Jennylyn Mercado 'not bothered' by Ryza Cenon's charges

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Ryzaaccuses Jennylyn of sending profane text messages, verbal threats, physical harm.


Young star Jennylyn Mercado said she was “not bothered” by the accusations of fellow GMA-7 contact artist Ryza Cenon that appeared on the December issue of the showbiz news magazine Hi!.

In an interview with the GMA-7 show biz talk show S-Files on November 19, Jennylyn said: “I want to give her [Ryza] the benefit of the doubt. We haven’t seen each other for a long time.”

She also added, “Tungkol naman sa issue, I’m not bothered at all. I’m just curious kung bakit niya sinabi yon. Kasi if the statement is true, unfair naman sa akin. As far as I’m concerned, we’re not close naman. But we’re in speaking terms. Best if I ask her, personally when I get the chance to see her. I can’t please everyone.”

In the her interview with Hi!, Ryza accused Jennylyn of sending her profane text messages, verbal threats, and even physical harm in an incident that happened during one of their rehearsals for an undisclosed GMA-7 show. Ryza alleged that Jennylyn bumped her on purpose, causing her to stumble.

“Nagkasabay kami ng rehearsal, magkasama kami sa dance. Natapos na yung rehearsal ko, nauna akong umalis sa kanya. After nun, biglang kasunod ko na siya sa likod. Magkatabi kami ng P.A. [personal assistant] ko na naglalakad. Tapos dun siya dumaan sa gitna. Talagang hindi siya nag-excuse. Hindi siya nag-sorry. Natalisod ako,” Ryza narrated in the Hi! interview.

Ryza said she forwarded the profane text messages to Starstruck director Rommel Gacho. Copies of these messages had then spread to the entertainment press until it reached GMA Artist Center.

“Tine-text niya ako, minumura niya ako. Sabi niya, ‘baguhan ka lang. Kaya kitang pabagsakin,” Ryza added.

According to Ryza, all these incidents happened last year. Ryza said the incidents stemmed from accusations that she caused the break-up of Jennylyn and her real-life boyfriend at that time, Mark Herras.

Jennylyn and Mark were the first Ultimate Survivors, or grand champions, of GMA-7’s reality-based talent search, Starstruck in 2003. Ryza and fellow GMA-7 contract artist Mike Tan were the Starstruck Ultimate Survivors of the succeeding year.

Rumors spread last year that Ryza was caught kissing Mark on an airplane flight to a foreign show. She denied this in the same Hi! interview, saying “Ni hindi kami magkatabi ni Mark! Paano mo magagawa yun na ang daming tao? Marami ring artista.”

Ryza recounted that she and Mark had been close due to their pairing as siblings in the 2005 film, Lovestruck. But she said she was not interested in Mark because of his “playboy” image.

Meanwhile, in an S-Files interview on November 19, Ryza apologized to GMA Artist Center, which according to her, was dismayed over her actions. Ryza had accused GMA Artist Center of favoritism in the same Hi! magazine interview, when she revealed that the talent management arm of GMA-7 had been siding with network artists “na mas maraming projects,” referring to Jennylyn.

Unknown to Ryza at the time of the interview, GMA Artist Center had reprimanded Jennylyn after its executives received forwarded copies of the profane text messages the Starstruck 2 ultimate survivor was claiming.

“Nag-sorry po ako sa Artist Center kasi sila po talaga yung na-disappoint sa mga sinabi ko. Kaya ako [nagsalita] para matapos na, ayoko nang lumaki pa. Parte yun e. May mga comments talaga na dapat tanggapin.”

In a separate interview with another GMA-7 showbiz talk show, Startalk, on November 18, the young actress explained that she only wanted to be heard.

“Kasi gusto kong ipaliwanag yung side ko about dun sa issue, hindi ninyo ako binigyan ng chance para pakinggan ako. Yung feeling ko ako lang yung may mali, in-accuse na ako kaagad na ako yung may kasalanan, ako yung may mali,” Ryza said.

Ryza said she was retracting her published statements against GMA Artist Center.

“Pero nung sinabi n’yo sa akin na pinagsabihan n’yo rin si Jen, okay na po sa akin yun. Wala na po sa akin ‘yun. Ngayon ko lang nalaman na ganun pala, pantay po yung trato n'yo [sa amin]. Sorry po kung may nasabi man ako [at] nasaktan ko po kayo. Sorry.”

In the S-Files interview, Ryza said she had moved on since those incidents last year.

“Dati pa yun. Bago pa ako nun. Yun yung naramdaman ko. Ikinuwento ko lang. Siguro ganun lang po yung ugali niya [Jennylyn]. Hindi ko rin po kasi ma-ride minsan.”

She admitted her mistake in the Startalk interview, saying she should have talked to GMA Artist Center directly and not air her grievances to the press.

“Parang nilabas ko lang po talaga yung mga sama ng loob ko pero mali, mali po talaga as in mali. Dapat sa inyo ko mismo sinabi [ng] personal. Sa inyo mismo hindi sa [Hi! Magazine] writer, sorry po.”

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