Pokwang Airs Thoughts On Ex-Partner Lee O’Brian’s Deportation

Pokwang bears daughter Malia’s welfare in mind

Pokwang has spoken up about her ex-partner Lee O’Brian’s deportation—a year after her persistent petition to send the American actor back to the United States for illegal working terms. 

By the authority exercised by the Bureau of Immigration, Pokwang’s grievances have been fruitful in deporting the 49-year-old American actor back to his home country on Monday, April 8, 2024. 

In an exclusive interview with “Fast Talk with Boy Abunda” aired on Thursday, April 11, 2024, the comedian offers a soft side of her in addressing Lee’s termination. 

As she puts it, the move is necessary for them to start all over again—making sure that they both find resolve in providing the best support and resources for their kid Malia O’Brian. 

Pokwang says, “Para sa ikabubuti naming dalawa and para makapag-hanapbuhay na rin siya nang maayos, ako rin ganoon. 

Para makapag-provide kami nang mas maayos para sa anak namin. Kasi kapag nandito siya, alam ko, hindi naman siya makakapag-hanapbuhay dito. Puwes, paano siya makakapag-support sa anak niya? Ganoon din naman ako, ‘di ba?” 

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Pokwang has also hinted on some lapses that Lee had been experiencing when he was still in the Philippines. However, the comedian disclosed very little of it, and just routed the topic back to the welfare of their kid.

She says, “Habang nandito siya, ang daming nakakarating sa akin na hindi maganda na may katibayan naman, lalong hindi ako nakakapagtrabaho. Kawawa lang yung bata kasi hindi kami makapaghanapbuhay pareho.

With all things considered, Pokwang says that the prime reason for work is to provide for Malia—and it would not be as effective if Lee’s presence would continue to rattle her out of lane. 

Is Pokwang still open to co-parent Malia with Lee O’Brian? 

While Pokwang presses on her decision to go about her life without Lee, she still emphasizes that she will welcome any parental initiatives from the American actor. 

Pokwang says, “When it comes to karapatan niya kay Malia, hindi ko naman yon ipagdadamot. Basta ayusin lang niya ang buhay niya. Ano pa rin ang mangyari, tatay pa rin siya ni Malia. Hindi ko aalisin yun.”

Just as much, Pokwang blesses Malia of her right to decide should she want to pursue life in the U.S. with her father. 

She says, “Kung gusto ni Malia pumunta doon, then go, fine. Kung gusto niya na dalawin siya ni Malia sa Amerika, okay go. Ihahatid ko pa, basta ibabalik niya sa akin.” 

In the end, Pokwang only wishes for Lee to find his own resolve in career and life in general—even if his ex-partner is already past his prime. 

Lee’s deportation was mainly from Pokwang’s effort to terminate the American national out of the country over unlicensed working conditions. 

The complaint includes attestation about Lee’s unregistered services for several production companies in the Philippines without any pertinent papers from the Department of Labor and Employment and Bureau of Immigration. 

READ ALSO: Pokwang Files Petition To Deport Ex-Partner Lee O’Brian; Lee Files Counter Affidavit

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