Herbert Bautista apologizes to Kris Aquino, Mel Sarmiento for 'loose remark:' 'It was certainly inappropriate and a mistake'

Published November 20, 2021, 10:23 AM

by Stephanie Bernardino

The post has already been taken down.

But the controversy continues.

Actor-politician Herbert Bautista was quick to apologize after former Secretary of the Interior and Local Government Mel Sarmiento called him out for harping on his romantic past with Kris Aquino on social media.

Herbert admitted the “loose remark unjustifiably hurt feelings.”

“It was certainly inappropriate and a mistake,” he acknowledged.

“My profuse apologies to Kris.”

In another post, Herbert reiterated his apology, directly addressing Kris: “Alam kong maaalagaan ka nya, and I can see that you’re happier now. Aminado ako, I know I have not been good enough.”

“Still regretting the chance I didn’t take. You deserve better. (expressionless face emoji).”

Note that Herbert’s now deleted post is about him nursing a broken heart.

It read: “Mr. President Ping @iampinglacson, na-inspire din tuloy akong mag-propose. Kaso, sayang… may napili na po sya. (broken heart emojis).”

He also used the hashtags “#KungMaibabalikKoLang” and “#TOTGA” which is the abbreviation for “the one that got away.”

Many believe that Herbert is referring to the publicized engagement of Queen of All Media Kris Aquino and Mel.

Here’s Mel’s statement on the matter:

“Although Mayor Herbert Bautista has already taken down his post which obviously referred to Kris, I just wish that this would serve as a reminder that talking about past flames in public is improper and ungentlemanlike.

“As a former public servant now seeking a seat in the Senate, he should know better than dragging other people to get public attention.

“Hindi po showbiz ang Senado. People would appreciate it more if he would talk about his credentials to woo our people’s votes.

“Mas magandang accomplishments niya bilang public servant ang ilahad niya sa publiko sa halip na ang mga nakalipas niyang karelasyon.”