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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.

May 20, 2020


AFTER the controversial Barretto Sisters’ family feud that became fodder for gossip columns, it seems BB Gandanghari now wants to replace them with his, er, her tirades against his brother Robin Padilla.

These past few weeks, the former Rustom Padilla has been ranting online about how his family has neglected him, focusing mainly on Robin. He says no one has even asked him how he’s doing while he’s all alone living in the U.S. amidst the corona pandemic.

Robin replied saying he had problems of his own, including his back injury that caused him to be hospitalized.

He said they love BB but other members of their family also had health issues of their own, so BB should not sulk if they couldn’t communicate with him, er, her. BB felt Robin said sorry just so he won’t be discredited in the eyes of the public.

He proclaimed online: “Tigilan natin ang public imaging. Tigilan natin ang pagpapaguwapo o pagpapabango at my expense. Love is the most abused word, and I think I can debate about that with anyone in this world.

"So, kung love ang pag-uusapan at ganyang klaseng pagmamahal ang sinasabi n’yo sa akin at ipinaparamdam n’yo sa akin, then maybe this needs a conversation.”

He said he chose to live in the U.S. for his own good. “Yun ang tinatrabaho ko, kaya ako umalis ng Pilipinas, yung emotional quotient ko. Kasi, obviously, sa mga bibig mo na rin nanggaling Robin Padilla, aking nakababatang kapatid, baka nakakalimutan mo. 

"Eh, ‘yan ang klase ng pagmamahal na sinabi ko sa sarili ko, na I think we deserve more. Ito rin yung pinanggagalingan ng sinabi ko na, kung sa pag-ibig gagawin mo akong doormat, thank you na lang. You can have it, but I think I‘ll have a better love.”

He added he just wants to have good communication with his family. “Unang-una, ang pinanggalingan lamang nito, emotional support. Hindi ko alam kung saan nanggagaling ang malaking brouhaha na after I’ve said my piece, no phone call, really? And now, sasabihin mo sa buong mundo na mahal mo ako? Tigilan ko ang pagtatampo? Hindi na ako nagtatampo, I’m over it.

"Ang pina-process ko ngayon kung ano yung ipinaramdam n’yo sa akin. Yun ang pina-process ko ngayon. But I know, in God’s grace, I will get over it. Pero hindi na ako nagtatampo. Why?! Di ba, sinabi ko, I will not cry over spilt milk. I’ve moved on pagkatapos kong magsalita. Naghintay ako ng tawag.

Sasabihin mo sa tao, tumahimik na ako, tigilan ko na? How arrogant! Who told you? Sino ang nagbigay sa ‘yo para sabihin mo sa isang tao na tigilan mo na iyang nararamdaman mo? Who are you to diminish my emotions and feelings? Gusto mo, isa-isahin ko sa ‘yo? Hindi ako nagtatampo kasi hindi niyo ako kinakamusta? Hindi!!!

"Let’s make that clear. The point was… after ko umiyak, sinabi ko naka-move on na ako, kasi nahimasmasan na ako.  It was just really panic. I was in panic. May nakaintindi ba? Wala!

"May tumawag ba just to give a small assurance? Wala! Ano ang ibibigay sa ’yo? Ano ang ite-text sa ’yo? If you are me, nag-iisa ka, nalulumbay ka, naghahanap ka ng tawag sa pamilya mo.”

BB also revealed that Robin has not talked to him for two or three years and when he decided to start a new life in the U.S., Robin did not even support her in her aim to make it as an actress in Hollywood.

“Grabe ka Robin…you don’t want me to succeed? Why? You want me to struggle, why?”

Well, we hope this misunderstanding between BB and her siblings will be settled soon before it gets even worse.

And we're wishing BB, who's now a golden girl and will be 52 this coming September, to achieve his very realistic dream of having a very successful as a Hollywood actress and be paired with the top actors there now.