Francine Prieto answers accusations that she used her late mother's condition as publicity stunt

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Francine Prieto's mom Amelia Falcon passed away last March 26 due to complications of ovarian cancer. Two days after this unfortunate loss, Francine expressed her thanks to those who helped her and her mom in their time of need.


Days after Francine Prieto's mother, Amelia Falcon, passed away, the actress granted an interview with Showbiz Central co-host John "Sweet" Lapus about her being a supportive presence on her mom's will to fight, the responsibility of being head of the family, and the realization of living without a loved one.

The weary-looking sexy comedienne told SC , "Nanay ko talaga, e, gusto niya pa rin mabuhay. Siya ang nag-iisa kong mommy at siyempre gusto ko siyang pagalingin. Gusto ko mawala ang sakit niya kasi alam mo na may sakit at kaya naman gawan ng paraan. Pero pag nakikita mo nanay mo in pain, e, iyon ang hindi mo makayang tingnan. Pag nakikita mo siya, naiiyak ka na lang."

Francine added that she can't show her mom her despair and she did that to uplift her mom's spirit in some way. "Hindi mo puwede ipakita sa kanya na naiiyak ka kasi dapat sabihin mo na 'Hindi, mommy, kaya mo 'yan!'"

LAST MESSAGE. Before wheeling in for chemotheraphy, mother and daughter exchanged words.

"Nagpapasalamat daw siya na binigyan daw siya ng Diyos ng anak na katulad ko," said Francine. "Last message ko naman sa kanya, 'Mommy, good luck sa operation mo. I love you.'"

Then with tears welling up her eyes, she continued, "Dumating kasi ako, wala na siya, e. Pagdating ko, niyakap ko mommy ko at hinalikan ko siya. Tapos, 'yon nga, sabi ko sa kanya na 'I love you mommy. Sorry mommy.' Nakita ko hitsura niya, hindi ko gusto hitsura niya kasi parang feeling ko, hindi pa talaga ready. Pero noong nilagay siya dito [at Arlington Funeral Homes], doon ko nakita na ready na pala, para maging peaceful na rin siya."

TRIALS AND BLESSINGS. On the other hand, Francine is thankful for the support she has been getting friends in and out of show business. However, she expressed her frustration over some people who said that she was using her mother's condition as a publicity stunt.

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"Ang dami-daming paratang ang sinasabi ng tao," she said in a breaking voice. "Kanya-kanyang opinion naman, kaso grabe ang sinasabi ng iba na ginagamit ko daw nanay ko. Ang sakit sakit naman. Bakit ko naman gagamitin ang nanay ko na may sakit? Ang akin lang kasi, gusto ko lang dugtungan ang buhay ng nanay ko, di ba? Ngayon, wala na talaga. At least hindi ako nagsisi dahil naghanap ako ng paraan para madugtungan ang buhay niya. Sa tingin ko, nakita naman niya 'yon."

Francine added that she already accepted the fact that no matter what you do to save a life, it is still God who will have the final say.

"Kung kailangan na siyang bawiin ng Diyos, e, babawiin na talaga sa amin," she said. Then with an air of appreciation, she extended her thanks to those who helped. "Hindi ko talaga alam kung papaano papasalamatan ang lahat ng tumulong sa amin. Sobrang dami ng nagmamahal. Hindi lang sa akin, sa pamilya ko. Hindi ko alam... Dati ang sama ng loob ko kung bakit pinapahirapan ako, pero ngayon talaga, hindi direkta na binigay ng Diyos ang mga gusto ko, pero ang dami niyang ginamit na instrumento—mga kaibigan para matulungan kami. Sobrang nagpapasalamat ako."

"Nawalan man ako ng nanay, pero nag-gain ako ng maraming bagong kaiban. Siguro ito din ang purpose nito. Marami kaming natutunan sa nangyari sa amin na ito," she said between sobs.


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