Carlene Aguilar's interview on The Buzz last November 18 seemed to turn the tide of the word war between her and Cristine Reyes. They decided to peacefully talk things over and mutually end an issue that obviously stressed both of them.
The November 18 interview featured a calm and objective Carlene as she explained her side to the story. Cristine and her lawyer, Atty. Dexter Lacuanan, happened to be watching the show on that day; they discussed it over the phone and Cristine decided to meet up with Carlene to settle the issue amicably. Atty. Lacuanan then called up Cristy Fermin so that he could talk to Carlene, who was still in the studio at that time.
"Tinawagan kami ni Ms. Yabut, yung VP ng The Buzz," Carlene related. "After daw kasi napanood ni Atty. Lacuanan yung interview ko last Sunday sa The Buzz, parang tinatanong nila kung gusto nila ako makipag-ayos or makipag-usap."
In a separate interview with Atty. Lacuanan, he said, "I saw her [Carlene's] sincerity, I saw her pain. So what I did was, I initially called my client [Cristine] and also asked for her reaction. She felt Carlene's pain and she likewise understands where Carlene is coming from. I called up Cristy Fermin and asked for help to contact Carlene."
When news reached Carlene, she didn't think twice about a settlement, although she felt unsure if she was ready for the meeting.
"Sabi ko, sige para matapos na lahat ng problema at huwag na mahantong sa mas malaking problema. So, pumayag na din ako. Aaminin ko din na medyo mixed emotions kasi hindi ko alam kung ready na ba akong makipag-usap or ano'ng feeling kung makikita ko na siya," said Carlene.
Carlene and Cristine met up at the Rembrandt Hotel in Quezon City last November 23. Both women cried as they hugged and shook hands after sharing an intimate conversation. The tension felt by both parties before the meeting was finally shattered and the atmosphere became harmonious.
An equally relieved Atty. Lacuanan announced: "We would like to announce that both parties have already come to an agreement. We have decided that it was all a big misunderstanding. Part of the agreement was [that] both parties will no longer make any statements against each other.
"So on Monday [November 26], I would be filing, or on the next few days, file the appropriate documents to withdraw the case of slander and oral defamation which we filed against Carlene."
A happy Carlene said, "No worries na po. Sobrang saya lang talaga na tapos na itong problema na ito. Makaka-concentrate na ako sa anak ko at sa pamilya."
She added, "Wala na lahat ng wall, nawala lahat ng harang. Pagkakamay namin parang... yun na."
For her part, Cristine said, "Sobrang nakalma na at parang nabunutan ka ng tinik. Makakatulog ka na nga din sa gabi."
Carlene, who showed Cristine a photo of her son with Dennis Trillo, Calix Andreas, said, "Na-realize ko din na hindi naman siya ang kaaway, nagkaintindihan na kami."
How is Carlene after the storm?
"Sobrang saya ko at hindi ko ma-explain na gaano ka saya dahil iba ang feeling," expressed Carlene.
What did Atty. Lacuana tell her that made her agree to the attorney's request for a meeting with Cristine?
"Isa lang sinabi niya at yun ay naiintindihan daw ako ni Cristine. Para sa akin, okay na ‘yon," she said.
"Natuldukan," Cristy pointed out, "ang kaso sa pagitan ninyo ni Christine. Nasaan si Dennis Trillo sa lahat ng ito?"
"Nasa kalawakan!" Carlene joked, probably referring it to the show where Dennis stars, Zaido. "Hindi ko po alam."
In a more serious tone, Carlene ended, "Alam na po ng taong ‘yon kung ano ang ipinaglalaban ko para sa kanya. Sapat na ‘yon siguro at hanggang dun na lang talaga. Kahit na sabihin pa na mahal ko siya, hindi po sapat na pagmamahal ko lang. Kaya ko nang mabuhay nang wala siya. After what happened, kailangan ko nang mag-isip."