Sharon Cuneta did not hide her "tampo" to her uncle Tito Sotto, in a press conference this afternoon, July 22.
Sharon, who was in a happy and engaging mood, frankly told reporters that she felt hurt when she heard that Senator Sotto will not give his support to her husband, Sen. Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan, who is vying for the Senate presidency.
"There's a lot of drama ongoing now in the Senate," Sharon said. "Merong mga nakakasakit ng damdamin ko kasi tanggap ko man yung desisyon nila at naiintindihan ko yung desisyon nila, hindi naman ibig sabihin na hindi ako nasasaktan. Di ba? Like my second father, si Tito."
Sen. Pangilinan is being pitted against Sen. Manuel "Manny" Villar for the post, which will be decided through voting on the morning of July 26, the day of President Noynoy Aquino's first State of the Nation Address.
Both Pangilinan and Villar need to earn a majority of 13 votes to clinch the position. Recent reports, however, state that both the candidates are currently failing to get the majority vote out of only 21 Senate members.
The most recent update is that Sotto is now gunning for current Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, who has expressed interest to retain his position should the Senators continue to be undecided.
"Though I understand his reasons for not being able to support Kiko, it hurts me very much. Very, very much," Sharon said.
She quickly added, however, that she loves Senator Sotto "very, very much." Last elections, Sharon picked Sotto to be the only senatorial candidate whom she openly endorsed. They even shot a TV commercial together. (CLICK HERE to read related story.)
Sen. Sotto is the husband of actress Helen Gamboa, the younger sister of Sharon's mom, Elaine Cuneta.
"HANDPICKED" BY P-NOY. Her husband, according to the Megastar, was "handpicked" by President Aquino. Pangilinan served as the campaign manager of Aquino's Liberal Party in the previous elections.
Pangilinan was supposed to run for vice president, but he gave way at the last minute for Mar Roxas to take the candidacy instead. Roxas, on the other hand, was supposed to run for President, but he also gave way to Aquino's candidacy.
Sharon Cuneta clarified that she's optimistic of her husband's win. "This is what I told Kiko: 'There are so many obstacles, and anything can still happen before the 26th, but I said, for all intents and purposes, 'I think it's obvious you've already won. You have 11 votes. And if there's two other people, two other Senators that cannot vote for you, that doesn't necessarily mean ayaw ka nila. But you have majority; as far as I am concerned, you're already a winner.'"
She added, "It's been a tough fight for him. Some people say hindi siya experienced. Tama yun... Hindi siya experienced sa pagnanakaw, hindi siya experienced sa panlilinlang. I think pag nag-imbestigahan ng lahat ng coffers ng lahat ng nasa gobyerno ngayon, isa sa mga malinis na lalabas, and I say this with all my heart and all my pride, is my husband. Lahat ng meron kami, pinaghirapan namin. Wala kaming iniyaman. Lahat ng luho ko, hindi ko hiningi sa kanya."
"Saka mayaman na ako. Okay na 'yon," she ended jokingly.