Herbert Bautista says that Kris Aquino did not officially become his girlfriend.
In the October 2 episode of Tapatan ni Tunying, Anthony Taberna directly asked Herbert: "Dumating ba sa puntong boyfriend-girlfriend relationship?"
Herbert explained, "Ang boyfriend-girlfriend relationship kasi is something as intense [where] you can express yourselves.
"Hindi kami umabot dun.
"Alam mo ‘yong infant stage ng relationship? Ganoon. Nasa infant stage ng relationship tapos biglang naudlot."
Did Herbert think that he would get married at that time?
"Ang feeling ko was, that time, I’m very thankful that a person like Kris Aquino has acknowledged somebody like Herbert Bautista."
The host asked the Quezon City mayor to react to those saying that being linked to Kris is a political move.
Herbert pointed out: "Totoo naman yun, ganoon yung magiging itsura.
"It never came to that point na even yung feeling namin pareho na naggagamitan kami. Because una, we never talked about politics. We talk about political figures, but we don’t talk about politics."
The 46-year-old politician-actor is a father to four kids from two women.
He admits: "On a personal level I may have caused pain to the mothers of my children, and perhaps my children. Perhaps there are also pains that I got from them.
"May mga nagsasabi, 'Bakit hindi mo na lang pakasalan any of the two, di ba?' E, yung drama nga ng buhay na dinaanan ko, different from others. Yung dinanas naming sakit sa isa’t isa, hindi siya buo. Hindi ako buo, hindi rin sila buo sa paningin ko, hindi rin ako buo sa paningin nila."
He then said with a laugh: "So, kung mag-aasawa ako, sa pangatlo. Or baka hindi na."
Bistek (Herbert's monicker) wants to spend more time focusing on his children, some of whom are trying their hand in showbiz.
Athena previously starred in the indie film Kamkam while Harvey became part of the kiddie gag show Goin' Bulilit.
"So I’ll focus on my children. Ito kasi yung stage ng mga anak ko na, age of discovery, di ba. 'Uy yosi, ano ba yan? Uy girlfriend, boyfriend, ano ba yan?' na mapapabayaan nila yung responsibility nila. I don’t want that to happen to my kids."