This is what Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Secretary Mar Roxas apparently told his wife, broadcast journalist Korina Sanchez, a few days ago.
When she asked why, she said he told her, “I will never leave you.”
“Sabi niya sa aking ganon, ‘You’re really stuck with me,’” Korina laughed as she shared the conversation she had with her husband to “The Buzz” in an interview held last July 5 on the set of Korina’s show, “TV Patrol.”
“Sabi nga niya minsan, depende sa mood, ‘Ang malas malas ko talaga.’ Sabi ko, ‘Bakit?’ ‘Ang malas ko, sobra kitang mahal!’ O, ‘di ba,” she proudly shared.
If there’s anything that these two have proven of late, it’s that being a very visible figure in show business does not always mean a good thing but, as it happens, so does being away from the limelight.
Married for almost two years now (since October 2009), Mar and Korina are not necessarily entertainment figures, but their marriage is just as beset with intrigues as any bona fide showbiz couple’s.
“Hanggang ngayon?” she laughed when the issue of their supposed split-up was broached. “Sabi ko nga, ‘Diyos ko talaga itong mga tsismosang inggiterang ito,’ sabi kong ganyan… Kung hindi kami nakikita, hiwalay na daw kami. Nung nakita na kami, nagpapanggap lang daw kami. Sabi ko, ‘Ibang klase ito, hindi na tsismis ito, kampanya na ito ng paninira.’ Alam na alam mo eh.”
Asked if there is truth to the rumor that she has been neglecting her husband, she replied, “Hindi totoo ‘yun! Naga-alagaan kami nang mabuting-mabuti.”
Perhaps wanting to give viewers an insight on how she really feels about Mar, she also bragged, “Oy ang gwapo ni Mar ngayon ha.” And also added that, “Nagyo-yoga kami pareho, we diet together, we talk about a lot of things together. Eh kasi nagbakasyon siya nang matagal, di ba, before going back to government. So, nag-process kami together.”
When it comes to the issue of having several women involved as the supposed reason for the rumored collapse of their marriage, Korina shared, “Oo [‘yun nga ang tsismis]… Natatawa nga ako kay Mar, sabi ko, ‘Oy, pinag-uusapan dito na hiwalay na raw tayo, unuwi ka na galing New York, akala yata nila hiwalay na talaga tayo.’ ‘Talaga?’ ‘Oo, may third party daw.’
Tapos sabi niya, ‘Talaga? Sino ‘yung lalaki?’ ‘Anong ako? Ikaw ang natsi-tsismis na may babae.’ ‘Naku,’ sabi niyang ganon, ‘’wag mo nang isipin ‘yan.’”
According to Korina, the names that have cropped up with the rumors “are really ridiculous,” alluding to people involving them in issues hurled at her and Mar.
“Kaya lang siguro, itong mga babaeng ito, dahil magaganda rin, marami ring inggit sa kanila, sinisiraan din sila, ‘di ba?”
Still, Korina pointed out that she’s not necessarily the forgiving kind. “Ako pa naman, ramdam ko pa lang sa buto ko, kahit walang ebidensiya, goodbye. Yes…”
“But he has never ever given me any reason to be jealous of anyone,” she adamantly said. “Pilit kaming pinaghihiwalay ano? Siguro kasi nakikita nila masyado kang masaya.”
Korina revealed that beyond being happy together, they hope to expand their family by having a baby.
“In the making,” she quipped. “Basta pinag-usapan na namin nang seryoso. Nasimulan na ‘yung process ng paghahanda—taking care of my body, I’ve been talking to my OB gynecologist again…”
Sharing her elation, she also said, “Nakikilig ako kasi parang wala siyang resistance sa idea, alam mo ‘yung ganon, di ba, na parang, lalaki siya na parang mapapaisip pa. Siya, go siya kaagad…
“I’m excited but you know, I don’t want to be too excited kasi I’m sure medyo mahihirapan na ako, ‘di ba?”
But despite the slight apprehension, Korina believes God will bless them. “I’ve been such a good girl, I’m sure ‘yan ang kanyang regalo sa lahat ng sakripisyo ko sa buhay ko, na bibigyan niya ako ng isang anak.”
In parting, Korina gave her husband a message: “Honey, I’m very proud of you. I’m very honored to be your wife and I will love you forever.”
Article by ANYA SANTOS (Manila Bulletin)