MANILA, Philippines -- Atty. Ferdinand Topacio on Wednesday announced that he is no longer the legal counsel of young actress Bea Binene, whose family denied involvement in a child abuse case filed by the lawyer against a radio personality linked to the starlet.
|Atty. Ferdinand Topacio and Bea Binene. Composite image
"Ayaw ko na sana magsalita, pero halos araw-araw na lang po ay sinisiraan tayo, at ang ating magandang pangalan," Topacio told ABS-CBN News on Wednesday.
"Kaya't kailangan ko po liwanagin ang issue na ito, upang makita naman po ng madla ang katotohanan tungkol sa pakay na ito," he added.
In a press conference on Wednesday, Topacio sought to address the "adverse publicity" over his filing of a child abuse case against radio personality Dan Christian Villanueva, supposedly on behalf of the Binenes.
The case, filed at the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in September, stems from the alleged links of the 29-year-old disc jockey with the 14-year-old Binene.
After reports of Topacio's legal move surfaced, the Binenes, however, expressed shock, saying that the filing of the case was done without their consent.
"Nagkaroon ng parang adverse publicity, sinabi bigla nila na hindi nila ako abugado, na wala akong authority na mag-file ng kaso. At ako pa daw ang kakasuhan nila," Topacio said.
Last week, the Binenes' legal counsel, Flordeliza Vargas, said the family is mulling a case against Topacio, for his supposed "interloping" in the case.
In a report aired on the newscast "24 Oras," the Binenes claimed that they had merely sought the legal advice of Topacio in the alleged altercation of the young actress with Villanueva, but that they did not give the lawyer a "go signal" to file any case.
"Hindi naman ho maganda ito na interloper tayo, o pakialamero, na hindi naman natin kliyente, pinapakailaman natin," said Topacio of the accusation. "Napakasagwa po nito. Kaya kailangan na akin pong klaruhin itong mga isyung ito."
According to Topacio, as the Binenes' former legal counsel, he represented them in making the legal move against the radio jock.
"Ako po na tumatayo dati bilang abugado ni Ms. Bea Binene ay inasistihan ko po sila na magsampa ng kasong child abuse against another GMA talent, Mr. Dan Christian Villanueva, also known as Papa Dan," Topacio said.
Asked to elaborate on the reported links between Binene and the radio DC, Topacio said: "Alam niyo, pag magsalita ako diyan, magagalit na naman ang GMA-7 eh. Ayoko na sana palakihin ang gulo. Iniisip ng GMA, I'm out to get them eh. Hindi totoo eh."