MANILA, Philippines – Hunk actor Piolo Pascual has apologized to KC Concepcion in connection with a controversy involving Pascual’s 13-year-old son, Iñigo.
In a statement sent to “The Buzz,” Pascual denied that his son was using Twitter to “malign” Concepcion in the Internet. Pascual pointed out that Iñigo does not own a Twitter account, and that the minor’s Facebook page has been hacked.
“He never texted anybody to malign Kristina (Concepcion). He also receives prank calls from different people even while in the States. He has told me that there are people harassing him and using his name to harass other people as well through Internet,” the statement read.
Concepcion is being romantically linked to the actor since they teamed up in the Filipino adaptation of Korean telenovela “Lovers in Paris.” The actor also admitted in public that he is courting Concepcion, who is the daughter of Megastar Sharon Cuneta and first husband Gabby Concepcion.
According to tabloid reports, Iñigo was purportedly opposed to the rumored budding romance between his father and the young actress. Iñigo, who is studying in the United States, would reportedly write negative stuff about Concepcion in his Twitter account.
Pascual called on those behind the prank to stop using his son’s name “to ruin relationships.”
“Please refrain from doing so for we may seek legal counsel. My son is still a minor and private individual. I’d like to apologize to Kristina and her family. Thank you for standing by me through this situation. I appreciate your support and maturity in handling this matter. Again my apologies,” Pascual said.
Sharon defends KC
Cuneta has also broken her silence on the issue.
The megastar defended her daughter from the controversy. She branded the reports “unfair” as she admitted that the issue has hurt her family.
“Disenteng bata si KC tsaka hindi sila opisyal ni Piolo pero matagal na silang nagkikita…. pero sana tantanan na nila ang anak ko,” she said.
She said she is proud of the fact that Concepcion was raised without harboring ill feelings toward anyone.
“Alam ko matagal ng hiwalay si Piolo at mother noong bata. Ayokong mag-comment sa kanila kasi hindi ko alam ang pagpapalaki sa kanya, sabihin ko na lang ‘yong palaki ko sa anak ko… I specifically told her (Concepcion) dahil pupunta siya for the first time sa papa niya, bagong kasal ang papa niya kay Jenny (Syquia), sabi ko, ‘Be respectful,’” she said.
“And I was so proud. I wasn’t expecting it. Jenny wrote her a letter after that day saying she was happy having met KC and to have seen that she was raised wonderfully, that she had no bitterness,” she added.
The young actress was also emotional when she addressed the issue on “The Buzz” Sunday. Concepcion burst into tears as she admitted that the write-ups had hurt her.
She also noted that it is impossible for Pascual’s son to write negative stuff about her in the Internet since the actor “is a very good father.” She added that Iñigo was nice to her when they met.
“Ginagawa niya ang lahat to be the man that his son needs kasi lumaki si PJ (Pascual) na walang tatay so gusto ni Piolo maging mabuting ama sa anak niya,” she said.
She added: “Thank you Iñigo sa mga panahon na nagkita tayo and you were nice to me. ‘Yon ang pinaghahawakan ko, ‘yong kabaitan niya noong nagkita kami.”
She said it is possible that someone is trying to ruin the relationship between father and son. She said the same thing happened to her and her father once.
She echoed Pascual’s appeal to stop using the child for their personal agenda.
She, however, said that if Iñigo indeed disliked her, she totally understands him, saying she was in his position once.
“Hindi pa confirmed kung anak niya ang nagsulat, naiintindihan ko si Iñigo kung siya talaga ‘yon dahil ako po ‘yong batang ‘yon noong bata ako… siyempre mahirap naman ‘yong mahal na mahal mo ang mga magulang mo, mahirap makitang magkahiwalay sila and mahirap i-accept kung sino man ang napapalapit sa mga magulang mo,” she said.
Concepcion, meantime, thanked her mom for teaching her not to hold any grudge while she was growing up.
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