MANILA, Philippines – Former actress Nadia Montenegro shared in detail how her tiff with talent manager Annabelle Rama started.
In an interview with “The Buzz” aired on Sunday, Montegro came off strong and promised not to cry because Rama is not worth the tears.
Montenegro said it all started when she and her husband Boy Asistio trusted Rama to manage the careers of their two daughters who also wanted to try show business.
“When another network opened, my other daughters Anika and Alyanna who also want to join showbiz was offered by Annabelle a bagets show. It was a very, very casual. ‘Sige let’s try it,’ she shared.
During that time, she said she was really comfortable that nothing bad will ever happen to her kids because it was Rama who’s looking after them.
“Annabelle, honestly, I really thought my kids walang puwedeng umaway diyan kapag si Annabelle ang manager,” she said.
Montenegro said she and Rama had an understanding that her kids’ first priority will still be school. But soon that would not be the case.
“Nag-umpisa po ang problema sa trabaho na ng dalawang anak ko, dalawang minors. Ang usapan namin, priority ang school and she admitted it in her interviews that she did make the children choose school or showbiz. And ang usapan lang namin, they will only working weekends,” she said.
“Dumating na sa punto na naga-argue na kami tungkol sa schedules kasi sabi nga ang parent daw dapat [in charge] but she would always tell me na ‘Ako ang manager, huwag kang makialam.’ Doon na nag-umpisa,” she added.
Montenegro said she tried to keep quiet about the problem because she was trying her best to work it out “as peaceful as I can.”
But Montenegro claimed Rama was not interested in the welfare of her kids.
“When I told her na ‘Tita Annabelle nag-usap na kami ni Boy and then we decided na baka pupuwede namang mapag-usapan na natin ito. Patigilin na natin ang mga bata. Mag-aaral na lang sila.’ Hindi raw puwede kasi package deal daw sila ng mga talents daw niya. Hindi daw puwede kasi masisira daw pangalan niya sa ganito,” she narrated.
Asked why people should believe her stories, Montenegro said: “Totoo lang ang sinasabi ko. Kilala niyo kung anong klaseng babae ang kalaban ko. Patawarin nga ako ng Diyos, kung hindi lang ako si ako, ibang laban. Sabi ko nga matagal nang burado sa mundo itong taong ito. Pero hindi ganun. Gusto ko makita siyang naghihirap sa mga kasalanan niya.”
She also gave a message to Rama. “Annabelle you claim that you go to church everyday pero araw-araw mayroon ka ring sinusumpang tao. Araw-araw may sinasaktan kang tao. Nasa korte na tayo. Tama na,” Montenegro told the feisty manager.
Rama’s camp reacts
Right after the interview aired, Rama was quick to air her side on Twitter.
“Demonyitang sinungaling! Napakapangit mo sa TV, mukha kang mangkukulam. Napakasinungaling mo,” she said.
Meanwhile, “The Buzz” also took the side of Rama’s camp about the situation.
According to her lawyers, they welcome and respect the decision of the Quezon City Fiscal’s Office to "dismiss the charge for child abuse filed by Ms. Montenegro against our client Ms. Annabelle Rama.”
Rama’s camp said the dismissal of the child abuse case clearly indicates the talent manager’s innocence.
As for Montenegro’s statement that she intends to present more witnesses on the child abuse case, Rama’s camp said it is “well within her right or prerogative to do whatever pelases her.”