Annabelle relieved after arrest warrant lifted

Posted at 06/18/2012 3:45 PM | Updated as of 06/18/2012 5:15 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Talent manager Annabelle Rama can heave a sigh of relief after a local court jugde withdrew the arrest warrant that was issued against her.

Quezon City Regional Trial Court judge Eleuterio Bathan ordered for Rama’s arrest last June 11 after the talent manager failed to attend the court hearings involving the 14 counts of libel that actress Nadia Montenegro filed.

Talent manager Annabelle Rama. File photo

“Nagulat ako, shocked talaga. Super shocked noong sinabi may warrant...kaya sabi ko uwi na lang ako dyan, kaya nandito ako ngayon para humarap sa judge,” she told ABS-CBN News on Monday.

Rama’s lawyer Howard Calleja said his client did not intend to snub the case hearing.

“Warrant lang 'yun kasi may time, 'yung isang beses na hindi nakadating si Miss Annabelle. Hindi naman niya ito sinasadya...humingi lang kami ng pagintindi kay Judge Bathan. Nagpapasalamat [kami] sa kanyang pag-lift ng warrant,” Calleja said.

According to Rama, Montenegro should not have celebrated her so-called victory because they have yet to hear the case.

“Sa nangyari ngayon, walang puntos para kay Nadia. Ito nagkaroon ako ng warrant kasi hindi ako sumipot. Sabi niya kasi sa TV doon malalaman ng taumbayan kung sino ang nagsasabi ng totoo. Papano nangyari, wala pa kaming hearing, papano naging totoo ang sinasabi niya?” she said.

Rama and Montenegro are set to face in court on June 25.

While she is currently focused on the libel charges filed by Montenegro, Rama said she is also holding her ground on the libel charges filed by actress Amalia Fuentes against her.

Fuentes sued Rama for libel following the talent manager’s consecutive posts on the microblogging site Twiiter allegedly attacking her reputation and public image.

“Yung mga tweet ko totoo lang naman 'yun, wala akong inimbento. Lalabanan ko na lang sila. Nakita ko siya sa Internet, umiiyak siya sa interview niya sa 'TV Patrol.' Ano 'yan luha ba 'yan ni Satanas o luha ni Hudas? Ba’t ka pa umiyak? Akala ko matapang siya, iyak sya ng iyak,” Rama said.

Rama also defended television host Bianca Gonzalez, who is also facing a libel suit filed by Fuentes.

“Nabasa ko nga 'yung kanyang interview laban kay Bianca. Kawawa naman 'yung bata. Ininterview lang ako ni Bianca, sinabit sabit niya pa sa ganung gulo. Pinagmamalaki niya pa na nag-aral sya ng six years sa Amerika. Eh ano ngayon? Gamitin mo 'yung pinagaralan mo day. Ba’t wala kang trabaho? Gusto mo sumikat, sumikat ka sa sarili mo. Magpapayat ka,” said Rama.

Fuentes earlier said she has nothing personal against Gonzalez but her article published on The Philippine Star is what sparked her row with Rama. – from a report by Ginger Conejero, ABS-CBN News