"I-link n'yo na sa 'kin lahat! Paisa-isa!"
An exasperated Ara Mina snapped back at the entertainment reporters last night, September 22, at the press conference of GMA-7's upcoming afternoon offering Tinik sa Dibdib, held at Studio 5 of the GMA Network Center in Quezon City.
The sexy actress was obviously irked by the latest rumor linking her to Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Ronaldo Puno.
"Sabi ko nga, ano ba 'yan, after Manny [Pacquiao], si Secretary naman. Parang ang cheap lang na 'pag pinatulan ko, parang ganun ba ako kadesperada?" she said.
Ara surmised that the issue started after she referred the cabinet secretary to former actress-model Rochelle Barrameda, who at that time was seeking much needed support from the government to help her indict the suspected mastermind behind the gruesome murder of sister Ruby Rose Jimenez.
Ara's connection to influential political figures can be traced to her family lineage, being the daughter of former Quezon City Congressman Chuck Mathay.
"Si Rochelle nagpatulong sa akin. Sabi niya, 'Sino ba mga kilala ng family mo na puwede nating lapitan?' So, pinag-usapan namin ng dad ko and actually, hindi lang si Secretary [Puno] ang nilapitan namin. Hindi na kami magme-mention ng iba pang names, marami akong ni-refer sa kanya. Pero I think si Secretary lang ang tumulong, sila [Barrameda family] na nga ang nag-contact, e. Parang bridge lang ako," explained Ara, still sounding upset.
ARA FOR COUNCILOR. Ara candidly revealed her plan to enter the political arena in time for the upcoming 2010 national elections.
The 30-year-old actress is setting her sights on a councilor seat in Quezon City's District 2—the same position desired by hunky actor Alfred Vargas.
"Okay naman kami ni Alfred kasi sa councilor naman, anim ang kailangan," she said. "Next month ko pa po malalaman [if I will definitely run], depende po kasi sa magiging desisyon din ng family ko."
Ara is not deterred by her lack of academic credentials—one area which her political rivals would surely attack as soon as the campaign period starts rolling.
"I'm planning to enroll din kasi... Let's say mataas nga pinag-aralan mo, pero 'yong puso mo naman wala sa pagtulong," argued Ara, who added that she's planning to enroll and take the necessary units to make her more adept for the job should she win as councilor.
The former Best Actress awardee proudly mentioned her charity endeavors focusing on ill children and those afflicted with Down Syndrome through her Ara Mina Foundation, Inc.
Ara is scheduled to fly to the United States for a series of shows together with sister Cristine Reyes, ex-Pinoy Dream Academy finalist Bugoy Drilon, and stand-up comedian Vice Ganda.