Ruffa speaks up on Annabelle-Nadia row


Posted at Apr 23 2012 02:26 PM | Updated as of Apr 24 2012 06:23 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Actress and former beauty queen Ruffa Gutierrez came to the defense of her mother Annabelle Rama, who is in the middle of a court battle involving former actress Nadia Montenegro.

Actress Ruffa Gutierrez with mom Annabelle Rama. File photo

Speaking to “The Buzz” on Sunday, Gutierrez said she and her family happily welcomed the decision of the Quezon City Fiscal’s Office when it junked the child abuse case filed by Montenegro against Rama.

“Tuwang-tuwa po ako na binasura ng korte ang kasong child abuse laban sa nanay ko. For me it’s a vindication. My mom basically had to fight for her honor, fight for what she believed in. Nagsabi lang siya ng totoo,” she said.

As for the affirmed 14 counts of libel, Gutierrez said Rama said those things merely as reactions to Montenegro’s false accusations.

“That’s actually just a reaction to the child abuse case against her. Hindi naman niya sasabihin ang mga nasabi niya kung wala naman talagang kaso. A person can only take so much,” she said.

Gutierrez said her mom is also just a human being who defends herself when she gets hurt.

“Bilang isang tao, ang nanay ko nasasaktan din. So kung may nasabi siyang mga masasakit, pawang katotohanan lamag iyon at galing sa puso niya para i-defend ang sarili niya,” she said.

Gutierrez, however, became emotional when she talked about how even her innocent children are being dragged into the issue.

“Don’t include naman my children na wala namang kaalam-alam. Kapag isinasali pala ang mga anak, nagiging matapang ka rin pala. Huwag na sana idamay ang mga bata. How can a human being invent such thing? Where do they get this?” she said.

Gutierrez said even his dad Eddie Gutierrez does not deserve to receive bad words because “he has honor and dignity.”

“He’s the best dad that anyone can ever have and we’re not gonna allow anyone to ruin his reputation. Hindi na bale mommy ko, kaya naman niya eh. She’s a fighter... don’t talk about our dad kasi he’s one person na talagang mabait, walang tinatapakang tao,” he said.

Asked if she is still hoping to iron things out with Montenegro, Gutierrez said: “No I don’t think we could ever be friends again. I choose my friends. I want to be surrounded by good friends. Being magkaibigan, definitely not. But I don’t wish her any harm. I don’t wish her any bad things.”