Padilla and Barretto recently starred in the latest summer-themed ad for Pepsi, while Bernardo is endorsing Coca-Cola.
Gil said it is not right for Barretto to be judged for something she did for work.
“Hindi kami pumipili kung anong trabaho namin. They ask us to be part of it so siyempre kapag kinukuha kami, siyempre we are going to do it. Work is an opportunity so siyempre ginagawa lang namin ang trabaho namin,” he said.
Defending his “Mirabella” leading lady, Gil said it would be more appropriate if Padilla and Bernardo’s fans would support the two individually as well.
“I think it’s unfair. Para sa akin, it’s just a commercial. Hindi naman kami pumipili. Walang kamalay-malay yung tao bina-bash for no reason at all. It’s the same thing na what if yung fans naman ni Julia ang mag-bash kay Daniel for him being there not me? Para sa akin, it’s unfair talaga,” he said.
In a separate interview last week, Padilla stressed that he and Barretto only have a professional relationship. “Magkasama kami sa commercial ni Julia. Trabaho po ‘yun. Ganun talaga.”
The 19-year-old actor said he and Bernardo never talked about him being paired with Barretto because it is a non-issue for them.
“Hindi naman po namin napag-uusapan… Ang importante masaya kami. Sobrang importante ni [Kathryn],” he said.
Asked if this means Bernardo no longer feels bothered when he gets linked to other actresses, Padilla said, “Hindi naman po ako nali-link sa iba. Hindi na lang namin iniisip.” (MNS)