'Forgive yourself': Cherry Pie Picache recalls conversation with mom's assailant

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Posted at Jul 05 2019 04:52 PM

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MANILA -- Award-winning actress Cherry Pie Picache recalled her conversation with her mother's assailant in an interview on ANC's "Headstart" on Friday.

Speaking with Karen Davila, Picache said she told Michael Flores to forgive himself and try his best to start over as she visited him in prison.

"The only thing that I told him is, 'Now that God has forgiven you, [and] I have forgiven you, the hardest thing is you have to forgive yourself,'" she said.

According to Picache, her message to Flores gave him hope. 

"Sabi niya (Flores), 'Now binigyan mo ako ng pag-asa.' Sabi niya, 'Kahit nandidito ako [sa kulungan], parang may pag-asa pa rin akong mabuhay. Parang I'm still looking forward to something.' Sabi niya, 'Baka mamaya makalaya pa ako and then I could do something good,'" she said.

Picache went on to share that after forgiving Flores, she would like to continue visiting him as part of her healing process. 

"Finally, it happened. Then I thought it was going to stop there, no. My work just started. Now, I have to continue going to him so that our healing and his reformation can continue... Communicating would bring healing for me and reformation and hope on his part," she said.

Picache's story about forgiving Flores, who was convicted in December 2015 with reclusion perpetua or imprisonment of up to 40 years, will be shown in the documentary "Radical Love." 

It will premiere on ABS-CBN's Sunday's Best on July 7 after "Gandang Gabi Vice."