Nagpatawag ng biglaang press conference si Nadia Montenegro ngayong gabi, Abril 19, sa TJ Resto sa Quezon City.
Ito ay kaugnay ng resolusyong inilabas ng Quezon City Prosecutor’s Office nitong Lunes, Abril 16.
Ayon sa resolusyon ng QC Prosecutor’s Office, dismissed ang isinampa niyang reklamo ng child abuse laban sa talent manager na si Annabelle Rama.
Tuloy naman ang mga kasong libel, oral defamation, at unjust vexation na isinampa ni Nadia laban kay Annabelle.
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Kasama ni Nadia na humarap sa mga ipinatawag na miyembro ng media ang kanyang mga anak na sina Alynna at Anykka Asistio, at mga abugadong sina Atty. Maggie Glenn Abraham at Atty. Dexter B. Lacuanan.
Sina Alyanna o Ynna, 17, at Anykka, 15, ay parehong nakakontrata bilang talents ni Annabelle.
Kasalukuyang may nakasampang kaso ng libelo sa halagang P20 milyon si Annabelle laban kay Ynna.
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NADIA’S LAWYERS. Unang pagkakataon pa lang na humarap ni Atty. Lacuanan bilang abugado ni Nadia, habang si Atty. Abraham naman ang abugadong kasama na ni Nadia mula nang magsampa sila ng mga reklamo laban kay Annabelle.
Sa simula ng presscon ay nagsalita muna si Atty. Lacuanan kung bakit sila nagpatawag ng presscon.
Aniya, “I’m sure marami sa inyo ang matagal na ring nag-aantay sa mga sasasabihin ni Ms. Nadia, and for the record, I’d like to state, that as her counsel, I was the one who initially advised her to not say anything. For the simple reason na ang kalaban niya, mahilig magsabi ng napakaraming bagay.
“And I explained to her from day one of her case, that this is not about her, it’s about her kids, so hindi ito parang magpapalengke sila, magsisigawan sila.
“This is a mother who has to stand up to the occasion and defend her kids.
“So, from day one, I’m happy that [Atty.] Maggie has not said anything.
"But now that there is a resolution from the Quezon City Prosecutor’s Office, we feel that it is the correct time for her to break her silence and issue her statement and answer questions from the members of the press.”
NADIA’S STATEMENT. Pagkatapos magsalita ni Atty. Lacuanan ay binasa na ni Nadia ang kanyang statement:
“I have waited six months to be able to tell the world what really happened between Annabelle Rama and my kids.
“First and foremost, I would like to thank the QC Prosecutor’s Office for affirming my 14 counts of libel and two counts of unjust vexation and grave oral defamation against Rama.
“In relation to the child abuse case, my lawyers and I are filing a Motion for Reconsideration to reverse the decision on this case.
“Let me give everyone an insight on how I came to suing Rama for child abuse.
“Aside from the other instances of the case, the biggest pain I ever received was when Rama spread very demeaning rumors about my 15-year-old daughter Anykka and 17-year-old daughter Alyanna to people through text and verbally.
“She spread rumors that Alyanna was raped by her father Boy Asistio when she was 10 and Anykka had STD.
“We had a confrontation about the said incident at a friend’s house, which I do not want to mention who anymore, and we had a screaming fit with each other.
“Nagsigawan po kami at umiyak ako, dahil bakit siya nagkakalat ganitong balita tungkol sa mga anak ko?
“Humingi po siya ng tawad sa akin. Apat na beses. Pero hindi po siya tumigil sa paninira.
“Di lang po puri ng mga anak ko ang sinisira niya kundi pati ang magandang pangalan ng kanilang ama ay sinira din niya.
“She continued to malign my daughters, on Twitter, on articles, on TV and the like.
"Calling them ’ugly, trying hard, napilitan lang akong kunin, mga pangit, matataba, kleptomaniac, sinungaling,’ and other vulgar words.
“Again, my daughters are 15 and 17. Both minors who I fully entrusted to her which apparently was a big mistake.
“Let me give everyone a definition of child abuse: ‘Any act by deed or words which debases, degrades, or demeans the intrinsic worth and dignity of a child as a human being.’
“Now, tell me: How do my children overcome those rumors about them?
“These are rumors that one cannot fix even in the years to come!
“My children will have to grow up and bring with them the fact that one time during their childhood, an evil woman like Annabelle Rama made up a story and told the world that she was raped, and the other one had STD at the age of 15!
“How do you expect me to prove to the world such rumors are malicious and created by a woman with such an evil imagination?
“Now to Ruffa [Gutierrez, Annabelle’s daughter], before you cry on national TV saying that ‘Hindi dapat idamay ang mga bata sa mga ganitong problema,’ say that to your own mother.
“Now you know how I feel but ten times more painful since my children considered you as ‘family.’
“And let me quote you on your crying interview on TV Patrol. Ruffa said that Eddie is, ‘The best dad that anyone can ever have.
"’We’re not gonna allow anyone to ruin his reputation. Di bale nang mommy ko, kaya niya, e. She’s a fighter.
