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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 24, 2013

Mother Lily & Marian Rivera Tiff Not Over With Mother Lily Saying Marian Is A Liar

WE ALL thought that Marian Rivera and Mother Lily have patched things up at the presscon of “My Lady Boss”. There were even fotos of them hugging and kissing. But it looks like Mother Lily has not really been appeased and she sends a letter that continues to denounce Marian. Here it is:

“This is my message to my beloved entertainment writers who have supported Regal for so long. Marian Rivera is my contract star. I treat her like my own daughter. What she wants, she gets. In fact, I always give way everytime. I always ask GMA 7 to co-produce with us just to show my support for her. As an independent producer, even when I want to produce a movie myself, I go for a joint venture with GMA because Marian is a GMA star. I want her to have good box-office receipts. And we can only achieve that with the network’s push. Marian has three film projects left with her Regal contract. Hindi matapus-tapos because she is busy with her TV shows."

"To tell you honestly, masyado akong nasaktan sa nangyaring ito sa Metro Manila Film Fest. This is the first time in years na walang solo entry ang Regal sa MMFF. Kahit ang entertainment press, they have been calling and asking me: Why? So, I thought, must I tell a lie… again? I don’t want to pretend anymore. Should I keep protecting my stars? Ano ba ang magiging kalagayan namin, ng Regal, kung ganun? I am a cancer patient, so, I want to have peace of mind. I want to justify my conscience, what have I done wrong? I don’t know, but God may call me anytime, so, I want to go in peace naman. And so, I might as well reveal the things that happened between me and Marian Rivera."

"For the record, I have nothing against her management team, Triple A, or its head, my longtime best friend Tony Tuviera. I have so much love and respect for Tony. But this is what really happened. Three weeks ago, I called Triple A’s Rams Da­vid and told him we have an offer for Marian to do a MMFF entry with Judy Ann Santos. Matagal bago kami nakakuha ng appointment kay Rams. Rams, my daughter Roselle, and I had a meeting, 9 a.m., at Starbucks in Greenhills two weeks after my first call. We talked and laid out Regal’s plans. That time, Marian was in the U.S. Rams told me he will get back to me. He never did. So, I called him a week after and asked what our status was."

"According to Rams and I quote: ‘Gusto ni Marian ng solo movie.’ In fairness to Juday and Tito Alfie Lorenzo, they never turned me down. Juday said she wants to read the script first. Na tama lang naman. Ready naman ang script namin. But Marian didn’t want to do it. Why? Because she wants a solo movie. Marian breached her Regal contract twice. First, when she shot for this movie, My Lady Boss, without Regal’s knowledge. Nakapag-first shooting day na sila nung malaman namin. So, out of pakikisama, Regal decided to just co-produce this movie with GMA Films."

"Sinasabi ni Marian na pinagbigyan pa nila ako because I requested that they don’t field Kung Fu Divas in the MMFF? Hindi ako nag-request. Ipinatigil ko because she did that movie with AiAi delas Alas without Regal’s consent. Maging totoo lang sana tayo. Marian, you should tell the truth. You breached your contract with Regal two times. I really feel sad. Hindi ako galit. Ayaw ko lang na ako pa ang lumalabas na sinungaling. I just don’t want to lie and keep my star’s image clean… at Regal’s expense. We must be true to ourselves and talk about truth here. ’Yun lang po. Salamat po!”