama na. Kung puwede tayong magbabat-bati na, tama na, bati na. It doesn’t make me less of a person now if I say na tama na, tigilan na natin ito. It doesn’t make us better persons kung sino nanalo dito. Pareho kaming talo,” Melendez added.
Melendez broke up with Meneses in 2011.
In April that year, Meneses filed a libel case against Melendez before the Malolos Regional Trial Court in connection with the actress’s supposed remarks on Twitter about his sexuality.