“’Ako, marami na ‘kong pinagdaanan sa buhay ko, but for us, don’t talk about our dad. Kasi he’s one person na talagang mabait, walang tinatapakan na tao, and he has honor and dignity,’ she said.
“Now, I ask you again, what about my kids’ dad who means the world to my kids? Who has other daughters to protect as well? Who your mother claimed that raped his own daughter many times since she was 10?
“Again, you can say all what you want about me, but not my family. Not my kids.
“I will take the higher road and not do to you what your family did to us. I will not call you names on national TV, on Twitter, and at presscons.
“I will let the Court deal with that.
“So, next time, before all the members of your family rejoice on Twitter for the dismissal of the child abuse case and call us ‘sinungaling’ or liars, think twice because this does not end here.
“We will file a Motion for Reconsideration and present even more evidence this time.
“And please, stop implying that the rift between Amalia Fuentes and Annabelle began with me.
"It wasn’t I who went to Tito Joey [Stevens]’s wake the very next day when your mother ridiculed her [Amalia] whole person on Twitter.
“It wasn’t I who created a scene at the wake. It wasn’t I who came in orange and it wasn’t I who demanded to talk to Ate Liezl [Martinez] when mass was ongoing.
“Your mother did that all on her own!
“I was nowhere in sight, so stop pointing fingers on me, Ruffa, and start owning your mistakes.
“Another claim made by Annabelle is that money is the reason for all of this. Let me inform everyone and make it clear that all the cases I filed are criminal cases which imposes a penalty of jail time.
“I just want to enlighten the Gutierrez family that, hindi lang kayo ang may pamilyang nasasaktan.
“Hindi lang kayo ang may mga anak na dapat protektahan, at hindi lang kayo ang may karapatan na ipagtanggol ang sarili. It works both ways.
“And lastly, let me remind you that you still have 14 cases of libel and two cases of unjust vexations and grave oral defamation to face in Court.
“And I believe that one of these cases would put Annabelle Rama behind bars and end all her bullying and forever rinse her mouth of the most vulgar words anyone has ever heard.
“This is for my kids, my partner Boy, my family, and for all the other people who have already been a victim of Annabelle Rama’s wrath.
STANDING UP AGAINST A BULLY. Pagkatapos basahin ni Nadia ang kanyang statement ay sinagot na niya at ng kanyang mga abugado ang mga tanong ng press.
Sa open forum, sinabi ni Atty. Lacuanan na hindi dahil sa kawalan ng ebidensiya kaya na-dismiss ang kaso ng child abuse laban kay Annabelle.
Aniya, “When the Prosecutor’s Office dismissed the child abuse case, they did not dismiss it on the fact na wala daw talagang findings.
“All that they were saying is that they needed corroborative witnesses.
“And that is precisely the reason why we wanted to appeal by Motion for Reconsideration.
“I think we cannot fault the distinguished Public Prosecutor who investigated this case for having approached that case with a certain degree of naïvete.
“She was completely, probably, oblivious to the fact that the individual involved is very influential.
“’Pillar’nga, in the industry, so to speak. Pillar in the industry who apparently has gotten away with a lot of bullying on her part for the longest time.”
Kaya nga raw hindi nila makumbinsi ang mga kinausap nilang haharap sanang witnesses para sa child abuse case nila laban kay Annabelle ay dahil nga takot ang mga ito sa talent manager.
“There were a lot of people that we approached, people that we thought would be willing to testify, because these people saw what she did over the many allegations that we filed.
“But a lot of them were not willing to stake or come out on the record with their own version of how these kids were exploited.”
Gusto raw muli nilang kausapin at kumbinsihin ang mga nilapitan nila noon para maging witnesses at gawing pangkumbinsi ang pagkaka-affirm naman ng mga kasong libel, unjust vexation, at grave oral defamation laban kay Annabelle.
Sabi ni Atty. Lacuanan, “We want to tell them, ‘Look, 14 counts has been filed. Ibig sabihin, puwede naman pala. Hindi naman pala siya ganun kalaking tao na hindi matitibag.
“Ibig sabihin, kung talagang labanan, puwede naman natin siyang labanan.”
Hinangaan pa ni Atty. Lacuanan ang sinabi ni Nadia sa statement nito na "pambu-bully" lang ang ginagawa ni Annabelle.
“Any student, any kid who has been in the playground, who’s been a victim of bullying would tell you, a bully is only as good as the kid he is bullying.
“But once the kid says no and stands up to him, that bully is a coward.
“So, gusto sana naming kausapin, by way of this interview, yung mga tao. Alam na ninyo kung sino kayo.
“In the next few days, we will be approaching you again, try to reason with you, hopefully ask you, to reconsider and probably give your testimony for the sake of the kids.
“Para ipakita natin that she’s not that scary pala as a bully,” saad ni Atty. Lacuanan.
Samantala, sinabihan na raw ng mga abugado si Annabelle Rama na huwag munang magsalita tungkol sa isyu. Bukas ang PEP sa anumang nais ipahayag ng kanyang kampo.