Cecile and Rey Ongpauco, parents of GMA-7 actress Heart Evangelista, told Senator Chiz Escudero to leave their daughter alone.
In a press conference, Mr. and Mrs. Ongpauco asked the senator, who is running in the May 2013 polls, to leave their daughter.
They said that it is for Evangelista’s sake that they are asking that from Escudero.
Evangelista’s parents said that Escudero does not respect them, and that he is manipulating Heart against them.
It was only last week that Evangelista said her relationship with her parents are “very good.” They had a falling out before when Evangelista chose boyfriend Jericho Rosales over her parents.
Currently, Evangelista is dating the senator, who is 16 years her senior.
“Hindi ako nagagandahan sa ugali niya,” Mr. Ongpauco said.
There was also an instance that Escudero visited the Ongpaucos’ house while he was drunk.
“When he first visited our house, the very first time, he was drunk. He smelled of alcohol,” Mrs. Ongpauco said.
She added that Evangelista is not yet ready to be a politician’s wife because she doesn’t know anything about running a household.
In an interview, the senator said that he can see himself marrying the actress-host in five years.
“We are now appealing to Mr. Escudero to leave our daughter alone for a cooling-off period,” Mrs. Ongpauco said.
They clarified that politics is not the reason behind their statements.
In an exclusive interview with 24 Oras, Evangelista admitted that she and her parents currently have a misunderstanding.
She said that this wasn’t the first time that her parents didn’t approve of her boyfriend. She mentioned Rosales.
“At that time, I’m very young kaya nagparaya ako. I thought I could make my parents happy… I understand na that, you know, they just want the best for me and very protective,” she said.
But this time, Evangelista said that she’s in the right age to choose whoever she loves.
She added that Escudero and his family never showed any ill-feelings against her.
Evangelista said that this ordeal will strengthen her and Escudero, and that she is very happy with him.