Starstruck peers extend support to young actress Katrina Halili

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Yasmien Kurdi, Jennylyn Mercado, and Nadine Samonte support Katrina Halili's fight for justice. The three stars of Suspetsa, along with Katrina, started their showbiz career in 2003 as part of the reality talent search show, StarStruck

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Embattled sexy actress Katrina Halili has found allies in her Starstruck contemporaries: Jennylyn Mercado, Nadine Samonte and Yasmien Kurdi.

The three female lead stars of GMA-7's upcoming suspense-thriller series, Suspetsa, are one in condemning the proliferation of the highly controversial sex video featuring Katrina and Hayden Kho.

Katrina filed a complaint against Hayden at the NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) last May 20. She stressed that the video was taken without her knowledge and that Kho violated her trust by illicitly documenting what was supposed to be a private moment.

During the press conference prepared by GMA-7 earlier today, May 22, for Suspetsa—Nadine, Yasmien, and Jennylyn were asked about their personal opinion on the issue.

The three ladies were all batchmates of Katrina in the maiden season of the reality talent search show program, Starstruck. Since they were introduced to the public in 2003, all three—including Katrina—have come a long way in their respective careers.

Nadine expressed admiration for Katrina's strength in dealing with the issue. "Nagagalingan lang ako sa kanya kasi kung nangyari sa akin 'yon, hindi ko kaya," she confessed.

Jennylyn said, "I feel so sorry for her. Siyempre malungkot kasi syempre hindi na rin iba sa akin si Katrina, para na rin namin siyang kapatid. Sobrang nakakagulat pero at the same time nalulungkot talaga kami dahil hindi rin namin in-expect na mangyayari ito.

"And yun lang, parati naming sinasabi sa kanya na lagi kaming nakasuporta sa kanya. Lagi namin siyang pinagdadasal 'tsaka kung kailangan niya ng tulong namin, nandito kami parati para sa kanya."

Among the three, it was Yasmien who was most vocal in expressing her disgust against Kho and the leaking of sex videos.

"Nakaka-dismaya na tingnan yung video lalo na 'pag nakita mo na kabastusan talaga, n binabastos ang rights ng mga babae. Pero, wala na rin po tayong magagawa kasi nangyari na rin po yung nangyari. Ang magagawa ko lang po ay lumaban tungkol dun sa nangyari at ilaban ang karapatan ng maraming nabiktima," Yasmien said.

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Yasmien also said that the humiliation and hurt brought about by the scandal extended to the victim's immediate family:

"Nakakaawa yung mga pamilya na nadamay. Marami pong nasaktan na tao, so sana tigilan na yung mga videos na lumalabas."


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