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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Jun 15, 2013

Daiana Menezes' Friends Fear She's Following In The Footsteps Of Ai Ai De Las Alas

DAIANA MENEZES made some mysterious posts about domestic violence in her Twitter account that made people suspect she’s a battered wife or something as she even showed a photo of her arm on Instagram which is black and blue with bruises. She never mentioned the name of her boyfriend who she already introduced to the press, Cagayan de Oro Cong. Benjamin Benaldo.

But a few days later, Benaldo himself confessed on TV and in an open letter that he and Daiana indeed had a fight “because of love”. He quickly added they have already patched things up and she has forgiven him, adding that they have settled their differences. This is what he wrote in his message:

“I am responding to the issues that have recently come out, I am speaking with the consent of my partner. Today, Daiana and I have settled our differences. We are together out of love. We fought because of love. She has forgiven me because she truly loves me. I am truly blessed. Like other couples, Daiana and I encounter problems. We try to resolve them privately. I have apologized to her and she has accepted. On behalf of Daiana's actions on social media, we seek the understanding of everyone regarding her posts on her advocacies seeking help and support. “I believe that any woman, any foreigner (woman) who might be facing a situation worse than ours must find an avenue for the redress of her grievances in our country. We thank our friends and relatives for their patience and support. We thank everyone for res­pecting our privacy.”

Benaldo also revealed that he and Daiana are already husband and wife. “Daiana and I got married civilly in Las Vegas. Since then, we have been preparing for the big religious ceremony as we previously announced.”

Las Vegas? Domestic violence? Haven’t we just heard of this recently? Studies show that incidence of domestic violence is not an isolated case but most likely would be repeated. Maybe Daiana should talk to Ai Ai and ask for the comedienne’s advice on the matter. We’re sure we’ve not heard the end of this. Some quarters have tried to contact Daiana to hear about it directly from her but she begged off.