Cristine Reyes reiterated her apology to Ara Mina on Wednesday after the public apology she issued in a live interview on “The Buzz” on Sunday had failed to appease her elder half-sister.
“Sana magkaayos na kami ni Ate. Medyo matagal na po ang issue at marami nang nadamay. Kaya nagpapakumbaba na po ako para humingi ng tawad sa ate ko,” the actress said in a statement.
Ara filed charges of libel and grave coercion against Cristine in April after receiving a series of offensive text messages from Cristine over a financial dispute involving the sharing of payment for a property they had bought for their mother.
Ara had told media that she filed the case to teach Cristine a lesson and only a sincere public apology from the latter would make her withdraw it.
On Monday, Ara questioned the sincerity of Cristine’s apology on “The Buzz” and said she did not see enough remorse to reconsider her case.
Cristine, whose full name is Ara Marie Cristine Reyes, said she is very sorry that their feud has gotten out of hand.
“Nakakalungkot pong isipin na lumaki ng ganito ang misunderstanding namin ni Ate,” she said. “Nung una pa lang gusto ko nang mapag-usapan namin ang issue para makapag-explain at magkaintindihan.”
Cristine said she has sent several text messages to Ara requesting for a private meeting so she can apologize personally.
Cristine said Ara has not responded to any of them. ”Hindi pa po siguro siya handa na makipag-meet sa akin in private para subukang maayos ang mga bagay-bagay,” she surmised.
“Sorry na may ibang mga taong nasaktan at patuloy na nasasaktan dahil sa conflict,” she said.
Cristine is aware of the negative public perception the controversy has brought upon her. She is appealing for understanding and asking people to withhold their judgment until the issue has been resolved.
“Nakakalungkot na may humuhusga na sa akin, lalo na sa pagiging sincere ko. Wala naman po sigurong tao ang ayaw na nagkakasundo ang kanyang mga mahal sa buhay, lalo na ang sariling pamilya,” she said.