(Updated) Becky Aguila feels betrayed by Mel Pulmano's recent statements

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"Kung diktador ako kagaya ng sinabi niyadito sa PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal), di sana siya nakaligtas sa akin. This is a case of betrayal of trust and confidence. Jen and Iare very sad about all this," says talent manager Becky Aguila about the casesshe and talent Jennylyn Mercado filed against former aide Mel Pulmano.


Bagama't nasa korte na ang reklamo niJennylyn Mercado laban sa kanyang handler-road manager na si Mel Pulmano, diumano'ynakakatanggap naman ngayon ng death threats ang controversial manager ni Jennylyn Mercado nasi Becky Aguila.

Through cellphone number 09065743949,nakarating kay Becky ang ganitong mensahe: "Mag-ingat ka! May Papatay sa iyo."

NOTGUILTY. Malaki ang suspetsa ni Becky na maykinalaman ito sa laban na kinakaharap niya ngayon sa dati niyang empleyado na siMel Pulmano nga. Ayaw na sana niyang magsalita tungkol sa dati niyang tauhan atipinaubaya na lang ang lahat ng usaping tungkol dito sa korte, pero nanghumingi ang PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) na linawin pa ang ilang issuena ipinupukol sa kanya, hindi naman nagdamot ng panayam ang kontrobersyal natalent manager.

"I just want to clarify that I don'tfrequent casinos. During the few times I went to play slots, to while time awaywith my mother. I would always observe a cap in my spending, win or lose. Perako at hindi pera ng iba ang pinanglalaro ko. I also want to correct the wrongimpression that I've had money matter issues. I wouldn't be here if I wasguilty of stealing from my artists. I continue to manage them because theytrust me.

"I wasn't guilty before and neither am I now.I'll prove that in due time. Jen has nothing to do with these forged checks andshe'll prove it in court. It's definitely not a gimmick for her comeback. Wewill never stoop down that low. In fact, she'll have to work double time tomeet her expenses. Mas malaki na ang overhead niya, ngayon na may baby na siya.

"Lessons learned for me is not to takecharge of anyone's finances. It's a big responsibility. With Jen on the otherhand, not to trust anyone in handling her own account and for the bank to checkand call their clients when in doubt. Huwag masyadong relax.

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REACTIONSTO MEL'S RECENT STATEMENTS. Ano ang reaksyon niyasa dalwang pahayag ni Mel sa PEP?

Una ay tungkol sa mga tseke na pina-rediscount umano ni Mel: "Minsan,personal checks ko talaga yung pinapa-rediscount ko. Pero ilang beses nadadalhin ko ang mga tsekeng ibinigay sa akin ni Becky, at pirmado na niJennylyn. Ipapadala sa akin ni Tita C yung pera. ‘Tapos, ibibigay ko ke Beckyyung pera.

Yung pangalawa naman ay tungkol sa kasama ni Mel nun pina-rediscount ang tseke: "Nakita ni Tita C kung sino yung kasama ko, kung sino ang nagbaba saakin sa kotse, at kung sino ang kasama kong umalis."

Dagdag pa rito ay ang sinabi ni Mel nasi Tita Becky ang nagpakilala raw sa kanya kay Tita C para magpa-rediscount.

Heto ang sagot ni Tita Becky sa ikinuwentong ito ni Mel:

"I had the chance to talk with Ms. C, therediscounter, a few days ago. I got to talk to her thru Nene Riego. Nene wroteMs. C's story in Bulgar about a weekago. Ms. C told me that she owns the salon besides OctoArts.

"Si Ms. C angnagpasulat regarding Jen sending her text messages, sending MMS pictures ofJazz and talking to her on this smart number 09209705025. This cellphone numberis Mel's personal use for my agency's talent bookings. Smart line ito ni Jenpero matagal na ‘to pinagkatiwala ni Jen sa agency thru Mel. Siya lang anggumagamit nito at wala nang iba since December, 2007. My staff and everyoneelse who knows about this number can attest to this."

(The entire four paragraphs which were initially published were deleted. Ms. Becky was advised by the lawyer to hold her statement and just keep mum about the insinuations coming from Mel's camp.)

Becky continued, "Sakuwento ni Ms. C, nakita daw niya ako na sinundo ko si Mel. According to Ms. C,that day na sinundo ko daw si Mel, humiram si Mel ng 400 thousand aspayment daw for Jen for the coffeetable book ng producer.

