A photo of Senators Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan and Risa Hontiveros that made them appear as though they were holding hands went viral on Facebook. Coupled with the fact that Pangilinan’s wife, actress Sharon Cuneta, left for the US a few days ago, it started rumors that the couple are having marital problems because of Pangilinan’s affair with Hontiveros.
However, Cuneta herself dispelled the rumors in a Facebook post, saying that whatever she is going through right now, there is no third party involved.
“Okay. Here is the truth. Kung anuman ang pinagdadaanan ko/namin ngayon, HINDI PO ITO KASALI DOON. There is no truth to the rumours going around that Kiko and Sen. Risa Hontiveros are having an affair (or held hands),” Cuneta wrote in a Facebook post on May 14.
She called those who started the rumors as “evil,” slamming them for not even doing something “more challenging” if they are really out to ruin other people’s lives.
“Some people are evil. They have nothing better to do than ruin people’s lives. Wala bang mas matalino or mas challenging na paraan na hindi naman nakaiinsulto sa utak ng karamihan kung maninira ka rin lang ng kapwa?” she added.
Cuneta said that while she was taught by her mom to keep marital woes private, she also took after her father who was “street-smart,” adding that she would never allow people to “put one over (her).”
“Ngayon, after thirty years, nangingibabaw sa akin ang dugo ng Daddy ko. Cuneta ako. We are street-smart. My father had a Master’s Degree from the school of hard knocks. Do not even THINK about putting one over me. I shall NEVER allow it again,” she said.
“So if I am indeed going through anything now, IT DOES NOT INVOLVE A THIRD PARTY,” she added.
Read more of her Facebook post here:
Cuneta left the Philippines on May 3, but she and Pangilinan celebrated their 21st wedding anniversary on April 28, based on her Facebook post. Here’s what she said:
“Marriage is hard. It’s a lot of work. You have to make that decision every single day to work on it and stay in it. And then it does work and you are blessed with so much more than you can hold in your hands – and heart.
Happy 21st Anniversary, Francis! How did we get this far?!!! Ang bilis! Parang kahapon lang nung nagayuma mo ako. Hanggang ngayon nga iniisip ko pa rin “Paano ba ako nabola nito? Joke!!!” Hahahahahaha!
Here’s to more happy years together. I love you, partner.”
Pangilinan also greeted Cuneta on Mother’s Day, May 14.
And to end the rumors that Pangilinan and Hontiveros held hands, the senator shared this GIF from Team Kiko showing him, Hontiveros, and Senators Franklin Drilon and Antonio Trillanes IV, during their May 1 visit to Senator Leila de Lima in Camp Crame. No ‘holding hands while walking’ happened. See it for yourself.
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