|ABS-CBN News' Mario Dumaual interviews the glamor model whose name has been dragged into the alleged Azkals rape scandal.
MANILA, Philippines – A glamor model whose name was dragged into the alleged rape case involving members of the Philippine Azkals football team has finally broken her silence about the issue.
She cried foul after she was removed from the roster of a men's magazine show allegedly because of the rape issue.
Her legal counsel, lawyer Apollo Sangalang, said the model was pulled out "because of the issue the management has heard about."
"We’ve been rehearsing for days. I gave my heart to it…. They pulled me out of the show, wala naman akong ginagawa to everyone,” the model said.
“I’m part of the show. I joined this competition for a condom brand na 20 girls kami, then they cut it to 12… ‘Yong 12, may dance number kami,” she said.
“That's [ejection from show] harassment. This is my job and I insisted that I’d be part of the show… I put my heart to it, I dedicated myself. All my efforts are nasayang lang kasi I’m not going to be part of it.”
She said her lawyer is now looking into her legal options.
When asked to react about her being dragged into the alleged rape incident, she said: “I’ve already referred that matter to my lawyer and he advised me not to be out in the open until we have studied the case thoroughly including the ramifications. And so far, no comment on that issue that I cannot prove at this point.”
She added: “How would you feel kung nadawit ka, ang anak mo or sister mo? So, you can just imagine how I feel, di ba?”
The model, who graduated from the University of the Philippines with a major in physics, said her family is still not aware of the issue.
Sangalang also reacted to the controversy.
“She doesn’t want this issue to appear like a publicity stunt. And next, she also doesn’t want to downgrade, put in a bad light or pull down the entire Azkals team and the entire Philippine football. She doesn’t want to do that,” Sangalang said in a statement sent to ABS-CBN News.
“She knows that these Azkals are very popular right now. Public sympathy will not be on her side. So, these are some of the matters she is thinking about and reflecting on. Actually, she changed her phone number because she's being harassed right now,” the lawyer added.
In the face of the controversy, she is grateful to those who have been sending her “messages of love and support.”
The company behind the men's magazine said it was not behind the decision to pull the model out of the show. It also refused to release a statement regarding the rape controversy. -Report from Mario Dumaual, ABS-CBN News