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"According to Ms. C,ang ginamit na collateral ni Mel is the blank check of the producer nito. Salawyer's meeting namin last October 9, 2008, nabanggit ng isang biktima rin niMel na pinahiram niya ang blank check niya kay Mel at nag-aalala siya na bakaito ay ang nasa kamay ni Ms. C. Ang blank check ay pag-aari ng dati kong staffna matalik na kaibigan din ni Mel. Umiiyak siya noong isinalaysay niya ito saamin. Pinagkatiwala daw niya ang blank check niya kay Mel.

"Base sa pakikipag-usap ko naman satelepono na naka-loud speaker at naririnig ng mga kasama ko about three weeksago, sa isang best friend ni Mel na kasama niya that day na nagpasundo siya sa katabi ng OctoArts, takotna takot daw siya kay Mel dahil sa dalawang bags na dala nito—isang brown atisang black na punung-puno ng pera at sa tantiya daw niya ay close to a millionang laman nito. At nang tinanong niya si Mel kung saan niya ito dadalhin,sinabi ni Mel na, ‘Dadaanan ako dito ni Tita Becky at kukunin niya ang pera,para pang-casino.'

"Noong October 9 at around 1:00 p.m., itinawagsa akin ng staff ko na may naghahanap sa akin at dinala niya ang mga ito sabahay ko. Sina Ms. C, kasama ang asawa niya, at mag-asawang Leon at Cathy, mgakapwa biktima. Timing naman na napadaan sina Jen, Babeth Lam at Lheng at nagkausapkaming lahat.

"Sina Bianca [Aguila, daughter of Becky], Bing [Casar] at Dyan [Yongco] ang nakasaksi sanaging usapan. Dun nga namin na-discover kay Ms. C ang mga text messages raw nagaling kay Jen na galing sa Smart line na 09209705025. Pinabasa ni Ms. C angmga ‘text messages daw' kay Jen at pati sa akin. Sina Cathy at Leon naman aypinabasa rin ang ‘text message ko' raw with the same Smart number 09209705025.

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"May dalawang tseke daw ako sa mag-asawang Cathy at Leon Tan at may tseke din siJen sa kanila. Pinabulaanan naming dalawa ni Jen na sa amin galing ang textmessages. Pinabulaanan din namin na meron kaming na-issue na mga tseke sakanila. Sinabihan namin sina Ms. C, Cathy, at Leon na naisahan kaming lahat niMel.

"Regarding Jen, according to Ms. C, asidefrom Jen's text messages, nakausap pa raw ni Ms. C sa cellphone si Jen. Nag-MMSpa ng pictures ni Jazz. In-inform namin sila na those texts messages came fromMel's personal cellphone number na gamit niya sa agency. The Smart SIM numberis Jennylyn's line but that line was turned over to Mel personally more than ayear ago.

"Jen requested that time to Mel na ipa-assume muna sa agency ang Smartline na ‘yan to cut cost on her expenses since she has her own Smart linenaman. Former owner of the Smart line was Tita Lydia [Mercado, Jen's mom].Pinasa ni Mel kay Cecile [Bordo], my former secretary. When Cecile resigned lastDecember 2007, she turned it over to Mel and ever since then, si Mel na ang mayhawak ng Smart line na ‘yan.

"Never niyang binitawan o pinahiram thatcellphone to any co-staff in the agency. That Smart cellphone number became oneof Mel's personal and official cellphone number. According to Ms. C, paano rawnagawa ni Mel ang mag-text at ipakita din sa kanya ang text ni Jen at the sametime samantalang di naman nagte-text si Mel habang kausap niya? At nakausap dawniya si Jen, though di niya kabisado ang boses nito.

"Palagi kong sinasabihan si Mel namaghinay-hinay lang sa paggamit ng smart cellphone line na ‘yan because palagisiyang nag-o-over sa budget allocated for that line.

"Wala naman masyadongtalent bookings para lumagpas pa siya sa budget nito. Ganun pa man, ang agencypa rin ang nagbabayad ng Smart line na ito. Kaya pala ang laki ng Smart billdahil kung saan-saan niya ito ginagamitat madalas siyang nagpapadala ng MMS kung kani-kanino, pati sa akin.

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"Regarding sa pictures ni Jazz, ayaw nganamin ni Jen na kumalat ang pictures ng bata because we were reserving thosepictures sana sa coffee table book ni Jen. Si Mel ang mahilig mag-send ng MMSpictures ni Jazz. For everyone's information, twice ko pa lang nakikita si Jazzin person. Di rin ako marunong magpadala ng MMS.

Nagalit si Jen upon learningna pinagkakalat pala thru MMS ang pictures ni Jazz. Sinabihan niya sina Ms. Cat husband, at mag-asawang Cathy at Leon na wala siyang utang sa mga ito, walasiyang tsekeng pinirmahan para sa kanila at pasensiya na dahil hindi naman niyaito mga kakilala.

