MANILA - Senate hopeful Erin Tañada said he still considers Senator Risa Hontiveros an inspiration even after their relationship failed.
Tañada, who was one of the guests on "Ikaw Na Ba? The DZMM Senatorial Candidates' Interview" Tuesday, revealed that Hontiveros was his first girlfriend.
"First girlfriend. Ako din ang first boyfriend niya," Tañada said.
He also disclosed that their relationship didn't work out because of differences in their political views.
"Sabihin natin eh sa pananaw ng pakikibaka," Tañada said.
When asked what word comes to mind when he hears Hontiveros' name, Tañada simply said: "Inspiration."
Hontiveros, a leader of Akbayan Party, is serving her first term as senator after winning for the first time in the 2010 senatorial elections.
Tañada, one of the candidates of the Liberal Party, also said former President Benigno Aquino III is a "friend," his grandfather former Senator Lorenzo Tañada Sr. an "idol," and former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno as "may paninindigan."