MANILA, Philippines – Actresses Ruffa Gutierrez and Amalia Fuentes met face to face but refused to talk to each other at the Quezon City Regional Trial Court on Tuesday morning.
The daughter of talent manager Annabelle Rama submitted her counter-affidavit to Fuentes's libel suit against her.
Gutierrez refused to give any comment to media.
"I have never made an imputation of a crime, or of a vice or defect, real or imaginary, or any act, omission, condition status or circumstance, much less publicly against anybody; and neither have i made any malicious statements against any person which would in any manner tend to cause dishonor, discredit or contempt," Gutierrez said in her counter-affidavit.
Gutierrez also claimed that the supposedly malicious tweets mentioned in the libel case were not addressed to Fuentes.
"The complainant does not state any allegation that would logically show how complainant had deduced taht any of the alleged statements made referred to her. Complainant herself admits that her name was never mentioned in any of the alleged statements," Gutierrez said in her counter-affidavit.
Gutierrez specifically defended her statement about an 80-year-old woman and alluded that it is not about Fuentes.
"Any person beyond 80 years of age or below it for that matter, at the time the said statement were made shall be deemed excluded," she said.
Fuentes, for her part, had no specific comments about Gutierrez but said she was not surprised that they did not talk to each other.
“Ruffa is her mother's daughter; kung kaharap ko edukada, may pinag-aralan mag-e-expect pa ako. Pero since it is her hindi ako nagulat na ganyan siya," she said.
Fuentes instead focused on the latest claims of Rama that she cannot find work, saying it is her choice not to work.
Given her stature in the entertainment industry, she said she is free to choose projects that she deems fit.
Fuentes is given until July 3 to submit her response to claims in Gutierrez's counter affidavit.