Boy Abunda admits that he doesn't seek to meddle in the personal lives of the artists he handles.
With Mariel Rodriguez now in the spotlight after her secret wedding to Robin Padilla was revealed, ABS-CBN.com asked Mariel's manager, Boy Abunda, about what he thought. Boy expressed that even though he is Mariel's manager, he does not expect her, as well as his other talents, to tell him everything that is happening in their lives, especially personal matters. "Ito nga ang ina-address ko: Is it bad not to know everything? I am not supposed to know everything about [my talents]. Ako dapat kapag may kinalaman sa karera or may mga bagay na nangyayari sa buhay ng aking mga alagang artista na may epekto sa kanilang karera, dun lang ako papasok. But that is a privilege that is given by an artist to a manager."
ABS-CBN.com asked Boy how he personally feels about the matter. "Hindi naman ako magkukunwari na hindi ako nabibigla. Nabigla ako, bilang tao, na-surprise ako pero hindi naman yan pagkabigla na hanggang ngayon hindi ako makakilos ng paa. Somehow you get used to these things. It is the industry. It is the nature of the industry."
He admits that he is not worried about Mariel'rsquo;s relationship with Robin as he trusts Mariel as a responsible woman and he knows that Mariel is sincerely happy. "Ang posisyon ko lamang from the very beginning I said this and I mean this from the bottom of my heart. Remember she is twenty-six. She is not sixteen, she is not fourteen. If that makes her happy'hellip;and she is happy. Siguro tayong mga nanonood marami tayong hindi nauunawaan, pero bottomline, masaya siya." 'nbsp;
"Kung ang pagiging pasaway niya sa love ay hindi niya pagsipot sa trabaho, yun ang panghihimasukan ko. Pero yung pagiging pasaway niya sa love na nag-aaway sila ng syota nila, that'rsquo;s their business. Remember ang dami ko nang pinagdaanan na mga ganito, hindi bago sa akin itong mga ganito. Napapanood niyo ako sa TV araw-araw pero may pribadong buhay ako. Pribado in a sense for the lack of better word. Kapag tumatawag ako kay Mariel, hindi magkanda ugaga yan. Kasi alam ni Mariel na tumatawag ako kapag importante lang, hindi para makipagchikahan."
Meanwhile, Mariel is facing another problem as she recently appeared on a showbiz program on another network which is a direct competitor of her show, Entertainment Live. The program put the press conference where Mariel was at the time on live feed during the show. Boy admits that this might cause a problem with Mariel's contract and he already talked to Mariel about it. "Naka-live feed [yung press conference]. Ang explanation ni Mariel is that she is not aware of it, she was not aware that it was happening that way. Kinausap din ni Mariel ang ibang mga tao dito sa ABS-CBN, hindi siya aware na ganun ang magiging arrangement so hindi niya alam na siya ay lumalabas sa kabila. Problema yan. Ang aming programa ay hindi kami pinapayagan na lumabas or mag-promote in any show or any channel that is directly competitive sa iyong show." Mariel apparently told Boy, "I was clueless, I was innocent of what was happening."
Boy admits that they will accept and adhere to ABS-CBN's decision regarding the issue. "Kung anong decision ng Channel 2, kung tatanggapin ng Channel 2 ang paliwanag namin, kung kami ay paparusahan ng Channel 2, tatanggapin namin. Ganun lang ka-simple yun. Ipapatawag ka, magpapaliwanag ka. Ako napaka-linear ko sumolve ng problema. Kung sa palagay ng ABS-CBN ay kami ay hindi kapatawad-tawad, tatanggapin namin. Pero ngayon wala pa kaming pormal na pag-uusap."