MANILA, Philippines – Former sexy star Katrina Paula on Tuesday came forward to deny allegations that she and her live-in partner are involved in carjacking.
Paula maintained that she and Raymond Dominguez, the alleged leader of a “highly-organized carjacking syndicate" in the country, are innocent.
Dominguez is also being linked to the murders of car dealers as well as the killing of "Baywalk Bodies" member Rejoice Rivera.
Paula has been charged with anti-fencing law after they recovered stolen vehicles at the couple's condominium unit in Mandaluyong during a raid in November of last year. Paula, who was not at the condominium at the time of the raid, became the subject of a manhunt by the Philippine National Police.
The former sexy star stressed that there is no reason for her to hide from authorities.
"Nandiyan lang ako pakalat-kalat lang ako. Bakit ako magtatago wala naman akong kasalanan? Respetuhin naman nila ako bilang isang tao. Siyempre hindi nila ako rerespetuhin kasi sexy star ako," she said.
She also cried foul when told that she is now being branded as “carnap queen.”
"Nasasaktan ako pag dating sa ganyan. Hindi ako makagalaw ng tama. Alam mo 'yon, tuwing maglalakad na lang ako, nakatingin sila sa akin na para akong kriminal, di ba? Hindi na makatao ang ginagawa nila sa akin, di ba?" she said.
Paula, Angeline Samonte in real life, also turned emotional while narrating how the case affected her family.
"Siyempre 'yong mga anak ko. Alam ko may pamilya din sila, meron din silang mga anak. Nag-aaral 'yong mga anak ko, nang-aaway na ako ng teacher," she said.
She also defended her live-in partner from all the charges thrown at him, saying Dominguez is a good man. She stressed that he is neither a carjacker nor murderer.
"Naaawa ako sa kanya. Mahal ko siya, hindi ako bibitaw," she said.
She confessed that she and Dominguez have a son.
She also kept her distance from the murder of “Baywalk Bodies” member Rejoice Rivera, who was shot dead in December of last year. It was reported that Dominguez was involved in the killing, and that love triangle is being eyed as the motive in the murder.
She said: “Ano ba yang love triangle na yan? Ang cute ha pero naaawa ako sa kanya. Condolence sa kanila. Pero wala, wala hindi ko siya nakilala, hindi kami close." -Report from Mario Dumaual, ABS-CBN News