The threatening text message reportedly received by young actress Valerie Concepcion last December 3 was nothing but a prank. This was according to Manny Pacquaio's good friend, Reli de Leon.
Initial reports said that Manny's wife Jinky, after seeing a clip of the torrid kissing scene between her husband and the young actress, sent a text message, saying: "This is Jinkee Pacquiao. I saw you on TV with my husband in a kissing scene. How sweet! Ito lang ang masasabi ko, kung isa ka rin sa may balak na manira at sisirain pamilya ko, hindi kita uurungan o kaya gusto mo puntahan kita sa Wowowee at ipagsigawan ang kalandian mo. Balita ko, naghahanap ka ng bahay. So, pera ba kailangan mo? Subukan mo mga binabalak, lalabanan kita."
Stunned but composed, Valerie decided not to retaliate until she was certain that the message indeed came from Jinky.
The young actress could only defend herself through entertainment columnist Vinia Vivar by saying, "Hindi naman po ako pumapatol sa may asawa na, hindi po ako ganu'n."
Valerie's manager Becky Aguila assured Mrs. Pacquiao that her ward was simply doing her job and the prospect of entering into a relationship with the boxing icon is absurd.
"I assure her na hindi gagawin ni Val na sirain ang pamilya nila. Kilala ko ‘yung bata. She may had her mistakes when she was young but she has learned her lesson. Besides, Val is not the kind who gets involved with a married man," explained Becky.
According to Vinia Vivar in her Pang Masa column today, she got a call yesterday from Reli who was personally tapped by the Pacquiao's to clear the issue on their behalf.
"Nakausap ko si Jinky," said Reli, "at idini-deny niya na nag-text siya kay Valerie. Sabi niya, she can't do that. Jinky is an educated person and she won't go down to that level. Even at the height of [the] Ara Mina thing, hindi niya ‘yan ginawa."
Manny was previously linked to sexy actress Ara Mina, his leading lady in their movie Anak ng Kumander.
Spokesperson Reli de Leon also talked with Becky and asked for the number of the prankster, citing similar incidents in the past.
"May mga na-encounter na rin kasi sina Jinky na ganyan, may mga nagte-text kay Jinky ng kung anu-ano at puwedeng isang tao lang ang gumagawa niyan. Alam mo naman, maraming gustong sumira sa pangalan ng mag-asawa, marahil dahil sa inggit," Reli surmised.