Tahimik nang namumuhay ngayon sa Los Angeles, California, ang mag-asawang David Bunevacz at Jessica Rodriguez mula nang umalis sila sa Pilipinas pitong taon na ang nakararaan.
Sa exclusive interview ng StarTalk host na si Ricky Lo mula sa Amerika, kinumusta nito ang buhay ng mag-asawa doon.
Sagot ni David, “It’s heaven!
“I mean, it’s actually fantastic.
“We have, you know, everything we could possibly want—all the golf courses, all the sports the kids could ever want…
“And, you know, it’s extremely safe, especially the area where we live in, it’s extremely safe.”
Malalaki na ang kanilang mga anak.
“Aika is twenty-five, Grant’s nineteen, and Breanna is ten years old going on eleven years old in a couple of months.”
CEDRIC-VHONG ISSUE. Bagamat matagal nang wala sa bansa ang mag-asawa, muling umugong ang pangalan ni David nang masangkot sa kasong pambubugbog ang kanyang dating business partner na si Cedric Lee.
Si Cedric ang isa sa itinuturong nambugbog sa actor-TV host na si Vhong Navarro noong gabi ng January 22, 2014.
Sabi ni David, “I didn’t really know much about it… I hear bits and pieces, yeah.
“I heard there were some problems with my ex-partner Cedric, and it was very sad to hear, you know, what was going on.
“I don’t know what the truth is. But you know, I don’t really wish any ill, harm on anyone.
“I just, you know, if somebody is injured like that and, like, you know, like Vhong did, I think it’s very… somebody has to pay, you know, unfortunately.”
Ano ang naramdaman ni David nang una niyang narinig ang balita?
Sabi niya, “Oh, when I saw his picture on the Internet, I was shocked!
“When I heard that, you know, Cedric was involved, indirectly or directly…
“And actually, I followed a lot, as much as I could on the Internet…
“I saw some of his interviews on TV, and trying to get both sides to see what was going on.
“He hasn’t communicated with me, so I don’t know.”
PENDING CASES. Noong 2007 ay sinampahan si David ng estafa case ng kanyang mga business partner, kabilang na si Cedric, dahil sa bintang na ginamit niya diumano sa pagbili ng BMW X5 ang P850,000 mula sa pondo ng Beverly Hills 6750.
Naglabas ng warrant of arrest na may P120,000 bail para kay David ang korte ng Quezon City noong August 2008, dahil sa alleged misallocation of funds at estafa.
Sa kanyang counter-affidavit, pinabulaanan ni David ang akusasyon ng mga business partner niya.
Ipinaliwanag ni David na nagdemanda ng estafa ang kanyang mga business partner bilang ganti sa kidnapping at physical injury case na isinampa niya sa NBI noong December 2007.
Isa pang naging isyu noon ay ang pagsasabi ni David na may U.S. affiliate ang Beverly Hills 6750, pero nang imbestigahan ito ng PEP noong 2008 ay "no longer in operation" na ang clinic.
Ang kaso raw ni Vhong ay nakapagpabalik ng mapapait na alaala kay David.
“Oh, yeah!” bulalas niya.
Pero hindi naman daw kasing grabe ng dinanas ni Vhong ang dinanas niya.
“Not as bad as he did, not that bad. What happened to him, it’s very scary.”
Bukod sa pagiging business partners noon, si Cedric ay ninong pa ng anak nina David at Jessica na si Breanna.
Sabi ni David, “Cedric, he was a really, really good friend of mine.
“And we text each other a year ago or two years ago to say, you know we’re sorry, and this and that, we made amends.
“And I said, ‘Hey, whenever you’re in Los Angeles, stay at my home.’”
Naka-pending pa rin daw ang kaso nila.
“Yeah, I think it’s still pending because unless I go to the Philippines, I don’t think anything will ever go away.
“It’s still stuck there in the courts and but, you know... I don’t know.
“I’m sure it will be resolved soon if we want it to be.”
Mediation ba o out of court settlement? Kung ano ang posible at depende sa mapag-uusapan ng bawat kampo?
Sagot ni David, “Yeah, I think, but a lot of damage has been done, on both sides.
“So I think it’s just best that we leave it as it is and we’ve already gone, you know, into the future with our new lives.”
MESSAGE FOR CEDRIC AND VHONG. May mensahe rin si David kay Cedric.
Sabi niya, “Cedric knows, he knows what I think about him.
"He knows that I always wish the best for him.
“I hope that, you know, the things aren’t true, what they’re saying about him.
“And he knows that I’ll never stop caring about Cedric, and we had a very close bond for many years and that just doesn’t go away.
“So Cedric, I wish the best, I truly do pray for you and that’s it.
“I mean, I hope there are a lot more positive things in the future.”
Hiningan din ng words of encouragement si David para kay Vhong.
Sabi niya, “Vhong, you know, there’s been several nights that I would wake up…
“I know exactly what you went through and, to this day, I have nightmares about it.
“But, you know, you just have to have faith in God.
“I’m so sorry that it happened to you.”
DAVID’S PREVIOUS STATEMENT. Tila taliwas ang mga pahayag ni David sa panayam niyang ito sa inilabas niyang pahayag ilang araw matapos pumutok ang balita tungkol sa pambubugbog kay Vhong.
Nailathala ang pahayag na ito ni David dito sa PEP noong February 1, 2014.
Sinabi niya sa kanyang statement na bumalik ang mapait na nangyari sa kanya nang malaman ang sinapit ni Vhong.
Saad ni David, "It painfully brought back memories of our own tragic experience almost seven years ago.
“Like Vhong, I was wrongfully accused, held against my will, physically violated, terrorized and death-threatened.
“It was in 2007 when we decided to leave the country for fear of our lives and the lives of our children. It was as if the rug was pulled from under our feet in an instant."
Sabi pa niya, “What happened to Vhong is not the first time such a crime had been committed. It is clear that evil deeds are being exposed. I pray that this will be the last time that it will happen.
“We continue to pray that one day, the truth about the accusations publicly hurled against us will be known and we will finally get our justice.”