"Actually ‘di ko rin alam ‘yong scoop kung ano. Artista lang ako, sumusunod lang ako sa ano [directions] ng direktor," Manny said in a taped interview with Showbiz Central aired yesterday, December 9.
Manny was referring to the issue that Anak ng Kumander co-star Valerie Concepcion reportedly cried over the torrid kissing scene, which director Kaka Balagtas had instructed during their shooting.
According to Valerie, she went into the set knowing fully well that the scene would only require a mild kiss. She was wrong.
"Akala ko mild lang," Valerie told Entertainment Live last Saturday, December 8. "Nung nandun na, parang bakit ganito ka-torrid, so itinuloy ko na lang. Unang-una, ayoko na mag-take two at ayokong palabasin na nag-iinarte ako. Ayoko din masabi na reklamador ako kasi hindi ko talaga gusto na may masasabing hindi maganda ang tao."
ALL PART OF THE JOB. On his end, Manny explained that he was completely oblivious about the agreement between Valerie's manager Becky Aguila and the director. Perhaps, as a nod to Valerie's professionalism, the famous son of General Santos City mentioned that he sensed nothing wrong with his female co-star during the take.
"Wala namang problema, kumportable naman siya, kumportable naman kaming dalawa na nagtrabaho doon," recalled Manny, "wala namang problema basta wala, pinalaki lang ng iba."
He also defended his wife against the accusation that she sent a scathing text message to Valerie, berating and threatening the young actress to stay away from her husband. Jinky, through the Pacquaio's spokesperson, Reli de Leon, had already dismissed the rumor.
Manny likewise defended his wife. "Hindi naman magawa siguro ng asawa ko ‘yon na mag-text ng ganoon. Yong mga ganoong bagay, hindi naman namin napag-usapan yon."
Despite all the issues hampering his yet-to-be shown film, Manny remains unruffled in the face of intrigues.
Self-assured, Manny simply said in closing: "Bago ako pumasok sa ganito expected ko na na maraming mga intriga...trabaho lang naman."