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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Jan 29, 2013

Former Singer-Broadcaster Riza Hontiveros Feels Sad About What'S Happening In The Senate Now

RIZA HONTIVEROS, former Akbayan rep, almost made it to the senate in the last election. She’s now running again under Pres. Noynoy’s Liberal Party. An award-winning broadcaster who was also once a theatre actress, she appeared with Lea Salonga in “The Sound of Music”. She also recorded an album of mass songs for the Jesuit Music Ministry and up to now, we use her recording of “Liwanag ng Aming Puso” in the retreats where we help out.

But we admire her the most in her fight against corruption, like in the impeachment of the former Supreme Court Justice. What can she say now that the senators who impeached Corona are acting like fools hurling personal attacks against each other? “Nakakalungkot,” she sighs. “Dapat talagang magkaroon ng audit ng Senate funds. That’s why I’m pushing for more transparency and accountability.”

We also admire her stand in supporting the RH Bill. Isn’t she afraid of the Catholic vote? “I’m a Catholic myself and I know maraming Katoliko ang pro-RH at gustong magplano ng kanilang pamilya and teach their kids about responsible parenthood. My late husband and I have four kids, but we spaced them. The eldest is now 20 and the youngest is 10.”

She’s been a widow for sometime now, doesn’t she plan to remarry? “I was very happy with my husband I don’t know if I’d marry again. But I’d really like grow old with someone.”
Why is she always carrying a signature shawl or alampay? “It started noong nasa congress ako. Sobrang lamig, so kumot ko ito. Andaming nagregalo sa’kin. I now use colorful hand-woven materials made by indigenous peoples to reflect my advocacy on the rights of women and the marginalized.”