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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.

Nov 20, 2015

So Who's Side Are You With: Team Alma Or Team Karen?

THE INTERVIEW of Karen Davila with senatorial aspirant Alma Moreno (she’s running on the ticket of VP Jojo Binay) on “Headstart” at ANC a week ago is currently circulating on the internet. You’d really cringe while Alma is struggling for words to answer Karen’s questions credibly. But the opinions of the public about the said interview are divided.

Some sided with Alma and pities her, saying Karen was very cruel to her guest and really planned it to shame and humiliate Alma for her show to be talked about. She was compared to a host who intentionally embarrassed her guest. “Bisita mo, binastos mo,” says one Alma defender.

But others praised Karen and said her kind of questioning merely proved that Alma is not really fit to be a senator and would just be the next Lito Lapid. But some folks said she should not have kept asking questions in English as Alma was obviously not comfortable with it. A basher even said she should have given Alma first a list of questions that she meant to ask her.

Karen decided to answer this: “Interview questions are never given to an interviewee. I research a lot & try and come as prepared as I can every single day. If you watched the interview in full, you will see that I shifted to Tagalog, during many times -- I tried to help her. My previous interviews were much tougher -- w/ Sen. Bongbong Marcos for example or MIAA GM Angel Honrado. When someone is running for higher office, they must have an understanding of issues. This is a standard we owe to the Filipino people. You will choose in the end. My job is to ask the hard questions.”

Well, this should be a lesson learned not only for Alma but other celebrities who are running for public office. If you’re not really that knowledgeable in answering questions that are relevant to our country and various national issues, don’t allow yourself anymore to be interviewed on national TV as it can only cause you so much embarrassment.