Veteran broadcaster Korina Sanchez-Roxas spoke for the first time about the controversy surrounding Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla’s endorsement of her presidentiable husband Mar Roxas.
KathNiel’s endorsement of the Liberal Party standard-bearer drew mixed reactions from the netizens and from their fans.
Turns out, Korina is well aware of the netizens’ reaction over the endorsement and to that she said, “Ano, it was expected. Lahat naman ng tao, may manok eh. Hindi naman ‘yan 100 percent kay Mar,” she said in an interview with PEP.
She even stressed that "Expected na nila ‘yun. Kinausap na rin namin sila na baka magkaroon kayo [ng haters].”
But, Korina reiterated that based on their “digital analytic mechanism” the reaction was “80 percent positive for KathNiel.”
“But according to our analytic, we have a digital analytic mechanism, it’s 80 percent positive for KathNiel.”
The social media posts that have been circulating have been bashing the Teen Queen for endorsing Mar. Moreover, the said posts even claimed that the Pangako Sa’Yo is no longer part of Iglesia ni Cristo as she’s already doing things that are against their religion such as endorsing a candidate.
“It’s a constitutional right, it’s freedom of speech, freedom of choice. And that is our right, voting,” she said.
The Rated K host even added, "So, constitutionally, you can’t really make bawal unless nagpapabawal ka. I think na pinagbabawal ng Star Magic. They discourage [them]. But then, in the end, I’m very thankful to Johnny Manahan and Mariole Alberto. Pinabayaan naman nila."
Korina narrated that they the Teen King ended up endorsing Mar because his mother Karla Estrada was her friend. As for Kathryn, Korina said that it was Daniel who “convinced” her to endorse Mar.
Another issue that cropped up following their endorsement was the supposed multi-million peso fee that the Mar paid KathNiel just to support him. Korina maintained Mar’s stance and even explained that “Wala kaming ganung milyon.”
"Believe me, oh my God, nagbabalak na nga akong magbenta ng mga paintings ko! Ang dami ko pang gustong gawin... I wish,” she exclaimed.
A little recently, Korina, who celerated her 50th birthday, sold a designer watch to buy artificial legs for 50 select children.