Amid all the controversies faced by their family, Nicco Manalo, the eldest son of comedian Jose Manalo, is still positive that everything would fare well for their family sooner or later.
With Christmas just around the corner, Nicco, in a recent interview with Push.com.ph, was asked whether he thinks his parents would patch things up for the important holiday.
"Hindi ko alam. Pero siyempre, maganda naman 'yung maayos ang mga bagay-bagay. Masaya naman yung ganon. Masaya ang Pasko kung magiging gano'n nga. Parang right now, they’re both trying to fix things na kailangan namin… without it being in the limelight," Nicco said.
Nicco's mother Anna Lyn went public in 2012 and claimed that her husband left their home to be with his mistress and that he stopped giving financial support for them. She also filed a violation of Republic Act 9262 or the Anti-Violence against Women and Children Act which was later on junked by the court.
Meanwhile, TAPE Inc., his father's talent management, filed a case against Anna Lyn for supposedly harassing Jose. She was also charged with estafa recently.
While he claimed to have no knowledge as to his parents’ legal battle, Nicco assured people that they are trying to iron things out.
"They’re still talking about it, wala akong alam, actually. Hindi ko siya pinapakialaman eh. Hindi ko nalang talaga iniisip," Nicco said.
He added, "They’re fixing what needs fixing, I mean, in terms of our family. 'Yun ang pinag-uusapan, they’re working on it."
But according to him, he and his father are yet to speak to each other. What's stopping them from talking? “Right now? Ayaw ko lang ma-fuel yung controversy na yun. We’ve been dealing with that for a while now, it comes and goes. Ayoko namang gumano'n pa siya uli. We’re working on it naman eh. Parang ma-respect 'yung privacy namin. Ayusin namin yung kailangan naming ayusin sa likod ng mga trabaho namin," he explained.
Their current situation doesn't change the fact that he still dreams of working with his father. In fact, he claims that his father is very well aware of it saying that, "Everyone knows about it and they respect that, 'yung space na ina-allow namin sa isa’t isa. My dad knows it, too. He knows me very well. He knows how I can treat or how I deal with things. And parang right now, he’s doing his own thing and I'm doing mine. So, okay na sa ganon.”
Reports have it that since his father left, Jose started living in with his rumored new flame who was reported to be a Sexbomb dancer. For Nicco, that rumor is nothing but "old news" that he doesn’t want to dwell on. But he however admitted that he might be affected by it in the event that it would turn out to be true.
“Siyempre, hindi naman po maiiwasan na ma-affect by it. I mean, lahat naman nangangarap ng happy family. Kaso he has his reasons, I guess. Ayun nga, hopefully, I’ll be able to hear his reasons when the right time comes," Nicco said.
Will he be willing to meet his father's new flame in the future? “Kagaya nga po ng sinasabi ko, if I'm asked, am I proud of my dad? I am, hindi naman po mawawala yun. Ayun nga po, open ako na pakinggan yung side niya," Nicco ended.