Judy Ann Santos advises Sarah Geronimo to be strong in the face of intrigue.
Now that she is slowly easing back into the limelight after an almost one-year hiatus from showbiz, Judy Ann Santos couldn’t help but air her opinion on the recent rift between Kapamilya stars Sarah Geronimo and Cristine Reyes. Although they had reportedly grown very close while working on a film together last year, the 32-year-old actress denies that she and Sharon Cuneta automatically took sides when the issue first came out that Sarah was being attacked via Twitter by Cristine. “Wala namang pagkakamping nangyari. Nakakatawa lang isipin na ganun yung mga sinasabi ng mga tao. Pero on our part, since tapos na naman ang lahat-lahat ng ito, wala kaming kinampihan. Sinabi lang namin yung puwe-puwedeng mangyari. Kung iba yung intindi ng mga tao dun, pasensya na po pero siguro talaga din dahil kaibigan namin si Sarah, we can’t help but be protective of her because we know na hindi magsasalita yung bata. Pero wala kaming inaway. Hello, wala kaming kinampihan. Sino naman kami?” she asked during her launch as Lactum milk’s newest endorser last March 17 at the C55 Events Place in Quezon City.
Judai, who is set to host ABS-CBN’s cooking reality show Junior Master Chef at the end of this month, wanted to make it clear that she will always be a big sister to Sarah. “Away nila yan, hindi kami dapat nakikisali. Nakakatawa lang isipin na pati kami nadadamay. Pero we are just here to guide Sarah and hopefully maging tulay para magkaayos-ayos sana lahat pero hindi yun yung nangyari. So okay na, at least natapos na. At naliwanagan na lahat ng dapat naliwanagan. Sa mga hindi naliwanagan, baka kailangan lumabas sa arawan para maliwanagan. Pero maliban dun, okay na. bata sila, ganun talaga,” she added.
Judai also hoped that the rumors about Cristine not appreciating the Megastar’s supposed meddling are not true. “Alam mo, wala akong alam dun. Hindi ako maka-react kasi hindi ko alam yun pero sana wala, sana walang ganun. Kasi parang hindi maganda ata sa industriya na may mga ganung nangyayari. Sana wala. Sana hindi niya sinabi yun kasi nakakalungkot naman ‘di ba? Sana talaga hindi,” she stressed.
The actress hoped things will be better for Sarah this year, although she said battling intrigues about their personal life is a trade-off that all celebrities must face. “Sarah is a smart girl. I guess she has said enough. She has explained her side and kung naintindihan man yun ng mga tao, thank you very much. Sa mga taong hindi nakaintindi, pasensya siguro pero ako, I’m just happy na nasabi ni Sarah yung gusto niya sabihin and tapos na, okay na. Everybody happy. May bagong pelikula yung bata. I guess everybody na concerned dun sa issue ay payapa na rin. Pagdadaanan niya yan eh. Pagdaanan at pagdaanan niya yan and I guess, she really has to surpass this challenge. Kasi kung hindi, hindi naman mabubuo ang pagiging artista niya pag wala siyang malalaking isyung pagdadaanan. Ayos lang yan, meron pa yan,” she said.
Although she is slowly accepting more projects this year, Judai said she has not had the chance to spend time with either Sharon or Sarah lately because taking care of her kids Yohan and Lucho is her top priority. “Hindi pa kami nakakapag-usap ni Ate kasi very busy siya eh. ‘Pag minsan. ‘Pag may chance, minsan dinadalaw ko siya sa taping ng Sharon at Home, ganun lang. Pero hindi pa kami ulit nakakapag-chikahan ng matagal kasi ayoko siyang istorbohin, masyado siyang busy sa ngayon. Pero kami naman, open naman kami ni Ate Sharon sa kahit ano,” she said.