INHERITANCE issues on the maternal side of the Cruz family could be the root of the conflict between Sen. Grace Poe and her cousin, actress Sheryl Cruz.
“There were talks that Sheryl was just jealous that’s why she made a scene. There’s an issue within the family over inheritance,” a source close to the Cruz family told The Manila Times.
The senator, however, has chosen to take the high road in the family drama that her cousin attempted to set off this week. In response to Sheryl’s statement that she believes Poe will be more prepared to seek the presidency in another six years, the source said the senator sought love and respect for her younger cousin instead.
“I thank Sheryl for her opinion and concern for us. As family, we will continue to give her the love and respect she deserves,” Poe said in a statement.
The senator’s mother, Philippine Movie Queen Susan Roces, on the other hand, is reportedly impervious to the issue.
Shrugging her shoulders, Roces was quoted as saying, “Well, that is her opinion. I have nothing to say about that.”
Roces, whose sister, Rosemarie Sonora, is Cruz’s mother, maintains that her daughter will not offer herself for such a huge responsibility as the presidency if she was unprepared for the job.
With Cruz, a 1980s teen star, trying to grab the spotlight after Poe’s announcement to run for President, it is but natural that the family’s supporters have started to bring up the actress’ decade-long rift with her paternal cousins.
Her celebrity cousins Geneva Cruz and Sunshine Cruz had snubbed her for a long time after she failed to come home when her father, actor Ricky Belmonte, died in 2001.
Cruz married a Filipino-American named Norman Bustos in 1996 with whom she lived in the United States for 12 years until their divorce in 2008.
Cruz’s only brother, Renzo Cruz, meanwhile, stated for the record that the entire Cruz clan supports Poe’s bid for the presidency.