Isinampa ni Annabelle Rama sa Makati Regional Trial Court kahapon, February 23, ang 20-million libel case laban sa kanyang talent na si Alynna Alexandra Asistio—na kilala sa showbiz bilang Ynna Asistio.
Bukod kay Ynna, kinasuhan din ni Annabelle ng libel ang Bulgar entertainment editor na si Janice Navida dahil ito ang sumulat ng artikulong lumabas sa nabanggit na tabloid noong February 1, 2012.
Kasama ni Annabelle na nagpunta sa Makati Regional Trial Court ang kanyang mga talent na sina Bubbles Paraiso at Michelle Madrigal.
Ginawang witnesses ni Annabelle ang dalawang sexy stars na magpapatunay raw na walang katotohanan ang akusasyon na "ibinubugaw" ng talent manager ang mga alaga nito.
Sa kanyang eight-page sworn complaint-affidavit, isinalaysay ni Annabelle ang puno’t dulo ng desisyon niyang sampahan ng libel case sina Asistio at Navida.
Narito ang kabuuang complaint-affidavit ni Annabelle:
"I am an artist and talent manager by profession who manages the business concerns and careers of various entertainment artists, and part of my duties and functions is to handle any and all negotiations and contracts between my clients and producers or companies who wish to engage their services.
"As an artist and talent manager, my actions have always been under the painful scrutiny of the public and subjected to the discriminating eyes of my critics.
"This reality, however, never daunted nor dissuaded me from continuing to live a life in the service for others for I have vowed to direct all my efforts and actions to help improve the careers of each and of my talents, a difficult feat, but certainly not out of reach.
"As an artist and talent manager, my reputation is of utmost importance to me. Certainly, no artist would even dream of being managed by a person known for her questionable character and integrity. It is for this reason that I have always been prudent with my actions and even if there were certain instances when the public would somehow disapprove of my actions, I still believe that it was definitely called for and within the bounds of law specially to protect the interest of my talents.
LIBELOUS STATEMENTS. "On 01 February 2012, while at my residence at 2170 Paraiso Street, Dasmariñas Village, Makati City, I was shocked and dismayed to read an article in BULGAR, a newspaper of general circulation, to which respondents caused the publication of libelous statements against me.
"The foregoing statement seriously cast doubt upon my honor, integrity and reputation thereby gravely affecting my standing as an artist and talent manager.
"Moreover, the libelous statements had also affected my family and talents for it has caused dishonor and discredit upon my person and the talents who are associated with me.
THE CONSPIRACY. "On 01 February 2012, Ms. Asistio in conspiracy with Ms. Navida, caused the publication of the libelous news article in BULGAR.
"In the said news article Ms. Navida wrote:
Tinanong namin si Ynna tungkol sa isyung ’bugawan’ na inaakusa ng mommy niya kay Tita A. Nadamay din kasi ru’n ang pangalan ni Cong. Manny Pacquiao dahil inirereto raw ni Tita Annabelle sa Pambansang Kamao si Alyanna na 16 years old lang pala.
Ano bang basehan nila para sabihing ’ibinubugaw’ ni Tita A. ang mga alaga niya, especially silang magkakapatid?
Sey ni Ynna, "Minsan po kasi, isinama siya sa bahay nina Cong. Manny at Gov. Chavit (Singson)," na hindi naman niya dinagdagan ng ibang detalye.
Basta sabi ni Ynna, ang gusto raw ni Tita A. ay maikli ang isinusuot nila ’pag humaharap sa mga tao sa special occasions tulad nu’ng minsang birthday ni Cong. Pacquiao.
Eh, siya, ganu’n din ba ang sinasabi sa kanya ni Tita A.?
May mga personal experience rin po ako pero ’di na ako magsasalita," sagot ni Ynna.
May isang insidente naman daw sa Cebu na isinama silang magkakapatid ni Tita A. at ipinakilala sa mga "may-edad" nang bisita nito sabay sabing "Single ang mga ’yan."
From then on, umiwas na raw sila at hindi na sumama uli sa mga lakad ng manager dahil feeling nga raw nila ay ’ibinebenta’ sila nito.
TARNISHED REPUTATION. "As a result of the publication of the baseless, libelous and malicious accusation of Respondents that I was soliciting for prostitution respondent Asistio’s sisters, I was bombarded by my talents, reporters and friends asking me to comment on her unfounded allegation.
"However, it is also worthy to emphasize that from the circumstances surrounding this present case, fair inference can be made that a categorical statement directly accusing me of engaging in soliciting for prostitution my talents, thereby evidently implying that I am engaged in an illegal activity.
"Because of the malicious attribution and implication that I was involved in an illegal activity, it is with no doubt that my reputation, honor, and virtue was tarnished and destroyed.
"Ms. Asistio’s in conspiracy with Navida wanton disregard of the consequences of their statements is highlighted by the fact that she absolutely has no factual or legal basis to support her accusation yet she virtually caused the publication to the entire Filipino nation that I am soliciting for prostitution my talents.
"Thus, it cannot be denied that the publication of the libelous article by Respondents were made with evident intent of exposing me to public dishonor, discredit, contempt, humiliation and ridicule, to my great prejudice and detriment.
"One of our most guarded and valued rights is our freedom of expression, but the freedom to express one’s sentiments and belief does not grant one the license to vilify in public the honor and integrity of another. A good reputation once lost is hard to regain.
TWENTY MILLION PESOS FOR MORAL AND EXEMPLARY DAMAGES. "It must also be underscored that such unwarranted insinuations case unwanted dishonor not only against my person but also that of my family.
"As consequence of the wide unabated publicity and sensationalism of these false, malicious, and libelous insinuations of Respondents, I suffered mental anguish, social humiliation, ridicule and embarrassment.
"Considering my personal and social standing, the Moral Damage I suffered is valued at not less that Ten Million Pesos (P10,000,000.00) which Respondents should be adjudged liable.
"Respondents should not be so coldhearted and careless as to expose innocent people with attacks and insinuations of a crime. Thus, Exemplary Damage in the amount of Ten Million Pesos (P10,000,000.00) should be also be adjudged against them.
"Considering that at the time I read the libelous article I was at my residence in Makati City, thus within the territorial jurisdiction of this Honorable Office."
Isang araw bago sampahan ni Annabelle si Ynna ng kasong libel, ang ina ng young actress na si Nadia Montenegro ay nagsampa naman ng kasong unjust vexation laban sa anak ni Annabelle na si Richard Gutierrez.
Ito ay dahil diumano sa mga "bastos" na text messages na ipinapadala ni Richard kay Nadia.