Nakatanggap ang PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) ng text message mula kay Giselle Sanchez kaninang umaga, at around 9:35 a.m., informing us about her piece on the "love triangle issue" that involved real-life lovers Illac Diaz and Julia Clarete, and former comedienne and Laguna board member Angelica Jones.
Base ito sa isinulat ni Giselle sa kanyang kolum na "Gossip Girl" sa Manila Bulletin noong February 22, 2011 which caused the ire of businessman and philantropist Illac Diaz.
Illac vehemently denied most of what was written, which implicated the former actor and model allegedly of having an affair with Angelica, while he is presently and exclusively dating actress and TV host Julia Clarete. (CLICK HERE to read related story.)
It was a hot item over the past week, na nabigyang-daan sa PEP ang mga naging reaksiyon ng magkabilang panig; that of Illac and Julia, na nabanggit sa kolum as having "stormed a church in San Pablo, Laguna" at nakitang magkasama sina Illac at Angelica na palabas ng simbahan.
Nabigyang-daan na rin ang reaksiyon ni Angelica, who admitted she and Illac were "exclusively dating" for sometime bago naging mag-on sina Illac at Julia, but denied Giselle's column's item tungkol sa pagbe-brainstorming daw nila ng binata sa isang "jacuzzi by the hot Laguna springs." (CLICK HERE to read related story.)
Ayon kay Illac, ang totoo lang sa naisulat sa kolum, na hindi plain gossip or rumor, ay ang pakikipag-deal niya kay Angelica bilang Laguna board member kaugnay ng mga proyekto ng kanyang My Shelter Foundation.
Ang nasabing foundation ay kasalukuyang nagko-construct ng mga bottle schools, among other infrastructure projects, na may kaukulang tulong mula sa mga pamahalaang panlalawigan at mga nongovernment organizations (NGO).
"I have written Illac's side in my column 'Gossip Girl' in Manila Bulletin," ayon sa text message ni Giselle sa PEP.
Sabi naman niya sa kanyang kolum na lumabas ngayong araw, March 9, "I kinda felt bad for the guy and so I told my friend to give my number and my e-mail address."
Ayon kay Giselle, tinawagan siya ni Illac after two days. Na ayon naman sa binanggit ni Illac sa PEP interview, ang pag-uusap nila ni Giselle sa telepono ay hindi raw naging maayos dahil, when confronted, Giselle started changing her statements that were based allegations of her "deep penetration agent."
Sa isinulat ni Giselle that Illac "did not scream or raise his voice at me" and that "he was very civil," may maipupuntong inconsistency dito kaysa naunang pahayag ni Illac sa PEP.
Na diumano'y nagalit na si Illac kay Giselle sa usapan nilang 'yon sa telepono, dahil hindi mapanindigan ng kolumnista ang nauna niyang isinulat na mula sa isang unidentified source. At kaya nagdesisyon si Illac na hindi niya gustong ipalathala kay Giselle ang kanyang mga paglilinaw.
Nasa mga naunang PEP articles na ang mga pahayag ni Illac bilang kontra-alegasyon.
Kung mayroon mang mga pahayag si Giselle sa kolum niya ngayon—tulad ng "He [Illac] told me that Julia did not storm the church and if ever Julia did go to Laguna, it was upon his invitation"—ito'y bilang pagdidiin pa rin na nagkausap sila ni Illac sa telepono, at naging "civil" ang pag-uusap nila; at pag-uulat ng taliwas sa nabanggit ni Illac sa PEP article din na he won't let the comedienne air his side of the story. (CLICK HERE to read related story.)
Sabi pa ni Giselle sa kanyang kolum, "I also apologized for the stress I caused him and Julia for printing the rumor. My exact words on the phone were, 'Illac, I know you're a good person...'"
PEP chose not to include Giselle's other statements dahil may pagtukoy ang comedienne kina Illac at Julia, at sa iba pang tao, limang taon at sampung taon na ang nakakaraan, na walang kinalaman sa "love triangle issue" na naging ugat ng pag-aaway ng mga sangkot.
