San Miguel Corporation (SMC) president and chief operating officer Ramon Ang has vehemently denied rumors linking him to actress Julia Barretto.
In a statement provided by Public Relations of SMC, Ang said linking him to Julia is “malicious.”
The 65-year-old billionaire stressed that he does not recall ever meeting the 22-year-old Kapamilya star and at such a young age, he said Julia can be his own grandchild.
“Never ko pa po nakilala si Julia Barretto. Nakita nyo naman po ang edad nya, parang apo ko na,” Ang said.
“Kaya ito pong mga storya na ito ay ‘malicious,'” he added.
Ang then urged the public to not focus on these kind of issues because it will never contribute to the progress of the country.
“Huwag na po natin pagbigyan ng pansin, at mas marami pa po tayong kailangan gawin para mapabuti ang bansa natin,” he noted.
However, Ang said it is not impossible that his own grandchildren could be friends with Julia someday.
“Siguro paglaki pa ng kaunti ng mga sarili kong apo, pwede silang maging magkakaibigan,” he noted.
According to Forbes, Ang is the eighth richest Filipino in the Philippines, standing at a net worth of $2.8 billion.
The rumor about Ang’s alleged relationship with Julia became the topic of some tabloids yesterday, following the latter’s mother’s exclusive interview with TV Patrol on Tuesday night.
In the said interview, Marjorie Barretto has denied rumor that she’s peddling her daughters to rich businessmen.
“My children are not for sale. I don’t even have very much wealthy friends to sell my children to,” Marjorie said.
“My children work very, very hard. My youngest daughter is a good student in college in Ateneo. Matitino po ang mga anak ko,” she added.