"First time ko naman na-meet si Ms. C atang asawa niya. Kakilala ko ang mag-asawang Leon at Cathy. Mga talent supplierssila sa agency ko dati nung nasa GMA pa ako. Matagal na panahon na kamingwalang communication. Taon na ang binilang at sinabihan ko silang mag-asawa nadi naman kami close para hiraman ko sila.

"At wala namang purpose para humiramako sa kanila. Pinagsabihan ko sila na bakit sinikreto nila sa amin angtransaction ni Mel sa kanila. Pinagbilin daw kasi ni Mel na huwag na huwagnilang sasabihin sa amin ni Jen."

BECKY'SRECOLLECTION. May idadagdag ba siya sa statement niMel mula October 6 to 9 na kung saan ay nabulgar ang problema? May gusto siyangliwanagin?

"October 6, I woke up early at 6:00 a.m. Leftthe house with my twin daughters at 7:00 a.m. and drove them to school. Arrived at U.S.Embassy at 8:30 a.m. Between 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 n.n., I was at the U.S. Embassy withAngel [Locsion, Becky's ward] and Winnie [Mariano] for the ASAP GuamVisa.

"When Angel and Winnie left, I fetched Katrina [Aguila, daughter of Becky] at Goldilocks in front ofUST before 1:00 p.m. and we waited for Bianca at Goldilocks at around 2:00 p.m. parasabay na kaming umuwi. Nag-take out ako ng pansit palabok and cake. LeftGoldilocks at around 3:00 p.m. We arrived home around 3:40 p.m. Going back toGoldilocks at past 1:00 p.m.

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"While waiting for Bianca, naisipan kongtawagan si Mel because she has been sending me repeated blank MMS. I told herto stop sending me MMS thru the Smart line because magastos at sana magtipidnaman siya sa paggamit nito. Siguro in a day and every day for the past two weekssince October 6, I would be receiving around 10 to 15 MMS, na blangko naman.Sira daw cellphone niya kaya nagloloko ang MMS niya.

"Naawa naman ako sa sinabiniya kaya I offered to give her my extra cellphone in the house, when I gethome. But when I got home, pinakuha na niya pala ang cellphone ko sa kasama kosa bahay ng di niya ipinaalam sa akin.Ang sabi ko sa sarili ko, pinangunahan nanaman niya ako.

"Prior sa conversation namin over thecellphone, I haven't been talking to Mel for some time now coz galit pa ako saginawa niya sa agency ko. Mahal ko naman si Mel. She's been with my talentagency for six years. Nagalit lang ako sa kanya because may mga bagay ako nanapapansin na nangyayari sa agency ko kaya nga I hired an accountant to monitorand oversee my agency's finances.

"I didn't go to the office and I didn't seeMel the whole day. I called up Bing and asked about Mel. According to Bing,umuwi na because masakit daw ang ulo at batok. I tried calling her but shedidn't answer my calls. I wanted to ask her why she got my extra cellphone withoutwaiting for me. But she didn't answer my calls. So, I slept after that becauseI was really tired and sleepy. I woke up past 7:00 p.m. na. I tried calling Melagain at around 9:00 p.m., but both cellphones were off.

"That night, since she didn't reply to mytext messages because naka-off nga cellphone niya, I texted her that I don'tlike unprofessionals. I texted her also that she should keep her cellphone openfor communication for emergency and other concerns. Di siya nag-reply.

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"October 7, I woke up at 10:00 a.m. I called Melin both cellphones, still unattended. Tried their land phone, no answer. Textedher kung papasok ba siya, no reply. Called Tony [Anonuevo], a common friend of ours, ataround 12:00 p.m. if tumawag si Mel sa kanya, wala pa raw. Requested him to checkMel. I was worried na baka nadisgrasya or something wrong had happened.Requested Tony to forward Ronnie's cell number. Ronnie is the husband of Mel.No reply either.

"After a while, nag-text si Tony na maysakit daw si Mel. LBM and she's been vomiting according daw kay Ronnie. After afew minutes, nag-text si Mel and her text message was, ‘Tita nasa dentist po ako.'

"At past 2:00 p.m., Jen texted me ‘Tita may Icall?' Texted her back ‘Sure.' Jen told me, nawawala raw si Tita Mel. She hasnot seen nor heard from her for days. Sinabi ni Jen na may problema raw siya saATM and checking account. Kade-deposit lang nya ng 80 thousand nung umaga thenwhen she checked in the afternoon, wala na.

"Jen also found out that her checksbounced. She was caught unaware of what was happening. Naawa ako kay Jen. Shewas crying.

