MANILA, Philippines – Actress Marian Rivera found herself in another controversy that sparked after defending her presidential bet Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III from detractors who were questioning the Liberal Party standard-bearer's mental health.
In a television interview in an LP campaign sorty, Rivera declared that Aquino is psychologically fit to lead the nation. She said she knows this because “I’m a psychology.”
Her grammatically incorrect reply drew immediate reactions from the online community. Some poked fun at the actress, while others came to her defense.
In a message board, one ridiculed the actress by replacing her statement with, “I am the long lost daughter of Melanie Marquez.”
Marquez, a former beauty queen, has often been criticized for her lapses in grammar and syntax.
In another message board, one commented: “Hahaha! Funny! I prefer 'I'm psychology!' than 'I'm psycho!'”
Others, however, dismissed the controversy. In a fan site, Rivera’s supporters pointed out that the issue should not have been blown out of proportion.
A blogger wrote: “Pinakita na naman kasi sa programang ‘TV Patrol’ ang interview ni Marian na nagbigay sa kanya ng mga negatibong komento dahil sa pahayag niya na, ‘Isa po akong Psychology at nakikita ko na wala naman siyang (Noynoy Aquino) diperensya.’ Na sa totoo lang eh, di na dapat pinaguusapan. Ganyan na ba sila ka-desperado na pabagsakin si Marian?”
“Mga kapatid pabayaan na lang itong issue na PSYCHOLOGY dahil mas maraming nagkakamali pero hindi nila napapansin kasi hindi sikat at hindi phenomenal .Si MARIAN RIVERA DANTES ay isang SUPERSTAR kaya inggit lang sila,” another commented.
Rivera is dating actor Dingdong Dantes.
Meanwhile, Rivera defended herself from criticisms that she is campaigning for Aquino only to be with Dantes.
In an interview with ABS-CBN News, Rivera admitted that part of her decision to join the campaign sorties is also to be with Dantes, but she also believes in Aquino and his qualities as a leader.
"Ginagawa namin ang paraan ni Dong na magkasama kami. Si Dong, nagagawan niya ng paraan kaya sa mga pagkakataong pwede akong pumunta, pumupunta ako," she said.
"Todo suporta talaga kami kay Kuya Noy at isa lang dahilan 'yon kasi naniniwala talaga kami sa kanya," Rivera added.
Rivera also pointed out that they are doing it for free.
In a separate interview, Dantes said his main concern now is to encourage the young people to vote. "Malaki ang magiging difference if they really go out and participate and show their love for the country.”
When asked to comment on negative reports against Aquino, Dantes replied: "As long as alam mo pa rin ‘yong katotohanan, you can never put a good man down."