WATCH: Alma cries while recalling social media trauma

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 13 2016 05:06 AM | Updated as of Oct 03 2016 09:51 AM

MANILA - An emotional Alma Moreno faced Boy Abunda in an exclusive interview on Thursday where she was asked about her election journey.

Moreno, 56, ran for senator and is currently ranked 24 with 2,363,271 votes in partial and unofficial results as of this writing.

The former actress said she had a traumatic experience on social media, where she was repeatedly mocked through the now suspended parody account on Twitter.

The account @LovelinessAlma surfaced after her controversial interview with broadcast journalist Karen Davila on ANC's "Headstart."

[ READ: Karen Davila's interview with Alma Moreno sets Twitter abuzz  ]

Moreno, an earlier interview with DZMM, lambasted the account that ridiculed her.

"Masyado naman ako pinaglalaruan. Masyado naman ako binabastos na. Masakit," she said. "Ano ba naman to? Talo na nga ako, ano pa nginingitngit nito? Bakit kailangan ako maliin nang maliin? Kung anu-ano pinaglalagay. Tama na!"

[ READ: Alma Moreno blasts parody Twitter account ]

In her interview with Abunda, Moreno said she does not mind criticism as long as they do not affect her children.

"Kung ako lang, kaya ko. Pero kapag naapektuhan na 'yong anak ko, lalo na si Wyn Wyn. Siguro may mga bagay na mahina ako, na dapat pag-aralan ko. Ingles? Inaamin ko hindi ako ganoon kagaling," she said.

"Pero huwag naman nila akong apakan ng sobra. Isipin naman nila ang mga anak ko."

Moreno said she has no hard feelings for Davila, who also drew flak from Moreno's supporters.

"Hindi ako nagalit kay Karen, nasaktan lang ako," she said.

She said, however, that from then on she started doubting her abilities when she is being invited to an interview.

"May gustong mag-interview sa akin, pero doon na ako natakot. Kasi baka 'yong sabihin ko mali nanaman e," she said. "First time ko mag-guest sa ganoon. Sanay ako sa showbiz, alam mo naman 'yon. Kaya sabi ko, 'sadali lang, sandali lang.'"

According to Moreno, she considered the controversial interview as a motivation to strive harder, learn more, and become stronger.

"Mas tumatag ako, pero 'yong ayaw mong ipakita sa mga anak mo na naapektuhan ka. Kailangan strong ka. So, heto Kuya boy, nakatayo pa rin ako," she said.

"Lagi kong dasal na sana kayanin ko lahat, na malagpasan ko 'yong pagsubok na 'to. Minamaliit ako na walang pinag-aralan pero hindi nila nakikita kung ano 'yong meron si Alma, 'yong tunay na Alma."

When asked if her loss in the senatorial race would mark the end of her political career, the former Parañaque City councilor said: "Wala akong iniisip ngayon o kung ano man. Pero ang nasa akin, nandiyan pa rin ako sumusuporta sa anak ko at tutulong pa rin ako sa abot ng aking makakaya."

She added that she is now considering a showbiz comeback if given a break.

"Kung may magandang offer, yes. Babalik ako dahil wala naman na akong trabahong iniintindi na kailangan kong asikasuhin," she said.

[ Alma Moreno: God has better plans for me ]