“I felt so much pain and extreme sadness."
These were the words of Charo Santos as she described how she felt about the shutdown of ABS-CBN.
In July, the House committee denied the media giant a new franchise which killed its broadcast operations on television and radio.
“I couldn’t describe the pain when ABS-CBN was shut down... That was very traumatic for me, as well, even if I am retired from the company," she said in an interview with Noel Ferrer on the show Level Up.
Charo remarked that the shutdown of ABS-CBN felt like the pain of a mother who loses her child.
“Parang sakit ng isang ina na ipinag-buntis mo ‘yung anak mo ng siyam na buwan. Iniluwal mo, pinalaki mo, inaruga mo. Tapos nakita mo na pinatay at wala kang magawa. Helpless ka. Masakit. I’m still grieving," she admitted.
In the same interview, Charo also shared her thoughts about politics. She remarked that she has no plans at all to venture into the political arena.
"Hindi ko naiisip ang buhay pulitika. Wala siya sa DNA ko. It’s not in my consciousness. I don’t chart my life," she said.
She added, "Hindi ko talaga alam ang buhay pulitika. I will just choose to do my kind of public service the quiet way.”
Charo also discussed her life during quarantine.
"I did not have much adjustments to make. I am not a party person. Okay lang sa akin ang tahimik na buhay. Enjoy ako watching K-Dramas and reading," she said.
She relayed that she has also been learning to play the piano.
Charo relayed that she has been spending time working out on the treadmill too. “Before, tinitignan ko lang at dinadaan-daanan ko lang. I wouldn’t last ten minutes on the treadmill. Bababa na agad ako. These days, nakaka-30 minutes na ako. You just go with the flow," she said.