Last November 9, Becky Aguila, the manager of Jennylyn Mercado, said: “This will be the first and last time that I will be answering this PEP interview. Just like what I said in all my interviews, this issue is not for public consumption! A lot of hurting words, fabricated lies,and malicious text messages have been spread out to destroy my reputation and credibility as a manager and as a human being.”
The dispute between Becky Aguila and Mel Pulmano over the “forged checks and missing money” of Jennylyn Mercado is getting more and more intense. Each one has issued her version of story and her own set of accusations.
And caught in the middle of it all is Tita C, the lady who rediscounted the check, which amounted to approximately 400,000 pesos.
The day she learned that she was holding a “bounced” check, Tita C panicked.
In a phone conversation held this afternoon, she narrated to PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) how rattled she was last October 9:
“Una ko munang pinuntahan si Mel sa bahay niya, kaya lang, yun nga yung natutulog siya at ang sinasabi lang niya, ‘Becky, Becky…’
“Sumunod kong pinuntahan si Becky. Sabi niya, ‘Anong problema?’ Maraming tao sa dining room na iyon, kaya hiniling ko muna kay Becky kung puwedeng lumayo muna iyong ibang tao at kami munang dalawa ang mag-usap. Habang papalabas ang mga tao, tinanong ko iyong sa pagka-casino niya. Parang nag-hysteria ito at bago pa man tuluyang nakaalis ang mga tao, isa-isa silang tinanong ng, ‘Nagka-casino daw ako?’”
Anxiety and confusion made Tita C’s blood pressure shoot up. “Nung gabing iyon. Tumaas ang BP ko at itinakbo ako sa St. Luke’s [Hospital].”
WHO IS TITA C? Tita C is a 58 year-old businesswoman, who was described by tabloid columnist Nene Riego as, “Kilala at respetado ng mga taga-showbiz na nagpapalit ng tseke sa mababang porsiyento.”
The lady has been a “rediscounter” for 31 years now, but she made it clear: “Hindi ko pera. May financier lang ako.”
Prior to that, she used to be a secretary in Magnatech, a film laboratory.
Tita C deals with a lot of clients in showbiz, but she states that she is not a “showbiz” person.
The first time PEP attempted to get her side of the story was last November 4. Her reply to our message was: “Kausapin ko muna lawyer ko bago ko sagutin lahat ng tanong ninyo….”
The next day, she picked up our call but expressed hesitation in answering our queries. She didn’t want to be dragged into the limelight by the issue.
But two things made her change her mind. “May kaklaruhin lang ako sa mga kuwentong lumabas,” Tita C said.
TWO DETAILS. The first point is about her supposed meeting with Jen last October 9.
In an article posted by Roldan Castro, a PEP contributor, last November 4, Becky’s camp said: “Nagharap na rin daw sina Jen at Tita C. Harapan daw sinabi ni Jennylyn kay Tita C na, ‘Hindi ko po text ‘yan at hindi ko po kayo kilala. Pasensiya na po.’”
In Tita C’s text message to PEP, she stressed: “Walang ganoon.”
Tita C added: “Nakita ko [si] Jen noong nagpunta ako sa house ni Becky, [pero] di ko siya nakausap. Kahit si Jen mismo tanungin nila, nawala nga siya bigla.”
The second detail was about the transactions done via text. The messages reportedly came from “Jennylyn.”
Last November 9, in the “first and last” interview of Becky regarding the issue, the talent manager said: “Sina Bianca [Aguila, daughter of Becky], Bing [Casar] at Dyan [Yongco] ang nakasaksi sa naging usapan. Dun nga namin na-discover kay Ms. C ang mga text messages raw na galing kay Jen na galing sa Smart line na 09209705025. Pinabasa ni Ms. C ang mga ‘text messages daw’ kay Jen at pati sa akin…”
Tita C sent a text message to PEP that same day: “Nabasa ko ang pahayag ni Becky, i-correct ko lang na hindi ko pinabasa sa kanya at kay Jen ang mga text [messages]. Kahit kay Tita Nene, forward ko lang sa kanya mga text [messages] kasi baka ma-erase nila. Dahil ito lang ang evidence ko na nakatanggap ako ng mga text.”
Becky’s response on the first detail was sent to Roldan yesterday (November 10) afternoon: “Witness na nagkita sila Jen and Ms. C are Ms. C’s husband, Cathy and Leon Tan, Bing, Lheng [Lindo], Bianca [Aguila], Babeth, and Dyan.”
Regarding the second detail, Becky had already stated the names of her witnesses—her daughter “Bianca, Bing, and Dyan”—in the article dated November 9.
WHERE IS THE MONEY? This is the biggest question of the lady who issued the big amount to Mel, who was “fetched” by Becky that fateful day.
In all our phone conversations, Tita C clearly did not want to be part of the entire hubbub. Initially, she just wanted to ask payment for the “bounced” check, but now, she wants to know the real perpetrator.
And to the two ladies who got her entangled into the mess, she has a message.
To Becky: “Ayokong lumaki ang gulong ito kaya gusto ko lang itama ang mga bagay-bagay. Dapat lahat naka-akma, naka-sync, at consistent.”
To Mel: “Magsabi ka ng totoo. Malalaman din kung sino ang may kasalanan.”
She ended, “Sana mag-usap sina Mel at Becky.”
KAREN A. PAGSOLINGAN
Philippine Entertainment Portal