MANILA - The Court of Appeals (CA) has affirmed a ruling of a lower court that found actress Rosanna Roces liable to pay P3.1 million in damages to an aesthetic clinic for breach of contract due to defamatory statements she made in 2004.
In a 14-page decision penned by Associate Justice Ramon Bato Jr. dated June 6, 2018, the appellate court’s Eleventh Division upheld the decision of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 220 in favor of Forever Flawless Face and Body Center.
Roces became an endorser of the clinic in exchange for 2,500 shares. She also endorsed beauty services and treatments by well-known celebrity doctor and clinic consultant Victoria Belo of the Belo Medical Group Inc.
In 2003, Roces sold her shares to Forever Flawless for P1.5 million.
The deed of sale was conditioned on an agreement that Roces will not malign or discredit Forever Flawless, its services, products, stockholders, and officers. The deed provided that Roces would pay P1 million for each violation of the agreed conditions.
Thereafter, Roces appeared in interviews accusing Belo of conducting flawed liposuction procedure and of being an “unethical” doctor for printing pictures of her buttocks without permission. She also spoke about Forever Flawless customers suffering from burned skin.
In her defense, Roces claimed she did not give her consent to the execution of the deed of sale even as she admitted receiving P1.5 million as payment. She alleged that her signature appearing on the deed was forged.
The appellate court was unconvinced.
“As correctly held by the RTC, fundamental is the principle that a contract is a law between parties. Absent any showing that its provisions are contrary to law, morals, good customs, public order, or public policy, it should be enforced to the letter,” the CA decision stated.