Korina Sanchez tells critics: ‘Bring it on’
TV broadcaster Korina Sanchez, wife of Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II who on Friday was officially backed by President Benigno Aquino III as the administration’s presidential bet for 2016, said she is ready for criticisms that will be hurled at them.
“Matagal na akong binabatikos. Bring it on! Handang handa na rin ako. Alam mo ang turo sa akin ni Mar kung hindi totoo, hindi didikit ‘yan ang tawag d’on Teflon effect. Lahat ng opinyon welcome kung makakabuti para sayo bakit hindi. Kung talagang papansinin mo lahat ‘yan hindi ka makakilos,” Sanchez told reporters after Aquino’s official endorsement on Roxas at Club Filipino in Greenhills.
(I have long been criticized. Bring it on! I am ready. Mar has taught me that if it is not true, it should not stick; it’s called Teflon effect. All opinions are welcome, much more those which will make you better. But if you mind all of them, you will not be able to function.)
Roxas, despite lagging in presidential surveys, was endorsed by Aquino at the ‘historic’ Club Filipino where it witnessed events such as Aquino’s late mother former President Corazon Aquino’s oath taking.
It was also the same place where he announced that he would give way to Aquino’s presidential candidacy in 2009.
Sanchez said she shares the passion for public service with her husband, and this could help out in his candidacy.
“Charity has always been part of my life. For 30 years nakasanayan ko na ang pagtulong sa tao kasi ako gusto ko mano-mano sa mahihirap, ‘yun ang calling ko sa buhay. So du’n na ako sa frontline sa mga tao lalo na sa probinsya,” she said.
(Charity has always been part of my life. For 30 years, I have been used to helping people because I like being with the poor—that’s my calling in life. So I want to be in the frontline when serving the people especially those in the province.)
For Sanchez, who used to be one of the three anchors of ABS-CBN’s flagship news program “TV Patrol,” Roxas’ presidential candidacy would also mean she has to sacrifice her career.
“I think it’s a big sacrifice that kelangan mong iwan ang karera mo. Pero alam mo nag-uulat lang kasi tayo. Bagamat napaka importante maging isang mamamahayag, malaki rin ang panawagan ng aktwal na serbisyo publiko. It’s really not about me, it’s about the bigger calling of my husband. I will always be secondary to that. Handa akong magsakripisyo para sa mas malaking adhikain kasi napakaliit ko lang eh malaki ang dapat gawin para sa bansa. Kung si Mar ang makakagawa noon, iiwan ko lahat,” Sanchez said.
(I think it’s a big sacrifice that one has to leave one’s career. But you know, we are just a broadcaster. While the job of a journalist is very important, the call for actual public service weighs more. It’s really not about me—it’s about the bigger calling of my husband. I will always be secondary to that. I am ready to make sacrifices for a bigger mission because I am only small compared to the big things that need to be done in the country. If Mar will be able to do that, I will leave everything (to help him.).
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Sanchez said she will still have her show weekly magazine show “Rated K.” IDL
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