People quickly took sides. Cesar’s ex wife, Sunshine Cruz, said at the presscon of “Wildflower”, where she plays Maja Salvador’s mother, that she and her three daughters with Cesar all support Diego. “I’m really very worried about him but we’re just here to support him,” she says. “I know him at mabait siyang bata. Pumupunta siya sa bahay at nakikipaglaro sa sisters niya. Nandito kaming mga nagmamahal sa kanya at sa kanya ina, si Teresa. Ever since, I’m really close to them.”
Some folks also brought up the suicide of Cesar's eldest son, Angelo, who took his own life at 23 some years ago. Cesar is currently head of the Tourism Promotions Board and he wisely chooses to remain quiet as of now. Some folks defend him saying it's not good for Diego to badmouth his own dad in public. "Baka magaya siya kay Julia Barretto na bumagsak ang career nang magka-conflict sa ama niyang si Dennis Padilla," says one kibitzer. To which another one quips: "Wala pa namang career na babagsak si Diego, e."