Comedian Jose Manalo was caught off guard during the presscon for his upcoming film Boy Tokwa after some members of the press asked what he has to say about the rumors that Arjo Atayde and Maine Mendoza are dating.
Manalo, who tried to avoid the topic, was quick to respond “wala akong alam” right after hearing Atayde and Mendoza’s names. But the press, who prodded him to spill the beans, went on to ask what he knows about the rumored couple.
“Hindi ko alam kasi si Maine alam niya ‘yan, hindi ako—si Wally (Bayola), sila ‘yung palaganun—pagiging Lola. Close na close sila,” he said.
Jose Manalo, who apparently knew Arjo Atayde from way back, revealed that he used to work with Arjo’s uncle Caloy Atayde on a show back in the ‘80s.
“Matagal na. Kasi ‘yung Boyoyong dati, Boyoyong Clowns—si Caloy Atayde—Tito niya ‘yun. Nameet ko ‘yan maliit pa ‘yan. Tapos nung nanalo kami sa Star Awards, ‘di ba pareho kaming Best Actor nung nanalo kami nun. Nag-tie. Kinuha ko ‘yung trophy kasi isa lang eh. Nag-tie kami nun. Nameet ko na siya,” he said.
Manalo also said that he has not yet seen Arjo Atayde visit the set of his noontime show on the rival network. “Hindi pa. Hindi ko pa nakikita.”
Amid all the rumors about Atayde and Mendoza, Jose Manalo said he’s certain that the latter is happy right now.
“Masaya. ‘Yung batang ‘yung masiyahin naman talaga ‘yun. ‘Di mo makikitang nagmumukmok ‘yun. Tatahimik lang ‘yun ‘pag minimake-upan. Pero kalog ‘yun. Loko-loko din ‘yung batang ‘yun.”
Jose Manalo also joked that he chooses not to ask Maine about anything related to her personal life to avoid getting asked about his, saying: “Hindi. Baka matanong din ako ‘di ba?
“Sana naman maging okay. Kasi si Maine naman mabait naman ‘yang bata na ’yan. Si Arjo naman mukhang okay din. Sana maging okay lang. Tapos tibayan lang nila ‘di ba? Alam mo naman sa showbiz maraming intriga. Sana kumbaga nakikita naman naming masaya,” he said. He then countered his statement by asking the press, “Sila ba?”
Asked if he supports Arjo Atayde for Maine, he answered: “Kahit sino naman basta masaya si Menggay okay naman sa’min.”
Jose also said that he has nothing to say about the negative reactions thrown against the two celebrities as he cannot see any of those due to his absence on social media.
“Una, hindi ko iniintindi ‘yan dahil wala ako sa social media. Kaya hindi ko siya nararamdaman,” he said.