MANILA, Philippines—“Fetch buckets of water, chop firewood, magmano ka, you have to be respectful,” so said Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago in an interview over Radyo Inquirer when asked what advice she should give Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero who is in the middle of a controversy with the parents of her girlfriend actress Heart Evangelista.
“He should practice the art of humility. He should just apologize if he did something wrong sa halip na birahin ng birahin itong magiging in-laws nya or what he hoped will be his in-laws. In our culture, before courting a girl, the man should court the girl’s parents, grandparents first,” Santiago said.
She said Escudero even mentioned of the wealth of Evangelista’s family but “that is not the issue here.”
“Her parents said he was not respectful and has a very bad attitude, that is what he should be answering,” Santiago said.
With regards to Heart, whom she considers her surrogate daughter, she said she was of proper age to decide for herself.
“Now, she’s 28 so I would advise her parents to let her go. She needs to learn her lessons the rough way. Kung ano man ang mapait nyang swerte, bayaan nyo na lang na matuto sya,” she said.