Ailing showbiz writer says sorry to celebs
Chito Alcid drops legal case vs Annabelle Rama
MANILA -- "My life is not that long. I want peace, a joyful life."
This, according to showbiz writer Chito Alcid, is his motivation in seeking forgiveness of celebrities he has feuded with throughout his career.
Alcid, during a press conference held Monday, said he has been diagnosed with colon cancer. Five tumors were found in his liver, according to the entertainment columnist, with his weight dropping from 230 lbs. to 190 lbs. since July.
"Marami akong nagawan ng pagkakamali... Talaga namang writer na matapang din ako. Ayoko ng, 'Ay, ayokong isulat 'yan.' I am what I am. Ako 'yon, kaya siguro ang [mensahe] ko rin sa ibang writers, hinay-hinay rin.
"Kasi marami akong tinarayan in the past sa TV, radio at sa pag-uulat, na I think hindi dapat kasi tao 'yan. Walang karapatan na kahit sino... dapat parehas tayo bilang tao," Alcid said.
Among the personalities he wishes to reconcile with, Alcid said, are talent manager Alfie Lorenzo, and actresses Judy Ann Santos, Jennylyn Mercado and Katrina Halili.
The showbiz reporter took his first step by apologizing to talent manager Annabelle Rama, whom he had a controversial altercation with last year during the wake of the late film icon Dolphy.
The scuffle stemmed from articles written by Alcid, which, by his admission, contained personal attacks against Rama's daughter, actress-host Ruffa Gutierrez.
"Ako ay humihingi ng tawad kay Annabelle, kay Ruffa, kay Eddie (Gutierrez, Rama's husband), sa buong Gutierrez family, dahil nagkamali rin ako," Alcid said.
"Sa pagkakaroon ko ng colon cancer, nakahiga ako, iniisip ko lahat talaga. Marami akong pagkakamali. I shouldn't have said those words," he added.
On Thursday, Alcid and Rama met at the Hall of Justice in Taguig City, where the showbiz columnist formally dropped legal charges he had filed against the talent manager following their altercation.
Addressing Alcid, Rama said, "Mabuti natauhan ka, dong. Wala akong kasalanan dito, dinemanda niya ako dahil kumampi siya kay Amalia (Fuentes, veteran actress). Dapat next time, Chito, advice ko sa'yo, kung sino ang nagmamahal sa iyo nang tunay, 'yung ang kakampihan mo. Ako 'yun. Dahil ako ang nakatulong sa'yo.
Rama added: "Si Amalia ba natulungan ka sa kaso mo? Hindi. Natulungan ka ba ni Amalia ni piso? Hindi. Ako nakakatulong sa'yo, dapat mamahalin mo 'ko, okay?"
Fuentes, who was in the same group as Alcid during the wake in July, is known to have an unresolved feud with Rama.
Responding to Rama, the entertainment columnist expressed relief over their reconciliation.
"Ako, oo, kasi talagang mali, talagang may malaki akong pagkukulang. Atsaka luluwag ang aking spiritual na damdamin, ang aking kalooban dahil anghirap talaga ng mayroon kang mali.
"Na-realize ko nga, ako'y tao lang na dinemonyo rin sa mga bagay-bagay. Nagtapang-tapangan at kinailangan pang magkaroon ng ganitong karamdaman para ma-realize ko ang mistakes ko," he said. -- with a report from Ginger Conejero, ABS-CBN News