MANILA – (UPDATED) The mother of Sarah Lahbati took to the image-sharing site Instagram to prove that she was the one who took care of baby Zion since he was born.
In a series of posts which started on June 19, Sarah’s mother Esther has been posting pictures of the baby, recalling how she and her husband Abdel took care of Lahbati's son with actor Richard Gutierrez.
In one of her posts, Esther recalled the difficulty they had to endure trying to hide the baby from the public, calling these "moments of truth."
"Hinihintay ko ang oras na walang tao sa daan sa Geneva para lang mailabas si Zion,” she said.
In another post, Mrs. Lahbati took a swipe at Gutierrez’s mother, talent manager Annabelle Rama.
“Lahat ng hirap kami. Tapos ngayon ang claim ng Lola sila ang nag alaga. Wow! Maliwanag pa sa sikat ng araw ang mga pictures na to,” she said.
Sharing pictures of their travels in Europe and the United States, Lahbati's mother lamented that they are not being given any credit, despite being hands-on grandparents to Zion.
“Kahit saan kami pumunta para kaming TNT. Sa Italy ito kami 3 lagi ang magkasama. So nasaan kami ngayon? Bale wala na,” she said.
“I was there too in LA. It's not about all the material things. iniwan din nila sa akin si Zion. nagkasakit ako ng October. bumalik ako ng Switzerland for my check up. Then bumalik ako ng LA Jan. 07,14 para madala ko na sa Phils si Zion dahil hindi nila kaya ilabas si Zion,” she added.
Following her posts, “The Buzz” tried to get an interview with Mrs. Lahbati, who sent a statement.
“We have decided not to discuss the issue publicly. We believe that it is in the best interest of the people involved that we, as a family, resolve this matter in private. Thank you very much,” her statement read.
Mrs. Lahbati is hoping people would stop adding fuel to the fire for the sake of her daughter and grandson. She is also asking the public to respect her as Zion’s grandmother.
Just last week, Mrs. Lahbati allegedly cried foul over how she was treated during the first birthday party and dedication of her grandson.
She supposedly took to Instagram to air her dismay that she was made to look like a “patay gutom” during her grandson’s party.
“The Truth! Masakit ang ma ignore sa party. Hindi naman pwede pera pera na lang ang lagi nangingibabaw. Para lang makilala ka sa lipunan. Pag wala ka pera di ka kilala,” she said.
“At the end of the day sinabihan pa 'ko ng, 'Esther, magbalot ka ng mga tirang pagkain dyan.' Pinarinig pa sa mga bisita, grabe! Naawa ako sa sarili ko. The whole party hindi ako pinansin tapos para ako patay gutom na aalukin ng tira pagkain,” she added.
On the other hand, Rama played down reports of an alleged rift between her family and Esther.
"Busy ako kay Baby Zion, nakaka-in love, nakakawala ng stress, kaya di ko na pinapansin lahat ng mga intriga. Ayaw kong pumatol sa mga taong kinakawawa ang sarili nila. Basta ako, I won't allow myself to be kawawa, move on, forget the past... kung ako pa sa iyo, laruin mo na lang si Zion para mawala ang negative vibes sa katawan mo," Rama said.
Both Lahbati and Gutierrez have appealed to their supporters to just let them handle their family matters internally in a hope that they may all live in harmony.