Krista a 'victim of wrong speculation,' says manager
MANILA -- The Department of Justice (DOJ) has released footage from a CCTV camera showing starlet Krista Miller visiting convicted drug lord Ricardo Camata at the Metropolitan Hospital in Manila last May 31.
The footage shows a hallway on the sixth floor at the hospital with a clear view of the door to Room 601, where Camata was confined supposedly to receive treatment for a lung ailment.
A number of security personnel from the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) can also be seen outside the room, which is just beside a stairway.
At 7:24 p.m., two men arrive with a tall, fair-skinned woman who has been identified by Justice Undersecretary Francisco Baraan III as Miller.
Miller has a bag, while the two men are seen carrying a box each.
Apparently waiting outside the door, Miller and her companions are let in by another man wearing a cap -- identified as Camata by Baraan -- who came from outside the room.
At 8:11 p.m., the two companions of Miller emerge from the room, apparently leaving the starlet and Camata inside.
The two men return at 8:18 p.m. but appear to hesitate entering the room. They are let in by one of the security escorts.
At 8:21 p.m., Miller exits the room along with her companions and Camata.
Camata then appears to joke around with a security escort.
"May dumating na bisita, hindi man lang tinanong kung sino sila, hindi ni-time in at ni-log out," Baraan told ABS-CBN News. "May bag pa 'yung babae, hindi man lang tsinek kung ano ang laman non. Kung may baril o drugs doon hindi natin alam."
According to Baraan, Camata met Miller during the NBP's Flower Festival event last May where the starlet was a guest performer.
"Kilala raw nila si Krista dahil naging guest daw 'yan one time sa Mayflower Festival sa Bilibid. Inimbitahan ni Camata. Even then, kilala na, hindi pa rin dapat pinayagan na bumisita 'yan," Baraan said.
In a statement given to ABS-CBN News, Miller's manager, Juan Paulo Infante, said the starlet is "a victim of this issue and wrong speculation."
"As she has nothing to hide, she will air her side tomorrow at her presscon," he said.
Camata, leader of the Sigue Sigue Sputnik gang, is one of the 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 was allowed by NBP Chief Supt. Fajardo Lansangan, even without the consent of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, according to Baraan.
Lansangan and 12 jail guards have since been relieved from their posts.
In January last year, Miller was accused by actress Sunshine Cruz of having an affair with her husband Cesar 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." -- with reports from Maan Macapagal, Mario Dumaual, ABS-CBN News