A self-confessed Papa's girl, Yeng Constantino trusts her father Joselito to manage her finances for her.
After winning as the Grand Star Dreamer of Pinoy Dream Academy, Yeng has been facing a lot of intrigues, the latest of which is about the mismanagement of her finances. There have been reports claiming that the singer-songwriter is already bankrupt and unable to pay debts to her manager, Jay Lavilles.
When asked to react on this matter, Yeng declares: "Lahat ng income ko po hindi ko hinahawakan. Ang naghahawak po niyan, ang papa ko."
"Kung meron naman kaming utang, maayos po kami ng manager ko, maayos naman po kami. Sa tingin ko po wala kasi nag-meeting po kami tungkol sa new album kong Journey, sabi nga po ni Ma'am Annabelle [Regalado, Star Records' managing director]wala naman pong issue. Pero maganda naman po na nalinaw namin.
"Kasi po sa pera, hindi po ako nakikialam masyado sa money. Yung papa ko saka manager ko ang nag-uusap tungkol sa ganyan. Hindi po ako nagtatanong tungkol sa ganyan."
The top scholar of PDA maintained that if there were financial problems, she would be the first to know about them.
"Una sa lahat, kung meron po silang argumento tungkol sa money, makakarating po 'yon sa akin dahil sasabihin ng manager ko ‘yon sa akin. Pero wala po silang sinabing ganun...siguro kasi wala silang argumento kaya wala pong nakarating sa aking ganun.
"Wala naman pong sinabi yung manager ko na ‘Yung papa mo ganito, ganito.' Okay silang dalawa, close silang dalawa."
She added: "Ang manager ko po, nagkikita po sila sa Ateneo kasi yung Papa ko nagtatrabaho pa rin ngayon sa Ateneo. Pumupunta po dun sa Ateneo yung manager ko para kunin niya yung commission niya. Nagkikita po silang dalawa, binibigay po ni Papa."
Does she have an idea about the identity of the person/s spreading the rumors about the mismanagement of her finances?
"Hindi ko po alam," says the bewildered singer-songwriter. "Hindi naman po siguro manggagaling sa tatay ko or sa manager ko."
Yeng narrated her cash flow for the benefit of those doubting the stability of her finances.
"Halimbawa po meron akong gig, ako po nag-aabot ng check sa kanya. ‘Pa, ito po.' Ako po talaga nag-aabot kasi kahit na nagtatrabaho na po ako, hindi po maganda yung parang ako ang maghahawak ng money ko. Responsibilidad ng magulang na i-manage kung anong meron kaming financial na pera."
Does she have her own bank account?
"Meron po, ginawa po talaga ng Star Magic ‘yon, ginawa talaga nina Mr. M [Johnny Manahan] ‘yon for me. Meron po akong sariling account na hindi ko mapapakialaman. Talagang savings po ‘yon."
She says that the money she gives to her father is for the payment of their bills and for the construction of their house. Yeng is helping her family construct their own home in Rizal to replace the one that was demolished in the past. The rock musician even shared her blessings for her relatives by giving away food for Noche Buena. However, she does get to keep the payment for her guestings such as Homeboy, Boy and Kris, and ASAP ‘08. She only splurged on herself by purchasing a purple-colored Ibañez guitar.
Does she know of any enemies who want to ruin her reputation?
"Hindi ko po alam basta rock ‘n roll lang po ako," was Yeng's last words before rushing off to the Aliw Theater to perform her signature songs for a concert of Ballet Manila.