Yesterday, October 15, talent manager and TV host Lolit Solis wrote in her Pilipino Star Ngayon column that she saw two male celebrities together at the Treasure Island coffee shop located at the Sofitel Hotel in Manila. She identified the pair as Piolo Pascual and Sam Milby, adding that she caught them in a moment of sweet intimacy, exchanging whispers.
PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) was able to obtain two separate statements from a Timex representative and from a staff of Sofitel's poolside coffee shop where Manay Solis was supposed to have seen Piolo and Sam.
The staff from Treasure Island coffee shop claimed to have seen neither Piolo nor Sam during her shift from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. This contradicts Lolit's story that she saw Piolo and Sam at around 4 p.m.
Another defense came from Gemma Pagsibingan, product manager for Timex, a watch brand endorsed by Piolo. She sent Timex's statement by text message:
"Hmmm, how could that be possible? Piolo's call time for the Timex shoot was 4 p.m., but as usual, Piolo was early and came to the shoot at 3:30 p.m. at Raymund Isaac's studio in Makati. There were 20-25 people, including another Timex endorser Angel Locsin, at that time. Ang nakita naming sweet ay ang photos nina Piolo-Angel together."
Gemma added, "That's the truth. Kawawa naman si Piolo. In fact, I was worried that he came early again kasi maghihintay siya. But ganoon talaga 'yon. One shoot nga, nauna pa siya sa aming lahat. You can ask even the fotog, Raymund. Even if you ask each one in the shoot, they would say the same thing."
PEP also managed to get a statement from the camp of Manay Lolit. The feisty talent manager is standing by what she saw.
"Siguradong-sigurado ako. Nakasalamin ako, pero malinaw ang mga mata ko," said Manay Lolit to an entertainment writer when asked if she was sure it was Piolo and Sam she saw that afternoon.
"Wala namang masama kung kumain o lumabas ang dalawang lalake, kasi ginagawa rin naman 'yan nina Bong [Revilla] at Rudy [Fernandez]. Normal lang naman 'yon. Nagulat lang ako nang nagmamadali silang umalis nang marinig nilang [Piolo and Sam] tinawag ng waiter ang pangalan ko." (Bong and Rudy are Manay Lolit's wards).
Manay Lolit went on to say that the waiter of Treasure Island coffee shop even told her that Piolo and Sam are frequent visitors of the place.