Matet de Leon "lied" when asked about mom Nora Aunor on "Showbiz Central"

by Nerisa Almo
Nov 25, 2008
"Kinabahan lang ako. Siyempre, sa isyu na tungkol sa nanay ko, siyempre, ayokong... As much as possible, ayaw kong kinakana siya, ganun," defends Matet de Leon when the lie detector did not agree with her answer about Nora Aunor's alleged marriage to talent manager Norie Sayo.

Former child star Matet de Leon dared to answer Showbiz Central host John "Sweet" Lapus's questions in his segment "Love Me or Hate Me, But Don't Lie to Me" last Sunday, November 23.

The questions were divided into three levels—easy, difficult, and "now or never" questions. Out of the six questions, two were determined as a "lie" by the machine.

For the first level, John looked back on the earlier days of her career.

The first question went: "Kasabayan mo noong araw bilang child star si Aiza Seguerra, kung hindi ako nagkakamali ay magka-schoolmate pa 'ata kayo noon mga time na 'yan. Dumating ba sa point na personalan na ang rivalry ninyo ni Aiza? To the point na hindi daw kayo nag-uusap tuwing nagkikita kayo sa school?"

Matet answered, "No," which the detector determined as "Truth."

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John told Matet, "Magkaiba naman sila ng projects noon, di ba? Sa 'yo ata mga fantasy, sa kanya comedy."

To which Matet seconded. Then she added, "At saka feeling ko, mas magaling sa akin si Aiza before. Mas deserving siya ng mga awards kaysa sa akin."

The second question referred to the teenage days of Matet in showbiz. John asked, "Matet, si Sunshine Dizon ay ka-close mo noong teenager days. Totoo ba na noong time daw na 'yon ay naging bad influence ka kay Sunshine dahil ikaw daw ang nag-introduce sa kanya sa mundo ng all-night party and drinking alcohol?"

Matet answered a big "No."

After the detector machine showed that it's the "Truth," Matet explained, "Ilang beses lang kaming gumimik ni Sunshine. Kapag lumalabas kami, hindi inuman. May tatlong beses lang kaming lumabas. Ano kami, kapag lumalabas kami niyan, hindi kami nagwawala. Ano kami, cool kami, hindi kami nagwawala."

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MIGRATION TO NORWAY. After this, John probed the long-planned migration of Matet and husband Mickey Estrada with their kids to Norway. He asked, "Matet, totoo bang financial problems ang dahilan kaya naudlot ang pagma-migrate ninyo ng iyong mister, kasama ang inyong mga anak, sa Norway?"

Matet gave a "No" response to which the lie-detector machine agreed.

When asked what happened to their plan, Matet explained, "Tuloy na tuloy na 'yon. Alam mo kasi, 'yong opportunity, 'yong chance na 'yon, dumating 'yon kay Mickey hindi ko pa siya kilala. Kaya lang, hindi siya natuloy kasi siguro hindi pa para sa amin. 'Yon, nagkaproblema sa mga papers, ganun."

John then turned to Mickey and asked when they planned to arrange the documents needed for their migration.

"Ngayon, hindi po namin napag-uusapan ulit," he answered. "Before kasi, 'yong pangalawang beses na dumating sa akin 'yong opportunity, buntis siya [Matet] ulit, so... Inasikaso ko 'yon kaso nagkaroon ng incident sa airline na mayroong nanganak habang nasa air. Ngayon, bawal."

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WOMEN CLAIMING TO BE HER MOTHER. John also asked Matet about the several women who claimed to be the former child star's real mother. "Matet, sa lahat ng nag-claim noong araw na sila raw ang iyong nanay, ni minsan ba, ikaw ba ay naramdaman mo na isa sa mga iyan ang tunay mong ina?" John asked.

The celebrity mom said "Yes" and the device agreed.

Then, Matet gave a little update on one of the women who insisted that she's her real mother. "'Yong babaeng 'yon, it turned out, hindi yata ako 'yong anak niya. Kasi, di ba, nakita ko siya, kamukha ko, ganyan. Hindi pala, kine-claim niyang anak niya, e, 21 years old, e, pa-18 pa lang ako noon. Siguro alam naman ng nanay kung ano ang hitsura ng three years old o two years old sa bagong panganak. So, hindi ako 'yon."

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ABOUT MATET'S SUPERSTAR MOM. For the difficult level, John went more serious when he asked about Matet's eldest sibling Lotlot de Leon being their family provider.

The question went, "Matet, sumama ba ang loob mo sa iyong mommy, ang nag-iisang Superstar na si Nora Aunor, dahil for the longest time, e, ang Ate Lotlot mo daw ang tumatayong provider sa inyong magkakapatid?"

Matet's "No" answer for this question was determined as a "Lie" by the machine.

"Hindi naman ganun 'yon. Ano bang provider 'yon? Financial, ganun?" Matet immediately protested. "Parang ganun [provider] na nga, pero nandiyan naman si Mommy tulad noong kasal ko, anak ko, nandiyan naman siya. Pero kapag mga immediate [needs], si Ate kasi... Siyempre, busy si Mommy."

She continued, "At saka naiintindihan ko naman nanay ko, hindi naman sasama ang loob ko sa kanya. Kapag may mga times na wala siya diyan, wala sa amin, kasi naiintindihan ko kasi..."

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Since Nora is now based in the U.S., Matet admitted that she rarely talks to her mom. In fact, as far as she remembered, the last time was last Christmas.

She explained, "Kasi si Mommy, hindi naman nagsasasagot 'yan sa mga text na ‘hi' lang. Pero ang text niyan, mga three pages."

For the "Now or Never" level, John asked the Matet if she believes the report saying that Nora married her talent manager Norie Sayo in Las Vegas.

Matet, for the second time, was caught lying when she said "No" for an answer.

"Kinabahan lang ako!" defended Matet. "Siyempre, sa isyu na tungkol sa nanay ko, siyempre, ayokong... As much as possible, ayokong kinakana siya, ganun. Ako, totoo man o hindi, kung ano ang sinabi ng nanay ko, 'yon ang sinabi ng nanay ko. I will stand beside whatever she will say."

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Before the segment ended, John asked if she has already talked to her mom about the issue. According to Matet, "Hindi ko pa siya natatanong, so hindi ko alam kung totoo o hindi. Kung totoo man, okay lang. Kung hindi, okay lang din."
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"Kinabahan lang ako. Siyempre, sa isyu na tungkol sa nanay ko, siyempre, ayokong... As much as possible, ayaw kong kinakana siya, ganun," defends Matet de Leon when the lie detector did not agree with her answer about Nora Aunor's alleged marriage to talent manager Norie Sayo.
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