Reporter seeks support vs 'media bullying'
MANILA, Philippines -- Talent manager Annabelle Rama may soon face a new set of court charges, as entertainment reporter Chito Alcid announced his legal steps after their controversial scuffle last Friday.
|Annabelle Rama and Chito Alcid. File photo
Alcid, through his legal counsel Atty. Lorna Kapunan, on Tuesday said he is set to file a complaint against Rama, following an incident where the talent manager was seen attacking the showbiz writer at the wake of the late veteran actor Dolphy at the Heritage Park in Taguig.
Kapunan also called on members of the media to "unite" against Rama and others whose actions supposedly reflect "media bullying."
"Chito here is going to file a case. We are still studying kung anong kaso 'yun, but certainly, the call here is for everybody to unite, to unite to stop media bullying, not only against Ms. Annabelle Rama, because there are many Annabelle Ramas out there," Kapunan told reporters on Tuesday.
Roots to feud
Alcid, likewise, called for support in his fight against Rama, who is no stranger to facing legal charges from a string of public feuds with other entertainment personalities.
"Hindi dapat panitilihin ang mga ganyan sa telebisyon. Kailangan nating kumilos. Kaya po ako'y nakikiusap sa mga manonood na tulungan niyo po ako sa pakikipaglaban kong ito, dahil hindi ko po makakaya mag-isa," Alcid said.
The entertainment reporter's row with Rama apparently stems from his attacks on the talent manager in his published articles.
"Hindi ko gustong manlait ng kapwa, dahil ako'y Kristyano," Alcid said, referring to Rama's allegations of his unfair reporting. "Pero kinakailangang gamitan ng pwersa at saka ng ganitong mga salita para ang isang tao ay magbago at hindi dumami ang mga katulad ni Annabelle Rama."
It was at the wake of Dolphy where the two finally came face to face -- an incident Rama insists was a pre-meditated move on Alcid's part to supposedly provoke her.
Having witnessed the scuffle herself, Kapunan said Alcid can file cases ranging from grave coercion to serious physical injuries.
"Well, there is grave threat, there is grave coercion, there is public disturbance, there is serious physical injuries, not only to Mr. Alcid, but also to the other witnesses. I myself saw Governor Chavit Singson, he showed us his wounds, his scratches. German Moreno was as well there. Chito himself fell on the floor," the lawyer said.
During the wake, inside a dining hall intended for guests, Rama was caught on video trying to attack Alcid with a walking stick. She was later pacified by other guests, including Singson, before she and her husband actor Eddie Gutierrez made their way out of the dining area.
However, Kapunan claimed the now-controversial footage of the scuffle only shows a fraction of the entire incident.
"It was fortunate there was no media there to video this horrific story. 'Yung nakita niyo is only one-third of this horror story," Kapunan said. "There were the incidences: one involving a knife, another involving an umbrella, and the last involving a baston."
"The facts here are very clear. There will be many witnesses. If he (Alcid) does decide to file a case, and I think if you are wondering where does the truth lie, that will come out in a proper forum," she added.