Pacquiao hits back over Krista issue

Posted at 11/18/09 12:27 AM

MANILA – Amid persistent speculations about his alleged affair with sexy star Krista Ranillo, People’s Champ Manny Pacquiao has lashed back at his detractors for focusing too much on his private life instead of his feat.

“Kaya siguro tayo hindi umaasenso, pinakikialaman nila ang personal na buhay ng iba. Ang sa akin, siguro pagtuunan lang [natin] ng pansin [ang] dapat trabahuhin [natin]. Hindi ‘yong private life [ko],” Pacquiao told ABS-CBN News.

He added: “Sana i-honor nila ‘yong na-achieve kong achievement para sa ating mga Filipino. Like what I said, alisin muna natin ang tinatawag nating crab mentality. Nakikiusap ako sa inyong lahat na… magkaisa tayong lahat para masaya tayong lahat.”

The People’s Champ, however, still refused to put all speculations to rest.

“No comment ako about that issue. Tahimik lang ako. Bahala na silang mag magke-kuwento,” he said.

Speculations about Pacquiao and Ranillo’s alleged affair surfaced after the two began shooting for their film “Wapakman.” Rumor has it that the two were spotted spending time together in Hong Kong.

Ranillo’s talent manager, Arnold Vegafria, has already dismissed the speculations, saying that the boxer and the sexy star were just “good friends.”

The rumors have reportedly put a strain on Pacquiao’s marriage. This was apparent during a Thanksgiving mass held after his bout with Miguel Cotto in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Pacquiao’s wife, Jinkee, burst into tears as the priest, in his homily, talked about love and the importance of family.

Footage showed that Pacquiao tried to console Jinkee but she shunned him. She instead turned to her female friend for comfort.

Meanwhile, when asked if Ranillo was aware of the rumors, Vegafria said: "She's very aware of what's happening but she just laughed it off. And I spoke to her, she denied it. Sabi niya sa akin Manny is a married man and hindi siya pwedeng makisali. So ganoon, hanggang friends lang.” - Report from Mario Dumaual, ABS-CBN News