Much has been said: The Most Controversial Quotes in 2013
A look back on the year that was calls to mind individuals who had dished out a controversial zinger or two.
Sunshine Cruz started the year with a bang via a scathing Instagram post: “A girl who sends provocative/sexy pictures and msgs to a married man. Is that normal?” It began a controversy that led to estrangement with her actor-director hubby Cesar Montano.
The love month found Robin Padilla publicly wooing his wife Mariel Rodriguez anew when the latter got into a jealous fit, to the point of returning the ring he gave her. “Huwag nang mabalik sa akin kasi mahal na mahal kita. Iniibig kita. Tandaan mo ’yan,” Padilla said on “Wowowillie,” words that effectively ended the spat.
James Yap and Kris Aquino were back in the news by March, with the presidential sister accusing her former husband of making sexual advances at her during a visit. Yap denied this but inadvertently blew the matter out of the water when he blurted that Aquino supposedly had warned him: “Baka nakalimutan mo may three years pa ’yung brother ko,” referring to President Noynoy Aquino’s tenure in office.
Still in March, Heart Evangelista’s parents called a press conference to make public their differences with Senator Chiz Escudero, whom they deemed unfit to be their daughter’s boyfriend. “Natatakot kami para sa anak namin,” Cecile Ongpauco told media.
Inday Barretto confirmed whispers about the marital situation of her favorite daughter Claudine Barretto when she said: “Raymart left home? Yes, it is true.”
Popular comedian Vice Ganda was forced to apologize on national TV over his joke about newscaster Jessica Soho. “Wala akong intensyon na masama, pagtawanan ang rape victims. Kung mayroon pong nasaktan, humihingi po ako ng paumanhin…” he said on “It’s Showtime.”
The same month, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino wrote to author Dan Brown to denounce the depiction of Manila as the “gates of hell” in his latest novel, “Inferno.” The note read: “While we are aware that yours is a work of fiction, we are greatly disappointed by your inaccurate portrayal of our beloved metropolis. We are displeased of how you have used Manila as a venue and source of a character’s breakdown and trauma, much more her disillusionment in humanity.”
Charice Pempengco became talk of the town when she announced “Tomboy po ako” in an exclusive TV interview.
Evangelista is back in headlines, defying her parents’ protestation about her relationship with Escudero, saying: “I’ve never been so happy in my life.”
Parokya Ni Edgar singer Chito Miranda took to Twitter to say, “Humihingi po ako ng paumanhin sa mga pamilya namin…” when a sex video featuring himself and girlfriend Neri Naig became viral days earlier.
Following the leak of yet another sex video, Miranda bravely faced the media saying: “Mahal na mahal namin ang isa’t-isa. The more na subukan nilang guluhin ang buhay namin, mas lalo lang tumitibay ang pagmamahalan at samahan namin.”
Gretchen Barretto pleaded to her parents: “We hear Claudine’s cry for help. Why can’t you?”
Arnold Clavio had to explain himself to the public in November after remarking during his interview with Janet Napoles’ lawyer that “Panira ka ng araw eh.”
Then, the BIR served Pacquiao a warrant of garnishment effectively freezing some of his accounts. He lamented, “Huwag po sana akong i-single out at personalin dahil hindi po ako magnanakaw.”
Actress Anne Curtis was widely quoted as saying to Phoemela Baranda during an altercation: “I can buy you, your friends, and this club!” Curtis was only too thankful when Baranda belied this.
Charice also returned to the spotlight in mid-December following allegations that she attempted to take her life due to bouts of depression purportedly because of money woes. She shot back with: “Mahal ko po ang buhay ko, lalo pa nga’t malaya ko nang naipapahayag ang totoong ako. At mayroon pa rin po akong naitatagong pera.”