Tina Paner: I am also a victim in scam

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 20 2013 07:38 PM | Updated as of Jan 21 2013 07:31 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Former singer and actress Tina Paner finally broke her silence on accusations that she sold fake plane tickets to her fellow Filipinos in Barcelona, Spain last year.

In an exclusive interview with “The Buzz” that aired on Sunday, Paner explained that she herself was a victim of the scam.

“Yung nangyaring scam na 'yan, that was last year, July. May nilabas na offer or promo for Barcelona-Manila and Manila-Barcelona sa murang halaga. Mga 685 to 700 euros. So ako bilang agent, may ipapabenta sa 'yo na ticket [ang travel agency], so every benta mo may commission ka. Siyempre marami kaming ahente na nag-grab ng opportunity na makapagbenta,” she said.

Paner said she was also caught off guard when she learned that the tickets the travel agency asked them to sell were fake.

Out of fear, Paner said she bought another set of expensive tickets just so her clients would be able to fly home to the Philippines.

“If the price they got is 685 to 700 euros, I bought another ticket worth 1,200, 1,600, 1,800 euros para lahat ng mga clients, hindi nila alam makakalipad sila. Ang nakalipad halos nasa 100 until December. So lahat ng savings ko naubos. But 'yung 100 na passengers, lahat 'yun nakalipad,” she shared.

Former singer and actress Tina Paner breaks silence amid accusations that she sold fake plane tickets in Spain

Asked why there are still Filipinos coming out complaining of the fake tickets, Paner said: “May passengers pa kasi na leaving for January until March. Ang nangyari kasi nung binayaran nila sa akin, so para mai-fly 'yung mga ibang kliyente, iyon ang pinambayad doon para makalipad."

Saying there are only around 20 passengers left, Paner stressed that she never really intended to run from her clients.

“Hindi ako nagtatago. Naging tahimik ako because nakaka-receive ako ng death threats. Dumating sa point na may ibang client, tumatawag sa akin, nakausap ng anak ko. Sabi sa anak ko, 'Sabihin mo sa mommy mo ipapapatay ko siya. Sasaktan ko siya kapag nakita ko siya.' Being a mother, mas uunahin ko ang security ng anak ko,” she explained.

Saying she understands if her clients are mad at her, Paner assured them that she will give their money back.

“Ang message ko naman doon sa mga natitira, huwag ho kayo mag-alala. Kung ano man ang responsibilidad ko, kung ano man ang dapat kong ibalik sa inyo, ibabalik ko po sa inyo. Hindi man buo, o hindi man ngayon, basta ipinapangako ko na ibabalik ko,” she said.