They say a mother's love is the purest love of all. Admittedly, there are moms who express their love in the most over-the-top ways—“they won't hesitate to go against the establishment, break the law, or inadvertently make fools of themselves, all the name of maternal protection. Their children, on the other hand, just laugh off their antics or cringe in shame. Some may even enjoy the motherly attention and indulge the crazy mommy antics.
Whether or not we approve of these women's mothering techniques is beside the point. Right or wrong, perhaps they just really love their kids. SPOT.ph lists 10 of the most devoted—“and baffling—“moms in recent memory:
Claim to motherly fame: Mother of road rage murder suspect Jason Ivler
Motherhood statement: "I want everyone to know that no matter what my son did, I love him with all my heart and soul," cried Aguilar-Pollard to the media after son Jason was hurt in a shootout, arrested, and brought to the hospital on January 18, 2010.
Mommy logic: An artist-author and self-proclaimed free spirit, Aguilar-Pollard reveals in one of the essays on her website that she had a very difficult childhood. Her father reportedly applied liberal corporal punishment to her and her siblings (one of which included pop icon Freddie Aguilar). She asked, "What happens to a child who is betrayed by a parent at a young age?" This is probably why Aguilar-Pollard chose to stand by her man-child even when he's alleged to be responsible for the death of two people.
Stage mama moments: After son Jason was declared a fugitive, Aguilar-Pollard tried her best to mislead the authorities, saying that he was already in Hawaii. All the while, Jason was hidden in a specially-built storeroom in the basement of their home in Blue Ridge, Quezon City. In the aftermath, Aguilar-Pollard presented Jason's unreleased rap album, JSin in the Philippines.
Nanay verdict: Aguilar-Pollard seems to have some serious issues that can only be resolved by time and professional help. The hand that rocks the cradle may rule the world, but that hand has to know when to put a stop to a child's descent into a life of crime.
Marlene Pollard professes her undying love for son Jason
Motherhood statement: In an interview about her tiff with GMA Network's senior vice president for entertainment Wilma Galvante, Rama, who is also a talent manager, fearlessly defended her wards and her son, "Papasikatin niya (Galvante) mga trying hard niyang hawak na mga artista, wala namang talent! Puro mga bobo namang umarte! Gusto niyang pumalit sa puwesto ni Richard. Puwes, pasikatin niyang mga alaga niya. Bruha siya!"
Mommy logic: As one of the lesser-known bomba starlets in the early 1970s, Rama knows just how cutthroat the movie industry can be. This is why she's fiercer than a Tyrannosaurus Rex when it comes to protecting her children's interests. When she fires off barbs in her thick Bisaya accent—“you know she means business.
Stage mama moments: Rama does not hesitate to make a scene when she wants to protect her offspring. In the 1990s, when teenage Ruffa wanted to run away with then-boyfriend Dennis da Silva, Rama called the police and threatened to file kidnapping charges against her daughter's beloved. Then, when she felt that son Richard didn't get his fair share of star treatment at the 2008 Bench Blackout event, Rama lambasted Bench. The following year, Rama engaged in a verbal catfight with GMA Network's Wilma Galvante.
Nanay verdict: Though Rama may be mostly bark, one should get out of her way when she's on the warpath. Sticks and stones may break bones, but mama Rama's words can be painful enough to kill you with shame. To be fair, Rama's tenacious devotion to her children seems to have, for the most part, paid off. Her children are clearly grateful to have her on their side—“but they're understandably out of the picture when she's on yet another warpath.
Annabelle Rama urges daughter Ruffa's alleged boyfriend John Lloyd Cruz to be a man
Motherhood statement: In an exclusive interview with TV Patrol World in May last year, Kho had strong words for actress Katrina Halili, who accused son Hayden of being a pervert: "Ang anak ko, katino-tino hanggang matapos siya sa medisina, mabait na bata. Anong ginawa mo? Nilulon mo sa droga. Anong klase kang babae na tatawagin mo ang mga Gabriela, lahat." At one point during the said interview, Kho held up a crucifix.
Mommy logic: Kho seems to have led a sheltered life where all things are true, good, and beautiful. Therefore, she simply refuses to believe that son Hayden can do any harm.
Stage mama moments: Kho's overzealous defense of son Hayden lead to more troubles for him, as he was called in by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency to submit to a drug test. Halili also sued Kho for libel.
Nanay verdict: Kho's mothering is fueled by her powerful denial of negative things. If only she just said, "No comment." Sometimes, yes, words just get in the way.
Irene Kho: "Ayaw ko ng magsalita!"