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Actress Jaclyn Jose strongly vowed support for her daughter, "The Greatest Love" star Andi Eigenmann, over growing criticism that she had wronged actor Albie Casiño when she accused him of being the father of her only child.
In an interview with ABS-CBN News' MJ Felipe on Wednesday, this year's Cannes Best Actress said she will protect her daughter and granddaughter Ellie "with her life" from the rampant bashing.
"I will always love Andi and Ellie. And as I've said, I will protect them with my life. Hindi ko bibitawan iyang dalawa na iyan, kadugtong na ng buhay ko [sila] eh," she said.
Jose, however, refused to comment on reports, quoting Andi's half-sister, that Jake Ejercito is the biological father of Ellie. She explained that she is in no position to comment on such private matters.
"I can't talk about that kasi nandoon lang po ako sa anak ko si Andi at apo ko si Ellie. Hanggang doon lang po ang puwede kong sabihin," she said.
Last month, Max, Andi's half-sister, revealed in an online podcast that a DNA test has proved that Ejercito is the real father of Ellie.
Andi has since released a statement asking for privacy, but did not confirm nor deny Max's claims. Casiño, on the other hand, expressed relief over the news, saying that he is "happy that the truth is out."
After the news of Max's revelation broke, many have started demanding that Andi apologize to Casiño for dragging his name into her pregnancy controversy, hampering the early parts of his career as an actor.
According to Jose, Andi is doing well despite the criticisms. "We're very good now. She's good. Everybody's good in the family. Intact lang kami, buo ang loob, kapit kapit, walang hihiwalay, at kung madapa ang isa, madadapa ang lahat," she said.
She continued: "Basta ang importante sa amin ay nagmamahalan kami at nagsusuportahan kaming magpapamilya, magkakahawak kami at sa lahat ng laban ay hindi ko iiwanan si Andi at si Ellie."