"I advised Jen to calm down. Then I calledTony and asked him if he knew something coz I was suspicious already. He toldme Jen owes him 300 thousand. According to Tony, ‘When Mel borrowed 300thousand, Jen was in touch with me. May ipinakita si Mel na text ni Jen naumuutang, nagpapasalamat sa pagtitiwala at pagpapautang sa kanya.' Nagtiwala siTony kay Mel thru those text messages coming from Jen as shown by Mel.

"Ang kabilin-bilinan ni Mel kay Tony, huwagna huwag sasabihin ito sa akin dahil magagalit daw ako kay Jen. Ayaw raw ipaalamni Jen na nangungutang siya. Secret lang daw nilang dalawa ni Mel ‘yan at huwag din banggitin kay Jen ang 300thousand na utang dahil mapapahiya ito.

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"Upon hearing that excuse, I advised Tonyto talk to Jen immediately coz I don't believe that Jen owes him money.Tinawagan ni Tony si Jen. Tumawag ulit sa akin si Jen, scared, and crying. Waladaw siyang utang kay Tito Tony. Paano daw nangyari iyon?

Nag-set kami ngmeeting at 7:30 p.m. sa house ni Tony. Jen brought her good forged checks,including her bank statements. Ipinakita rin ni Tony ang mga na-good na checksni Jen, at nai-compare namin ang true and forged, and we saw a big difference sasignature.

"I then advised everyone present sa meetingna puntahan namin si Mel sa house niya to give her a chance to explain. So, weall went and arrived before midnight. Mel was sleeping in the sofa. Ronnie wokeher up but di niya magising. May balde sa tabi ng sofa with her vomit. Werequested Ronnie to wake her up because we want to hear her side.

"Pinaupo si Mel at humilig lang kay Ronnie.We were all talking to her. Nakikiusap na harapin ang problema pero ayaw niyaidilat ang mga mata niya. I said ayaw niya because I never saw any effort onher part to open her eyes. That was also the opinion of everyone present.Nag-request si Ronnie na iwanan muna sila ni Mel at Jen para makapag-usap ngmasinsinan. So, we followed Ronnie's request and stepped out of the house.

"After a while, lumabas si Jen and Ronnie.Di pa rin idinidilat ni Mel ang mga mata niya but Jen said she saw tearsflowing. Nag-comment ako na mahirap gisingin ang nagtutulug-tulugan.

"I asked Ronnie what he knew, wala raw siyangalam. Ronnie made a comment na nag-take yata ng Zonrox [a bleaching product] becauseamoy-Zonrox ang breath ni Mel. Ang sabi naman namin na dapat bumula na bibig niyaat namatay dahil lason ang Zonrox pag orally taken. We advised Ronnie to bringMel to the hospital because of her condition. Ronnie said, ‘Balik na lang kayoat pasensiya na at di pa siya makakausap sa ngayon,' and so, we left at around 1:00 a.m.,October 8 na.

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"Present at Mel's house last October 7 beforemag-midnight, aside from me, were Jen, Tony, Rose [Anonuevo, Tony's wife], Babet, Lheng and my agency'sstaff, Erlin [Garcia], Bing, Lee [Miranda] and Erlin's husband Francis.

"Regarding naman sa UCPB [United Coconut Planters Bank] ORsaving account with Jen, that ended last January 10, 2008, according to Jen andLydia during our meeting with the lawyers, walang tinurn-over si Mel nafinancial statement records and UCPB OR savings passbook sa kanila.

"So, if it's not with them, then it's withMel because na-turn over naman kay Mel ang original statement and passbook niJen. Siya kasi ang in charge with Jen's account. I just signed the withdrawalslip based on Mel's report on Jen's expense. Si Mel din kasi ang in charge sabilling statements and records ni Jen. Mel represented herself as the roadmanager and personal assistant of Jen.

BETRAYALOF TRUST. "Kung diktador ako kagaya ng sinabi niyadito sa PEP, di sana siya nakaligtas sa akin. This is a case of betrayal of trust and confidence. Jen and Iare very sad about all this.

"This will be the first and last time thatI will be answering this PEP interview. Just like what I said in all myinterviews, this issue is not for public consumption! A lot of hurting words,fabricated lies,and malicious text messages have been spread out to destroy myreputation and credibility as a manager and as a human being.

"Likewise to my artists who have donenothing wrong to deserve all this public humiliation. Nakikiusap po ako sainyong lahat to allow the court to take charge from now on. These are humanlives torn apart into pieces by trial by publicity. Please let's give respectdue each other as human beings. No one is perfect. God is watching. The truthwill prevail at the right time," pagtatapos ni Becky Aguila.

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