"Because of the malicious attribution and implication that I was involved in an illegal activity, it is with no doubt that my reputation, honor, and virtue was tarnished and destroyed," says talent manager Annabelle Rama in her complaint-affidavit for the libel case she filed against young actress Ynna Asistion and tabloid editor Janice Navida.

Photo: Noel Orsal

Isinampa ni Annabelle Rama sa Makati Regional Trial Court kahapon, February 23, ang 20-million libel case laban sa kanyang talent na si Alynna Alexandra Asistio—na kilala sa showbiz bilang Ynna Asistio.

Bukod kay Ynna, kinasuhan din ni Annabelle ng libel ang Bulgar entertainment editor na si Janice Navida dahil ito ang sumulat ng artikulong lumabas sa nabanggit na tabloid noong February 1, 2012.

Kasama ni Annabelle na nagpunta sa Makati Regional Trial Court ang kanyang mga talent na sina Bubbles Paraiso at Michelle Madrigal.

Ginawang witnesses ni Annabelle ang dalawang sexy stars na magpapatunay raw na walang katotohanan ang akusasyon na "ibinubugaw" ng talent manager ang mga alaga nito.

Sa kanyang eight-page sworn complaint-affidavit, isinalaysay ni Annabelle ang puno't dulo ng desisyon niyang sampahan ng libel case sina Asistio at Navida.

Narito ang kabuuang complaint-affidavit ni Annabelle:

"I am an artist and talent manager by profession who manages the business concerns and careers of various entertainment artists, and part of my duties and functions is to handle any and all negotiations and contracts between my clients and producers or companies who wish to engage their services.

"As an artist and talent manager, my actions have always been under the painful scrutiny of the public and subjected to the discriminating eyes of my critics.

"This reality, however, never daunted nor dissuaded me from continuing to live a life in the service for others for I have vowed to direct all my efforts and actions to help improve the careers of each and of my talents, a difficult feat, but certainly not out of reach.

"As an artist and talent manager, my reputation is of utmost importance to me. Certainly, no artist would even dream of being managed by a person known for her questionable character and integrity. It is for this reason that I have always been prudent with my actions and even if there were certain instances when the public would somehow disapprove of my actions, I still believe that it was definitely called for and within the bounds of law specially to protect the interest of my talents.

LIBELOUS STATEMENTS. "On 01 February 2012, while at my residence at 2170 Paraiso Street, Dasmariñas Village, Makati City, I was shocked and dismayed to read an article in BULGAR, a newspaper of general circulation, to which respondents caused the publication of libelous statements against me.

"The foregoing statement seriously cast doubt upon my honor, integrity and reputation thereby gravely affecting my standing as an artist and talent manager.

"Moreover, the libelous statements had also affected my family and talents for it has caused dishonor and discredit upon my person and the talents who are associated with me.

THE CONSPIRACY. "On 01 February 2012, Ms. Asistio in conspiracy with Ms. Navida, caused the publication of the libelous news article in BULGAR.