ILLAC'S MESSAGE. This afternoon, at around 2:35 pm, ito naman ang naipadalang mensahe ni Illac sa PEP:
"The focus is driving away from my foundation. I've said my piece and let's focus on moving forward. There are bigger issues at hand that need immediate attention."
Earlier, dakong ika-9:35 ng umaga, ayon naman sa ipinadalang text message ni Giselle sa PEP, sabi niya, "Illac has also apologized to me thru text - Thank you very much. I am sorry as well if this turned into a mess, as I needed to protect Julia and what I built with my work."
We texted Illac to verify Giselle's claim and Illac explained further: "She texted me early in the morning before I got the paper. I was more into saying it was unfortunate that this situation had to become a mess because of what she wrote, but I am not apologetic for what I said. I was talking about the situation; not that what she did was right, which is farthest from what I feel about this whole [situation]: 'malign now, address injuries after protocol.'
Illac then quoted Giselle, who texted, "Let's finish na this, ok? Closed book. I won't say anything anymore and to show you my sincerity, I will even help you get donors since I have a foundation as well. Apologies are also in the paper. Thank you for apologizing."
Dagdag ni Illac, "But I read the article and I guess it's her way of retracting as best she could or as she knew how to, but the issue on the 'Gossip Girl' is behind us.
"The fact that the situation got to this point and of it becoming a mess is what I meant [by not being apologetic]. No one wants to have other people as enemies, and it's not a personal apology for any wrongdoing on our part when we defended our innocence," paglilinaw pa ni Illac, para rin sa idinepensang girlfriend na si Julia.
STILL COMBATIVE. Sa kanyang column, ni-reprint din ni Giselle ang naunang e-mail message sa kanya ni Illac. Ipinadala ito ng dating aktor at modelo matapos lumabas ang naunang colum ("Is That You Illac in a Love Triangle?"), noong February 28, na pinaniniwalaan ni Illac na "malicious," taliwas naman sa kini-claim pa rin ni Giselle na iyon ay "harmless rumor."
May punto ang kapwa depensa nina Illac at Giselle, sa e-mail at column item, respectively.
Kung "violent reaction" ang nagmula sa pananalita ni Illac, ang kay Giselle naman ay mga pahayag na masasabing calculated at sarcastic, imbes na natural at spontaneous na pagpapahayag ng totoong damdamin at pag-uunawa.
"I am sorry to you and to the beautiful and talented Julia for the strain that this harmless rumor caused your relationship," saad ni Giselle sa kanyang kolum.
Dagdag niya, "Your anger is consuming you and your personal crusade to destroy me is slowly destroying you. Do you think you look good on television quarrelling with a woman?"
But Illac never considered women to be weak, kaya hindi raw katwiran na dahil babae ang nagkamali ay hindi na ito dapat ituwid kung kinakailangan.
"I have not known, considered nor regarded women to be weak in character," sabi ni Illac. "Being a woman is not a weakness. We had two women presidents; my grandmothers, my mother, and my girlfriend are all strong women."
Tanong naman ni Giselle, "Do you think you can get more donors and people to help your foundation when you cannot laugh off a small rumor which you blew out of proportion?"
"Precisely, that shouldn't be allowed," pagtukoy ni Illac sa malicious practice of spreading rumors. "It's the profession that has sadly been weakened these days. And it shouldn't be allowed."
"My advice to you, Illac, is to forgive and move on," sambit din ni Giselle; unsolicited advice, na indirect way of seeking Illac's and Julia's and Angelica' apologies. (Samantala, nowhere in Giselle's column that appeared today did she mention Angelica).
Sa paglilinaw naman ni Illac sa PEP, as mentioned earlier, hindi ang pagiging apologetic na personal ang ibig niyang tukuyin. Mas ugnay ito sa mga pangyayari "which turned into a mess."
If anything, thankful si Illac na hindi naging dahilan ng "potential collapse of a relationship" nila ni Julia, after a year, ang pinag-ugatan ng "harmless rumor" na ito.