The negative publicity and all the brouhaha incurred by herMeralco infomercial has taken its toll on young superstar Judy Ann Santos.
Judy Ann, or Juday toher friends and followers, sent a text message to her brother Jeffrey Santosexpressing her sadness over the matter, which in the span of only a few dayshas become a national political issue.
In an interview with GMA-7 News, Jeffrey revealed that Juday,who is currently in London, is alarmed by the public backlash.
"Sabi ko, 'Don't worry may mga kumakampi naman sa 'yo,'" Jeffreyassured his beleaguered sister, also through text message.
But even her brother's assuring words were not enough to ease Juday's depression.
"Sana nga may mgakakampi ako and sana naiintindihan nila ko, but I don't think so. I'm just so devastatedright now," Juday replied.
The Meralco infomercial shows the multi-awarded actressexplaining the controversial systems loss issue, defending the power companyagainst allegations of overcharging by passing unnecessary charges to the consumersto cover the firm's own expenses.
Many people reacted violently and in the process vented theirire on Juday. Last June 3, the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC)made a call asking the public to boycott Juday's film and TV projects as a showof contempt.
Immediately, Juday's longtime manager Alfie Lorenzo triedhis best to counter all the negative publicity brought about by the infomercial. He even assumed that the ad might be part of an orchestratedplan to discredit Judy Ann. Alfie, for the past couple of months, has been in arift with ABS-CBN's talent arm Star Magic. ABS-CBN and Meralco are both ownedby the Lopezes.
"Iyong galit ng mga taosa Meralco, baka naman sa kanya mapunta at magtagumpay na sila na mapabagsak siJudy Ann, so may pag-asa na silang mapasikat ang ibang artista nila[ABS-CBN]," said Alfie in a radio interview last June 3 with dzBB's MikeEnriquez.
Alfie pleaded with the public to let Judy Ann explain her side once she returnsfrom London.
"Ibigay naman natin ang side niya," asked Alfie.