By BOY VILLASANTA
When the Thursday evening news broke the story about the murder of an FHM ( Philippines edition) model in Olongapo, Viva Hot Babe Anne Scott wasn’t paying attention. She dismissed it even further when her mother remarked that it was likely just another bleak report about a drug-related slaying. Scott only learned from this reporter that the murdered FHM model referred to in the news was her friend and fellow Viva Hot Babe Scarlet Garcia.
"Oh! My God! Si Scarlet ba ‘yon? 'Nay, nangilabot ako. Lahat ng balahibo ko, tumayo. (Was that Scarlet? Oh my, I’m getting goosebumps all over)," Scott said in a shocked, frightened voice in shock in the middle of being made up for her own FHM shoot Friday afternoon at Café Socialista in Ermita.
Scarlet Garcia and three companions were shot dead by still unidentified assailants inside their apartment on Acacia Street , Barangay Gordon Hills in Olongapo. The suspects then set fire to the victims’ remains in an apparent effort to destroy evidence.
Garcia’s live-in partner George Castor, Jr., 23, her cousin Rachel Estacio, 21 and her cousin's boyfriend Von Mark Bandejas were killed in cold blood.
Humble and kind
"Ang bait-bait ni Scarlet. Nauna ako sa kanya sa Viva Hot Babes pero siya ‘yong wala ere at close ko. (Scarlet was a very kind and humble person. I joined Viva Hot Babes ahead of her but we became close because she put on no airs)," revealed Scott, who just like Garcia also previously modeled for FHM last year.
Scott also revealed that fellow Viva Hot Babe Jaycee Parker became Scarlet's manager when the newbie joined their group. "Kasi, pinsang-buo ni Danilo Barrios si Scarlet. Taga-Olongapo talaga si Scarlet. (Danilo Barrios is Scarlet’s first cousin. She is really from Olongapo)."
Barrios is Parker’s girlfriend and the actor was the one who convinced Scarlet to join Viva Hot Babes.
Later in the interview, Scott called up Parker to get more news about the tragedy.
"Nandito ako ngayon sa Olongapo. Naglilinis na ako ng bahay nina Scarlet. Dito siya ibuburol. (I am now in Olongapo. I am cleaning things up in Scarlet’s apartment. We’re having the funeral here.)," Parker told Scott via speakerphone.
Parker said that she’s in a world of hurt because of what happened to her talent and close friend.
"Ang sakit ng nangyari sa alaga ko. Iniimbestigahan pa ang kaso. (What happened to my talent is very painful. The case is under investigation)," said Parker before ending the conversation. The whole incident was still too painful for her to talk about at length.
Scott then called up another Viva Hot Babe and common friend, Sachie. Sachie said that she's in a state of lingering shock after seeing TV footage of Garcia’s blood splashed on the apartment floor.
"May asawa ‘yong sinasabi na ka-live in ni Scarlet. E, di ba, may boyfriend pa na Japanese si Scarlet? Grabe ang nangyari. Hardcore murder talaga. (I heard that the live-in partner of Scarlet has a wife. Of course, we also know that Scarlet has a Japanese boyfriend. What happened was terrible. It was really hardcore murder)," said Sachie, her voice steady over the speaker phone.
She also shared more details about the crime scene and one of the police’s supposed theories as to what happened.
"Hubo’t hubad pala sina Scarlet at ‘yong guy. Ang teorya, pinag-sex muna ‘yong dalawa at pagkatapos ay pinatay. Pati ‘yong pinsan ni Scarlet, hubad rin. Grabe. (Scarlet and the guy were found naked. The theory was that they were forced to have sex before they were killed. Scarlet’s cousin was also naked. It’s terrible)," she said.
She added that what scares her most about the killing was that the motivation seemed to be pure murder. "Nakakatakot. Hindi naman robbery dahil wala namang ninakaw sa kanila. Ibang klase. (It’s frightening. Nothing was stolen from the place. This is no ordinary crime.)"
In the midst of her fear and shock, Scott told abs-cbnNEWS.com that at that moment, she couldn’t get out of her mind Garcia’s oft-repeated claim that she was a virgin.
"Sabi niya sa akin no’n, virgin pa siya. Ba’t gano’n? (She kept insisting to me before that she was still a virgin. Why would she do that)?" she wondered, adding that she treated Garica like a little sister.
Scott will be going to Olongapo on Sunday to attend Garcia’s wake, along with two other Viva Hot Babes, Sachie and Maricar. The four of them starred in the sex video "Pinoy Kamasutra" released by Viva Entertainment last year.