MANILA — With an online presence that reaches millions, Janine Gutierrez has been among the most outspoken celebrities critical of the Duterte administration.
The actress and model, 30, notably joined an Independence Day protest action against the controversial anti-terror bill, which the President has since signed into law.
On Twitter, she has also criticized the government for its response to the coronavirus crisis, as well as the administration-backed shutdown of broadcast network ABS-CBN.
Gutierrez's mother, screen veteran Lotlot de Leon, said she is aware of her daughter's activism, explaining it is rooted from being informed and principled.
"It's very important that before you comment about anything, pag-aralan mo muna 'yun. I trust my daughter. She speaks because she knows what she's talking about, because she believes in something. Kasi may prinsipyo siya bilang Pilipino," de Leon said.
De Leon spoke on the topic Tuesday during a media conference for the iWant original series "Beauty Queens," due to premiere on July 14.
"Not everyone will agree with what we all have to say," de Leon said. "Merong mga iba na hindi aayon sa mga opinyon natin, meron namang iba na umaayon."
Gutierrez, like other celebrities seen as critical of the current administration, has become the target of mudslinging from loyal supporters of the president.
"Pero ang importante kasi, bilang Pilipino, 'yung karapatan na mag-obserba sa kung ano sa palagay mo ang tama o mali na nangyayari sa bansa natin. Puwede ka naman maghayag ng opinyon mo nang hindi bastos," de Leon said.
"I think she should just continue what she's doing, and be the principled woman that she is. I'm very proud of her for doing that."