The actress and former Binibining Pilipinas-Universe Maria Isabel Lopez vehemently denied she ever wished Binibining Pilipinas Charity, Inc. founder and organizer Stella Marquez-Araneta dead.
Lopez made the denial after entertainment editor and writer Ricardo F. Lo wrote in his April 19, 2010 Philippine Star Fanfare column that “Ma. Isabel Lopez lashed out to BPCI Stella Marquez-Araneta and 'wished her dead!' Foul Foul Foul. Bad public behavior for a beauty queen.”
In an exclusive interview Wednesday afternoon with Maria Isabel, she pleaded that Lo not to put words into her mouth.
“These are the words that I stated: 'Last year, after the controversy of BPCI not inviting me and attempting to let me leave Araneta Coliseum, I have made a decision na para wala na lang gulo. I will only return to the Bb. Pilipinas Pageant night when Stella Marquez already rests in peace.' I never said 'I wish her dead.' As I responded to Cristy Fermin's question in her show last April 18, 2010, I can never wish somebody to be dead!
Unang una, We don't own our lives since ang buhay natin sa mundong ito ay hiram lang. It belongs to God. I can never wish that to anyone. On another note, I also mentioned on the TV show that I want the BPCI head to have peace in her heart and come to terms with herself that I was her former Bb. Pilipinas Universe 1982."
"Ricky Lo misquoted me and put words into my mouth," Lopez said. "He is one of my respected journalists pa naman and that to me is foul! He even said it was bad public behavior for a beauty queen. To me, irresponsible ang pag-misquote niya sa akin nang ganuon. That to me is bad public behavior.”
Lopez also declared that she would not attend this year's Bb. Pilipinas show to be held at the Araneta Coliseum.
“I have other more important things to do,” she said.
Among the more important things Lopez has to do is to attend the Gawad Urian awards night of Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino at the UP Theater where she was nominated as Best Supporting Actress for the film “Kinatay,” a tale of how drug syndicate butchered a prostitute's body.
Lopez's boyfriend, American Wade Rowland is planing in from the United States to escort her to the awarding ceremonies.
She is also helping out a dear friend, erstwhile model Arlene Fernandez, find her househelp Eloisa Tolentino who allegedly took P400,000 from Fernandez last April 15, 2010.