MANILA, Philippines – A press group on Monday urged a news boycott on talent manager Annabelle Rama following her attack on entertainment columnist Chito Alcid at the wake of the late Comedy King Dolphy Quizon.
Jerry Yap, chairman of Alab ng Mamamahayag (ALAM), said Rama’s attack came after she filed a case against Alcid in Cebu.
Yap said he also reached out to Rama but received a tongue-lashing from the feisty talent manager.
"Bago natapos ang aking termino bilang pangulo ng National Press Club, lumapit na 'yan sa akin, si Chito Alcid. Siya ay takot na takot at nangangamba na baka isang araw ay saktan siya ni Annabelle Rama. Ang sabi ko hayaan mo at ako ay gagawa ng personal na liham kay Ms. Annabelle Rama at pinadala ko naman yung sulat,” he said.
“Sumunod nga niyan, itong nakaraang buwan sinampahan niya ng kasong libelo itong si Mr. Alcid doon pa sa Cebu. Eh maliwanag na isang media harassment ito dahil alam naman ng lahat ng mayroon siyang bahay sa White Plains, Quezon City. Bakit kailangan pa niya sa Cebu i-file ang kasong libelo?”
Yap said he sees no reason why Rama would create a scene and attack Alcid during the wake of the Comedy King.
Rama has already apologized to the Quizon family for the commotion she caused, saying she was provoked by Alcid.
The ALAM chairman said Rama has become abusive towards reporters whom she does not agree with.
“Ito na nga 'yung nakakalungkot sa burol ng ating Hari ng Komedya si Tito Dolphy doon siya pinagmumura at ibig saktan. Sa aming pananaw ay abuso na ito itong ginagawa ni Ms. Rama na kung siya ay nagagalit sa isang reporter ay ganoon ang ginagawa niya, hindi na natin mapapalambas ito," he said.
Yap asked media to boycott showbiz news about Rama. She also asked entertainment media to declare Rama a persona non-grata.