Starlet Krista Miller. Photo from her official Facebook fan page
MANILA - Controversial starlet Krista Miller, who was tagged in the separation of actor Cesar Montano and actress Sunshine Cruz last year, has been identified as one of the visitors of convicted drug lord Ricardo Camata during his stay at a hospital recently.
Speaking on radio DZMM, Justice Undersecretary Francisco Baraan III on Wednesday identified Miller as the "fair-skinned woman" who visited Camata last May 31 at the Metropolitan Hospital in Manila.
Baraan said he went to the hospital on Tuesday to review the footage of a CCTV camera installed in front of Camata's room.
"Kumbaga, sapul na sapul," he said.
"Iyong babae na 'yun si Krista Miller. Sinabi ng mga jail guards, tapos inamin daw ni Camata sa mga investigator ng BuCor (Bureau of Corrections) na siya nga 'yung guest niya sa araw na 'yun," he added.
According to Baraan, Miller was accompanied by two men.
The 12 prison guards accompanying Camata, Baraan added, did not appear professional in keeping the area secure.
"Ni hindi man lang nila kinapkapan, hindi kinuha 'yung pangalan, hindi ni-logbook nung pagpasok at paglabas," Baraan said. "Si Camata, ayun, sumalubong siya. Ang lakas-lakas niya. Eh akala ko ba siya ay between life and death, eh mas malakas pa sa kabayo ang itsura niya."
"Si Camata naka-cellphone tumatawag-tawag, nagte-text, iniwan-iwan. Meron siyang katabing stairs pababa. He could have easily escaped kung ginusto niya. Tapos ano bang laman nung bag ng Miller na 'yun? Baka may drugs, hindi natin alam," he said.
Miller stayed in Camata's room for more than an hour, Baraan added.
On June 1, one of the two men who accompanied Miller returned, this time with two other women who could not be identified, as they had no logbook entries.
"In fact, one of them stayed up to the wee hours of the morning, inumaga siya," Baraan said.
Camata, leader of the Sigue Sigue Sputnik gang, is one of the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) inmates who have allegedly been getting special treatment.
At least two other inmates at the NBP's maximum security compound -- Herbert Colangco and Armin Buratong -- were also taken to private hospitals in May.
Camata's confinement at the Metropolitan Hospital, supposedly to receive treatment for a lung ailment, was allowed by NBP Chief Supt. Fajardo Lansangan even without the consent of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, according to Baraan.
Fajardo and 12 jail guards have been relieved from their posts.
In January last year, Miller was accused by Cruz of having an affair with Montano, which led to the couple's separation after 13 years of marriage.
Miller appeared in the 2013 biopic "The Turning Cradle: The Untold Story of Alfredo Lim," which Montano directed and starred in.
Following the controversy involving Cruz and Montano, Miller posed for a men's magazine and joined the sexy reality show "Boracay Bodies."