Starlet Krista Miller explains why she visited convicted drug lord Camata. Photo by Reyma Deveza, ABS-CBNnews.com
Starlet says no sex with drug convict during hospital visit
MANILA (2nd UPDATE) - Sexy starlet Krista Miller was emotional on Friday as she spoke up on the controversy linking her to the special treatment given to convicted drug lord Ricardo Camata at a hospital in Manila.
In a press conference on Friday afternoon, Miller stressed that her visit to Camata last May 31 was "purely business" since she was only trying to sell real estate, not her body.
"Kaya nga po ako nagta-trabaho ng maayos. Kaya nga po ako nagti-tyaga akong pumasok sa opisina, nage-MRT ako, hindi ko iniisip na artista ako tuwing pumapasok ako sa opisina kasi para sa akin ay nagta-trabaho ako. Walang special treatment dito, walang VIP, VIP dito, basta ako nagta-trabaho ng maayos, kung ano ang dapat kong sundin sa opisina ginagawa ko," Miller said.
The actress said she decided to speak up to give her side after receiving negative and hurtful messages via social media.
"Unang una po, sa social media, kalat naman po doon, nababasa ko ang comment nila sa akin, yun ang hindi ko ma-take kaya nakapag-decide kaming magsasalita na ako kasi habang tumatagal hindi alam ng tao kung ano yung totoo," said Miller, who faced the media with her talent managers.
"Pumunta ako ng ospital, purely business ang ipinunta ko doon dahil pina-follow up ko ang deal namin ni Mr. Camata. Wala po akong ibang masamang ginawa doon sa loob yun lamang po," she said.
Miller said she met Camata when she joined National Bilibid Prison's "sagala night."
"Hindi ko alam ang background ni Mr. Camata. Ako po, ang ginawa ko ay nagbebenta lang ako," said Miller, who also offered to cooperate with the Department of Justice.
Miller again became emotional when she talked about the reaction of her family to the controversy.
"Nandoon po ang pagkagulat siyempre, nagulat sila sa isyu na ibinabato sa akin. Pero alam nila kung ano ang trabaho ko sa pag-aartista at sa real estate din po," she said.
Miller said she won't be filling any charges against anyone, and that she hopes speaking up would be enough to clear her name.
"Para sa akin, kung ano po (ang mangyayari) ay pinapasa-Diyos ko na lang yan, alam naman po ng Diyos kung ano ang totoo. Kaya ako nandito sa harapan niyo para linisin ko ang pangalan ko dahil kung anuman ang binabato nila sa akin ay wala pong katotohanan yon," Miller said.
"Nandito ako para linisin ang pangalan ko at hindi palakihin ang gulo," she added.
BEHIND IN SALES QUOTA
In her prepared statement, Miller said she is deeply hurt by the speculations that she was engaged in commercial sex or worse, even selling drugs.
“Hindi po ako masamang babae, real estate properties ang ibinibenta ko at hindi ang sarili ko. Mas lalong hindi rin ako gumagamit ng drugs o kaya’y involved sa anumang illegal na gawain,” Miller said.
The starlet explained that she started working as a real estate agent in January, but she has been in the “red line” for two months now for failure to meet her monthly sales quota.
"Maraming kliyenteng nag-u-offer ng indecent proposals pero hindi po ako ganong klaseng babae… Dahil kailangan ko pong maalis sa red line kaya’t sobra talaga ang effort ko na makapagbenta as long as wala akong masamang gagawin. Ito rin po ang reason kung bakit nagpunta ako ng hospital, para makumbinsi si Mr. Camata na bumili ng condo unit,” Miller explained.
Miller said she was not aware of the policy that only family members were allowed to visit prisoners in the hospital and that she needed clearance from the Department of Justice (DOJ).
Regarding the issue that she was left in Camata’s room for 10 minutes, Miller explained that they only talked business. “Wala kaming ginawang makakadungis sa pagkababae ko. In fact, may pumasok po roong nurse at inayos ang kanyang suwero. Ang pinag-usapan po namin ay ang mga condo units na inu-offer ko sa kanya.”
Justice Undersecretary Francisco Baraan III on Wednesday identified Miller as the "fair-skinned woman" who visited Camata at the hospital.
Baraan said he went to the hospital on Tuesday to review the footage of a CCTV camera installed in front of Camata's room.
The DOJ has ordered the relief of New Bilibid Prison (NBP) Chief Supt. Fajardo Lansangan and 12 jail guards over the alleged special treatment being given to high-profile inmates.
Miller said she is willing to cooperate with authorities to clear her name.
This is not the first controversy that Miller has been involved in. She is the starlet who was tagged in the separation of actor Cesar Montano and actress Sunshine Cruz last year.