'Piolo and Sam' together makes important move

PEP has just reported that Piolo Pascual and Sam Milby have filed this morning, November 16, a libel case against Pilipino Star Ngayon columnist and Startalk TV host Lolit Solis in relation to the latter's malicious article about the two last October 15.

The joint affidavit/complaint filed by Piolo and Sam goes this way:

"Up to this date, Ms. Solis has not made any public retraction of her article and even despicably insisted as to the veracity of her statements in subsequent publications and in her talkshow, StarTalk, aired over GMA-7. A purported apology was made by Ms. Solis during her talkshow. However, a viewing of the same would show that it was nothing but a travesty, which vilifies us further.

In our absolute desire to clear our names, we again consulted our lawyers, this time with the view of filing a libel case against Ms. Solis and the editor of the publication."

Piolo and Same also gave separate statements about this significant move they have just made.


"After consulting with my family, my friends and legal counsel and after much thought and prayer, I have decided to file a lawsuit for libel against Ms. Lolit Solis.

"It was not an easy decision for me to make. As an actor, I know nothing of lawsuits and the time consuming legal process involved.

"Furthermore, I do not relish the idea of filing suit against a colleague in the industry. Especially someone who is my senior and who was once worthy of my respect.

"Respect is what this is all about. When Ms. Solis wrote her article published on Oct. 15, Ms. Solis disrespected and insulted me. What she wrote was baseless and a complete fabrication of events.

"Not only were we not at Sofitel, either singly or together on that date, but also we would never have behaved in the manner that she so graphically and maliciously recounted.

"We are suing because our dignity and integrity have been assailed and put to question. We are aggrieved by her article and her subsequent efforts to explain herself at our expense.

"She has disrespected us as colleagues and as human beings and the only way left to restore this respect is through the courts of law.

"We do not know why she concocted such a blatant lie. Nonetheless, we have given her every opportunity to retract her story and set things right. But our offer of a simple retraction and apology has been met not with contrition and truth but with ridicule and contempt.

"And so, with humility in our hearts and faith in God's divine justice, we now leave it for the courts to decide."

"We were not in Sofitel last October 12 so the entire article is a fabrication/concocted story. Worst, she didn't simply say we were nagbubulungan. The article, read in its entirety, shows that she herself was scandalized with what she saw. She pictures us in a romantic interlude awaiting the sunset, scampering like scared rabbits upon learning of her presence. Her article has damaged us and put us in public ridicule."

Ogie Diaz of Wow, Ang Showbiz! on DZXL had an immediate follow-up regarding the case filed against Lolit Solis by interviewing her and here's what Lolit said:

"Parang nagbulungan lang ang sinabi ko, nag-react na sila talaga, parang galit na galit na sila. Kaya parang nalungkot ako dahil bakit ako lang ang pinatulan nila,"

"Kaya nagtataka ako kung bakit ganito ang naging reaction nila...Gusto kong sabihing nalulungkot ako kasi parang ako lang ang nagsabi ng ganung bagay. Parang ang gusto kong sabihin ay napakaimportante ko palang tao dahil nang magsabi ako kung ano ang nakita ko ay bigla na lang ganun ang reaksiyon nila, di ba?"

"Kung para sa kanila, hindi public apology 'yon, hindi na ako naniniwala na iuurong nila ang kaso kahit mag-public apology ako o mag-retract ako. Kasi alam ko kahit anong gawin ko, itutuloy nila 'yan."

"Nagtataka ako kung bakit ganun lang ang naging reaksiyon?...At saka kanina sa pagsagot ni Piolo, parang sinabi niya na network war ang nangyayari dahil taga-kabilang channel siya kaya siguro ginawa ko 'yong parang naglubid-lubid ako ng salita. Dyusko, umabot na sa ganun, network war na! Magpasalamat nga sila dahil nakita kung nagbubulungan lang sila. Ano kaya ang susunod doon?"

"Ang gusto kong sabihin, gusto ko rin ipaalam sa kanila na kung nasaktan sila ay ganun din ang naging reaksiyon ko sa kanila. Imadyinin mo, ang dami-daming nagsusulat tungkol sa kanila, kung anu-anong nababasa ko tungkol sa kanila, wala silang reaction. Pero pagdating sa akin, may reaction sila.

"Para bang napakamaldita kong tao...malisyoso ko na nakakita ako ng nagbubulungan ay 'yon ang magiging dahilan para mademanda ako Naku, dapat nakita ko sila sa ibang posisyon para maibalita ko rin!"

"Aba, bakit sila mapa-praning?...Bakit, mayroon bang dapat pagtakpan para ka ma-praning? Kung mayroon man silang regular na ginagawa, bakit di nila gawin? Kung gusto man nilang tingnan ang sunset, bakit di nila gawin kung dati nilang ginagawa 'yon, di ba?

"Bakit dapat mong pigilan ang sarili mo sa dati mong ginagawa? Dahil lang sa baka matsismis ka? E, di magkakaroon ka tuloy ng question mark, baka may katotohanan 'yong mga tsismis, di ba?

"Kung anuman, hindi porke sikat na artista ng isang malaking network ay dapat katakutan kung ano ang mood nila. Nakaka-afford sila ng lawyer, nakaka-afford siguro naman ako ng lawyer. ‘Tsaka huwag nilang ilagay sa utak nila na ginagawa ko ito dahil taga-Channel 7 ako at saka taga-Channel 2 sila. Ano bang pakialam ko kung saang channel sila, di ba?"

"Naku, huwag kayong mapraning kahit anong kuwento sa paligid, kahit ano'ng iniisip ng mga tao tungkol sa inyo. Kung ano'ng gusto ninyong gawin, kung ano'ng nararapat ninyong gawin, gawin n'yo. Huwag kayong ano...ipaano ninyo sa tao na talagang lalaki kayo na wala kayong kinatatakutan, di ba? Huwag na kayong magbulungan, maghalikan na lang kayo! Babu!"

About M.I.

Mykiru is an entertainment blogger, having been named as one of the Top 10 Pinoy Showbiz Resources in the Philippines. For a decade now, Mykiru.ph has been delivering the latest, the hottest and most trending issues in the country.

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