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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.

Apr 28, 2013

Mother Lily Sides With Gretchen Barretto

MOTHER LILY MONTEVERDE, who just got the Lino Brocka Lifetime Achievement Award from the Golden Screen Awards last Saturday night, hosted a presscon to support Sen. Loren Legarda. Loren was late as she’s coming straight from Cebu. While waiting for her, writers asked Mother Lily about the raging issues in showbiz today: Marian Rivera leaving her manager and the Baretto Family brouhaha. She said she doesn’t the allegation that Marian left Popoy due to money problems.

“I know Popoy,” she says. “He’s a good person. He can be trusted. May naka-influence lang siguro kay Marian. About Gretchen, I feel sad as I know her very well. She’s an original Regal Baby and she’s only 13 when we introduced her in ’14 Going Steady’. I know how much she loves her family and she’s the reason why she has to work. I really treasure her as a daughter. She consults me whenever she has problems and I’m like a second mom to her. Naawa ako and I feel I have to defend her. I asked her to call me and she did. Umiiyak siya sa’kin when we talked. I told her to be strong and pray. God knows what she has done for her family. I am a mother also. Mothers can also make mistakes. Since malapit na ang Mother’s Day, I pray na magkapatawaran na lang ang both sides. Magkaayus-ayos na lahat.”

And why is she so supportive of Loren Legarda? “I like her advocacies. She’s really an exceptional lady, a superwoman who wants to do good things for our people. I really admire her concern for climate change. I’m donating one hectare of land to her at sabi ko taniman namin ng mga puno. I know she loves trees and the environment.”