MANILA, Philippines – After taking a leave of absence for more than a year, veteran broadcast journalist Korina Sanchez
wants to fully resume her radio and television career on ABS-CBN.
In her first media interview after the May 10 elections, Sanchez, wife of defeated Liberal Party (LP) vice presidential bet Manuel “Mar” Roxas II
, said she is having a “series of meetings” with network's executives to discuss what’s next for her.“Ready na akong bumalik. It now depends kung ano ang babalikan ko, kung ano ang puwede. Sabi ko ‘Citizen Mar’ naman si Mar ngayon, so I don’t see any reason why I can’t go back to my former platforms,”
She clarified, however, that it’s still all up to the ABS-CBN management.“So, kung sensitive sila sa parang hangover from the campaign and the elections, kahit palipasin ‘yon it's really fine with me. I will always be with them so it really all depends on what we talk about,”
In 2009, Sanchez, 45, took a leave of absence from ABS-CBN after she got engaged to the 53-year-old former senator, who was then aiming for a presidential run.
She used to co-host "Tambalan Failon at Sanchez" on radio dzMM and was an anchor of ABS-CBN's late night news program, "Bandila."
She, however, continues to host her award-winning TV magazine program, “Rated K,” every Sunday even during her leave.
According to Sanchez, some have suggested that she work in tandem with former Vice President Noli de Castro on radio dzMM. She said she would be glad to work with him, but it still depends on the outcome of her meetings with ABS-CBN management.
Sanchez used to host “Magandang Umaga Po” with De Castro.
When asked if she was willing to accept a government post, Sanchez said she prefers to continue her work as a journalist.“Talagang love ko ang pagiging journalist ko, pagsusulat, radyo at TV.... ‘Yan talaga ang medyo na-miss ko... I’m looking forward to going back,”
she said.Baby coming soon?
For the past months, Sanchez said she has been preoccupied with some of her pet projects.“And also my family, mga kapatid ko natututukan ko ngayon. At nababalikan ko ang pagsusulat ko, So, I’m busy with that,”
She added: “Hindi ko namalayan kasi busy kaming nangagampanya. In touch pa rin ako sa friends ko sa ABS-CBN so parang hindi ako nawala. Abreast pa din ako sa mga tsismis sa loob. Parang it hasn’t really been that long,”
Sanchez also said she is having a blast with her married life. She said she likes the fact that she now has “emotional stability” and “emotional security.”“It was really the right time to settle down kasi may edad na kami pareho. Hindi na kami petty. Wala na kami masyadong pinag-aawayan. So, recommended ko ‘yan, kailangan talaga 40 and above kayo mag-asawa. (Laughs),”
Having a baby is also part of her plan, she said. “Pinag-uusapan na din namin ‘yon. Kasi sabi sa akin ng OB-Gynecologist ko: ‘Bilisan mo na.’ Matagal na niyang sinasabi sa akin ‘yon. I kept myself healthy for the time when I’m really ready to have a child. That will be sooner than later.”Electoral protest
But she admitted that she and Roxas have been very busy with their respective work. “Hindi ko siya ma-kidnap from what he has to do. Ako naman, may ‘Rated K.’ So, ganoon na naman ang buhay namin. Pag gising ko wala na siya, tapos siya naman pag gising niya wala ako.”
Roxas, in particular, is still active in the Liberal Party. He has also filed an electoral protest questioning the results of the vice-presidential election last May 10.
Sanchez said she fully supports Roxas’s electoral protest.“Para kaming namatayan [nang matalo si Mar]…. ‘Yung protest ni Mar not necessarily to overturn the results [but] to find out what went wrong with the system…. And I fully support Mar in this, kasi biro mo tatlong milyong boto ang hindi malaman kung saan napunta,”
she said. On Kris-James marital woes
Sanchez was also asked to comment on the latest marital problems of Kris Aquino and James Yap. Both Aquino and Sanchez used to host a morning TV program on ABS-CBN.
Sanchez assured that she will always be there for Aquino, but she would rather not meddle.“It's a very sensitive time for her. Medyo personal na personal ‘yan at pumunta siya sa abroad, which tells me that she doesn’t want to be bothered,”
When asked to give a message to Aquino, Sanchez said: “Kris, you’re a grown woman and with all of the trials and obstacles that I’ve been there with you, I saw that you were able to handle all of those with flying colors. And now that you’re even more mature, I know that you know what you’re doing.”