Isabelle can handle 'wars' over Dingdong, says mom

Posted at 10/02/12 5:58 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- Actress and former beauty queen Gloria Diaz expressed confidence that her daughter, TV host Isabelle Daza, can handle "wars" that may erupt over her being romantically linked to an actor who is currently in a long-term relationship.

Isabelle Daza. File photo

"Alam mo, kaya ni Belle 'yan. Belle is a basketball player. She's a soccer player," Diaz told reporters on Monday night, when asked if her daughter is "prepared" for a possible "war" with actress Marian Rivera, the girlfriend of actor Dingdong Dantes.

In recent weeks, Daza has been romantically linked to Dantes, whose relationship with Rivera started in late 2008.

Rivera is known to have figured in public spats with women who were linked to Dantes during their relationship.

"But [Isabelle] is not the type to get somebody else's boyfriend. Hindi siya 'yung tipong ganun eh, nang-aagaw," said Diaz, who maintains there is no truth to a supposed blooming romance between Dantes and her daughter.

"I think they've only met once during the pictorials and everything. I haven't seen any flowers at home or chocolates... So baka hindi totoo," she added.

In April, Daza and Dantes were launched as the endorsers of a clothing line's specialized consumer card.

The veteran actress, however, also expressed concern over the controversy.

"Huwag lang sana siya awayin ng kung sinu-sino diyan. Kasi hindi niya kaya 'yan, mababa ang luha ni Belle eh, baka mapaiyak," Diaz said.

"Kasi she's really like that. She's very sensitive, and she's not the type. Hindi siya sanay sa bakbakan," she added.