By NIKA ROQUE
October 15, 2019
TV and film actress Marian Rivera was the subject of much controversy over the weekend after an online website uploaded a story and video where the writer asked her how the devastating traffic situation affects her and her family.
The video uploaded on the website saw Rivera saying, “Traffic? Parang matagal na may traffic. Wala nang dahilan para i-kunsume mo sarili mo sa traffic. Kung may lakad ka, eh di pumunta ka ahead of time para ‘di ka ma-traffic. Sa sasakyan pag trapik, ang daming pwedeng gawin. Mag cellphone ka, magsulat ka, eh di yun yung me-time mo sa sarili mo diba. So ang daming pwedeng mangyari at gawin mo sa traffic.”
Immediately the video drew comments from netizens branding the A-list celebrity as “insensitive” and “matapobre” given the current transportation crisis in the country.
On Monday Rivera was forced to air her side regarding the now infamous interview stating, “Lahat tayo ay biktima ng trapik, at kani-kaniyang paraan lang kung paano tayo mag-cope sa sitwasyon. Ang tanong po kasi during the interview — kung panonoorin at pakikinggan niyo ang buong clip — ay nakatuon sa aking pamamaraan kung paano ko personal na itinatahak ang problemang ito ng ating lipunan, kaya’t sinagot ko naman iyon ayon sa kung ano ang totoo sa akin — at sa akin lamang. I just wanted to give a light take on my personal experience, but was misinterpreted.”
Rivera also posted the full clip of the question and reply during the press conference where she was launched as the first brand ambassador of grocery chain, WalterMart. It showed how her statement was actually a segue way to discussing the company’s new delivery service so families can lessen their traffic woes when buying their necessities.
Moreover, Rivera slammed the lead of the posted article which went, “Are the super-rich like superstar Marian Rivera also affected by Metro Manila’s heavy traffic?”
Her statement continued, “Kung sana’y naging mas responsable lang ang Philstar.com sa kanilang headline at sa hindi pag edit ng tanong sa umpisa ng original video, hindi ako ma-te-take out of context.”
She then apologized to those who were offended by her comments and took full responsibility for them as she promised to be careful with her choice of words next time.
“Kinikilala ko po ang hirap na pinagdaraanan ng mga Pilipino sa kalbaryong ibinibigay sa ating lahat ng trapik. Ang bawat minuto na nasasayang sa kalsada ay dapat na sana’y nagagamit natin para makapiling ang ating mga mahal sa buhay — wala pong may gusto nito. . . Peace everyone.
”Hindi po ako super rich, gaya ng sabi ng Philstar.com. Maykaya, opo, dahil pinaghirapan ko po yun.”
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