- Padilla said that he had hoped it wouldn’t reach the point where formal complaints would be made and would just like Sonza to issue an apology.
- He added that if only Sonza talked to him or Marjorie Barretto about the issue then the situation will be much easier to deal with.
Actor Dennis Padilla expressed his sadness over what his daughter, Julia Barretto, is currently going through.
The young star recently filed a cyber libel complaint and violation of the Safe Spaces Act against veteran broadcaster Jay Sonza for spreading malicious rumors stating that she’s pregnant with Gerald Anderson’s baby.
Barretto was accompanied by her mother, Marjorie Barretto, to file charges in relation to Sonza’s Facebook post on September 21.
Padilla then expressed his thoughts regarding the whole situation. He said that he felt sad because instead of his daughter focusing on her career, she had to go through something like this.
“I feel sad din na nakaka experience si Julia ng mga ganito dahil siyempre instead of focusing on your career and your plans sa buhay, ay may mga konting obstacle na dumarating and I’m sure naman na Julia can handle it kasi matapang rin naman ‘yan e, alam niya kung kailan dapat lumaban at alam rin niya kung dapat mag apologize,” he said in an interview with Cinema News Home Edition.
As Sonza is a close friend of his family, he hoped that it wouldn’t get to the point where lawsuits will be filed and that the veteran would just apologize but Padilla said that he knows his daughter has her rights also.
“Sinabi ko nga na I hope wag nang umabot sa kasuhan, ang gusto ko sana we can settle this amicably and I hope that Jay Sonza, si Kuya Jay ay mag public apology na lamang. Kaya lang siyempre karapatan rin naman ng anak ko na mag file ng kaso kasi she’s an adult and she has to protect her name.”
He then added that he will just support whatever Julia decides to do.
“I respect her decision because she’s an adult she’s already 23 so kung ano man ang mga desisyon niya andon lang ako sa likod niya, kaya nung mag file siya, tinext ko lang siya na ‘Anak, I’m just a text away, andito ako sa batangas doing a teleserye with KathNiel’ tapos sumagot siya ‘Thanks Papa, ingat ka diyan sa taping, be safe and observed all health protocols,’ yun ang sinabi niya.”
Padilla also previously stated that he would prefer if Sonza would just issue a public apology.
“Hindi na siguro kasi lalaki namang kausap si Kuya Jay. Mag-uusap na lang kami, tawagan and kung kailangan may mag-apologize, apology lang siguro. Ayos lang ‘yun dahil kaibigan din naman natin si Kuya Jay,” he said in a DZMM interview.
He also indicated that if only Sonza checked with him or Marjorie about the rumors then the situation would be different.
“Ang gusto kong sabihin kay Kuya Jay, ‘Kuya Jay, bago ka sana nag-comment ng ganun, sana tinawagan mo naman ako o kaya tinanong mo kay Marjorie o kaya mag-text ka sa kung sino man ang malapit kay Julia para malaman kung totoo or hindi.”