A month ago, it seemed that the heated exchange between celebrity mom Annabelle Rama and entertainment columnist Dolly Anne Carvajal would never end. The argument was sparked by the latter's column, which carried a translated news item from Turkey that called Yilmaz Bektas—Ruffa Gutierrez's estranged husband and Annabelle Rama's son-in-law—a son of a "drug smuggler."
PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) caught up with IC Mendoza, Dolly Anne's son, at the presscon for Style Eye Catchers model search, which will be holding its grand finals on August 11 at Glorietta Park 3. The junket was his first stint as a public relations head.
"Mom ko kasi nasa Malaysia so ang iniwan lang niyang numbers, e, mga taga-broadsheet. Lahat ng iba, ako nag-contact! Ang hirap pala ng ginagawa ng mga PR and ng press. Natutuwa ako kasi in fairness na-pull off ko. May mga pumunta! Sobrang saya," he said excitedly.
When asked about his mom's feud with the Gutierrez's, the 19-year-old actor said that the storm has passed. He mentioned that he bumped into Raymond Gutierrez, one of Annabelle's brood, in Embassy, The Fort.
"In fairness to Raymond, ang bait niya. Nagkatabi kami. Siya ang nagsimula ng conversation. I don't know him personally para i-approach niya ako ng ganoon. Noong nakita niya ako, sabi niya sa akin, ‘Hey! I'm sorry about the stuff that's happening with our parents.' Sabi ko, ‘It's okay. We don't have to be involved naman.' So iyon," IC narrated.
He stressed, "Sobrang may class talaga si Raymond."
IC admitted that the controversy affected their family.
"Siyempre, puro emotional support. Sobrang parati kong sinasabi na ‘Mommy relax lang.' Kasi nase-stress talaga siya sa Annabelle issue. In fairness to them [Gutierrez camp], Mommy ko talaga hindi siya nauuga sa mga issue, ngayon, medyo naapektuhan si Mommy," he revealed.
He added, "Naapektuhan talaga ako kasi Mommy ko ‘yon tapos ginaganoon-ganoon nila. Nakaka-bad-trip kasi reporter ang Mom ko. Hindi naman siya artista. Sinulat niya ‘yon na may question mark, patanong. Sana in-approach na lang nila si Mommy kung na-offend sila sa column niya... Pero may tiwala naman ako sa Mommy ko. I stand by her. Alam ko naman na tama ‘yong sinulat niya at ‘yong paninindigan niya tama rin. Maraming magte-testify don."
Now that he already made a connection with one Gutierrez, is he planning to make a move to mediate a reconciliation?"Siguro mangyayari naman talaga iyon. Hindi naman talaga ako involved. Hindi ko naman kakilala ang mga Gutierrez. I'm sure ‘yong pagbabati nila, it will take its course. Hindi ko na kailangan gumawa ng paraan. Magkikita at magkikita rin sila eventually. Maliit lang naman ang showbiz. Mommy ko naman malambot naman ang puso noon, behind that hard exterior. Hindi ko naman sila kilala pero friend naman sila ng lola [Inday Badiday] ko and para ma-honor lang naman ang lola ko, sana magbati na," he ended hopefully.