Kapuso actress Heart Evangelista may look entirely happy with her relationship with Francis "Chiz" Escudero, but her parents have expressed strong objection against the re-electionist senator, citing instances they had felt "disrespected" by the lawmaker.
A press conference was conducted Tuesday by Heart's parents Cecile and Ray Ongpauco to formally appeal to the couple to reconsider their relationship. The move came after the politician's statement last month he intends to marry Heart in five years.
"She has not thought about this sufficiently or properly. We think she should think about this for a longer period of time. Nag-aalala lang kami sa anak namin," Mrs. Ongpauco said, expressing concern for her daughter.
The Ongpaucos even accused Chiz of being "arrogant" and "alcoholic" after saying the senator was drunk when they first met.
"Noong unang pagkakataon na nagpakilala siya sa amin dahil hiniling niya kay Heart na ipakilala siya... dumating siya, nakainom. Amoy ng alak. Nakasalampak doon sa sala namin, parang ganoon. Noong ikalawang beses na pumunta siya sa bahay namin, ganoon ulit, nakainom, nang-aalok pa ng bote ng alak," Mrs. Ongpauco told ABS-CBN News.
"Wala akong nakitang maganda eh. Puro arogante siya, bastos. Makakita ka namang pinakilala sa akin, nakahilata sa upuan, lasing. Una kaming nag-meet, 'yun na agad ang nakita ko sa kanya," Mr. Ongpauco added.
"Feeling namin itong Mr. Escudero na 'to, never nagpakita ng respeto sa aming pamilya. Pupunta siya sa bahay namin, nakainom, nakaupo, nakasalampak sa upuan, nakabukaka roon," Mrs. Ongpauco said. "Minsan lumabas ang anak ko kasama niya, nagkita sila nung isa naming kamag-anak, binati 'yung anak ko. Tapos itong si Mr. Escudero ni hindi man in-acknowledge, ni hindi man pinansin na may kamag-anak kami na dumating."
The Ongpaucos also cited other reasons why they're against their daughter's relationship with Chiz. Among these are:
- Chiz was married with two children and got an annulment in court, but not in Catholic church. Therefore, they cannot marry as Catholics.
- The age difference between Heart (28) and Chiz (42) and Heart's supposed unpreparedness for marriage.
- A reliable source told them Chiz has "certain strange habits hidden from the public view."
- The Ongpaucos hoped Chiz would have been more "traditional" in courting their daughter, which includes formally asking their daughter's hand or even asking permission to court her.
[Photo: Heart's Instagram page]