BATANGAS - Aspiring senator Alma Moreno on Sunday said she is determined to run for public office despite being ridiculed over an interview with Karen Davila on ANC last week.
Touring Balayan, Batangas with Vice President Jejomar Binay, Moreno had been initially reluctant to answer questions from the media.
"Huwag muna ngayon. Darating ang araw na magpapa-interview ako. Hayaan na muna ang bashers," she said.
The sight of supporters at the town market, however, emboldened Moreno in reiterating her qualifications as a public servant.
"Ako po si Alma Moreno. May pinagdaraanan po. Siguro naman napanood nyo sa TV. Pero lumalaban pa rin. Hindi man ako ganoon kagaling magsalita, may puso naman ako sa tao," she declared.
Moreno's interview on ANC's "Headstart" last November 11, created a buzz on social media, with some netizens calling it "awkward" and "painful to watch."
In the interview, Davila asked Moreno if she supports the Reproductive Health (RH) Law.
Moreno said, "Oo naman."
"Yes in all forms or yes with reservations?" Davila then asked.
Moreno laughed before answering: "Yes with reservations."
"Then, what are your reservations?" Davila asked.
"Kailangan pa bang sagutin?" Moreno asked.
"Of course, you are running for the Senate." Davila replied.
Binay, for his part, said Davila is known for asking tough questions, while Moreno is "pro-poor."
"Kapag haharap kay Karen Davila, mag-rosaryo ka na ng 10 beses. But Alma is a great woman. She is pro-poor. Sec gen (Secretary General) siya. President din ng PCL ( Philippine Councilors League)," Binay said.
He earlier said whether Moreno gave the right or wrong answers to Davila is a matter that can be viewed subjectively.
"Alam mo, ang tama o mali sa pagsagot, subjective 'yun. Depende 'yun. Merong pupuna, merong lalait, may pupuri," he said.
"Kung ano ang pagkakakita namin sa simula hanggang kahapon, ganun pa rin si Alma Moreno."
Binay and Moreno were accompanied by United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) senatorial candidates Getulio Napeñas, Rey Langit and Atty. Allan Montano. The group has been making the rounds in Batangas since Friday.
In his visit to Balayan, Binay did not pass up the opportunity to criticize his rivals in the presidential race.
"Mayroong iba diyan na ilang taong nanirahan sa ibang bansa. O iyung parang paggising na lang isang araw, gusto ng maging presidente. Ako po, 'di ako umalis ng bansa kasi ipinagmamalaki kong ako ay Pilipino," he said.
At another turn, the Vice President commented: "May nakalaban ako noon na kalaban ko rin ngayon, na ang boto rito sa Balayan ay kakalahati lang ng sa akin. 'Yung iba diyan na nabigyan ng pagkakataong maglingkod, palpak naman."
Binay is taking on several rivals in the presidential race, including former DILG chief Mar Roxas, incumbent Senator and former MTRCB chairwoman Grace Poe and incumbent Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago. -- Report from Ernie Manio, ABS-CBN News Batangas