Ruffa Gutierrez and Annabelle Rama. File Photo.
MANILA – Ruffa Gutierrez came to the defense of her mom, talent manager Annabelle Rama, after the mother of Sarah Lahbati cried foul last week over how she was allegedly treated during the first birthday party of baby Zion.
Zion is the son of Sarah and Richard Gutierrez, Rama's son.
In an interview with ABS-CBN News' MJ Felipe last week, Ruffa said she is certain that her mother never treated anyone like a dog.
"Doon sa mga taong nakikialam pa and nakikisawsaw pa, hayaan na natin silang ayusin ang problema nila because not every family is perfect. Everyone has misunderstandings at times and miscommunications. But one thing I'm very certain of, my mom didn't treat anyone like a dog," she said.
Last week, Mrs. Lahbati took to Instagram to express her dismay about how 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.
Rama already played down the reports of an alleged rift between her family and Mrs. Lahbati, saying she would rather spend time with Zion.
"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.
Asked if she has any message to Mrs. Lahbati, Ruffa said, "Wala, wala. There’s nothing… I mean, unang una, I really feel for Sarah's mom also kasi hindi mahirap mawalan ng isang anak, mawala at mapunta sa isang asawa or magiging kapamilya mo. It's the same thing with my mom. Siyempre, I'm the only girl. Umiyak ang mommy ko for one week. I'm sure isang taon din siyang malungkot. It's a normal reaction."
"It's not my problem, why would I comment? All I know is my mom would never do such a thing," she added.
Despite this intrigue, both Sarah and Richard have appealed to their supporters to just let them handle their family matters internally in the hope that they may all live in harmony.