ACCIDENTALLY AY na-meet namin in person ang dating sexy star na si Guada Guarin. Siya y’ong dating artista na nakasama noon ng kontrobersiyal na si Pepsi Paloma na nagreklamo ng “gang rape” sa mga Eat Bulaga hosts na sina Joey de Leon, Vic Sotto, and Richie D’ Horsie. 14 years old lang daw si Guada nu’n. Maging si Pepsi halos kasing edad lang niya.
Masama Ang loob ni Guada sa ilang mga taga-media na inungkat pa ang na isinampa nila na kaso noon ni Pepsi almost 35 years ago. “Tapos na yun, nag-public apology na sila sa amin,” kuwento ni Guada na ngayon ay isang spa manager.
May mga anak na siya at malalaki na. “May dalaga ako na kumukuha ng kursong pagka-titser. Ayaw ko na sanang maungkat ‘yun. Naaawa ako sa anak ko. Alam mo namang hindi lahat ng mga tao makakaintindi sa naging karanasan ko,” kuwento ni Guada sa amin ni former PMPC Prexy Fernan de Guzman aka Ms. F last Monday evening sa isang donut house na tambayan namin.
Sa mga hindi nakakaalam sa kuwentong “rape” kay Pepsi Paloma, narito ang isang artikulo na lumabas sa globalnation.Inquirer.net na sinulat at sa pananaliksik ni Rodel Rodis:
“Pepsi Paloma was only 14 years old when she and another actress named Guada Guarin reported that they were drugged in a bar and brought to a room at the Sulo Hotel in Quezon City where they were “gang raped” by Joey De Leon, Vic Sotto and Richie D’Horsie, the comedian hosts of the popular TV show “Eat Bulaga!”
“Pepsi Paloma reported her gang rape to her mother who contacted the police authorities where it made the headlines of the dailies. But the police would not file criminal charges against the rapists unless and until Pepsi Paloma hired a private prosecutor to pursue the criminal case. Pepsi sought the help of then Defense Secretary Juan Ponce Enrile who referred her to Rene Cayetano, the lead attorney of the ACCRA law offices, who agreed to represent Paloma for free.
“But while Cayetano was preparing to file the formal complaint with the police authorities, Pepsi Paloma was suddenly reported missing. In 1982 martial law Philippines, no one got abducted or “salvaged” unless it was done by the Metrocom Intelligence Security Group (MISG) led by notorious human rights violators Col. Rolando Abadilla and Capt. Panfilo Lacson and they did not abduct Pepsi Paloma. Assigned the task of finding Pepsi Paloma, Abadilla and Lacson knew exactly where to find Pepsi Paloma.
“They tracked down Bienvenido Mendoza known infamously as “Ben Ulo”and their suspicion proved accurate when they found Pepsi Paloma held captive by Ben Ulo. They knew he was the likely suspect because he was known as the main enforcer of the Castelo clan which is on the maternal side of the Sotto family.
“Ben Ulo had been sentenced to life imprisonment for the June 15, 1953 murder of Manuel P. Monroy who was a prosecution witness against then Secretary of National Defense Oscar Castelo (the uncle of Vic and Tito Sotto). The Philippine Supreme Court affirmed his murder conviction on May 30, 1964 (G.R. No. L-10774) but it is not certain how much time he actually spent in prison.
“Ben Ulo readily confessed to Col. Abadilla that he was an “accomplice of the Castelos”. Despite his arrest and confession, however, there is no record that Ben Ulo was ever charged with any crime connected with the abduction of Pepsi Paloma.
“After her rescue, Pepsi reported that Tito Sotto visited her and “coerced” her (by reportedly placing a pistol on the table in front of her) into signing an “affidavit of desistance” for her not to press rape charges against Sotto’s brother and his cohorts.
“In exchange for the dismissal of the rape charges, Joey De Leon, Vic Sotto and Richie D’Horsie issued a public apology to Pepsi Paloma which was published in the People’s Journal on October13. 1982:
“We hope that you will not allow the error we have committed against you to stand as a stumbling block to that future which we all look forward to. We therefore ask you to find it in your heart to pardon us for the wrong which we have done against you.”
Sa kasalukuyang estado ni Guada, gusto na niyang kalimutan yong nangyari. Kung ano man ang pagkakamali na ginawa sa kanya ng isa sa mga host ng EB, kung saan sa isang taping diumano niya sa Broadcast City ay hinablot ang suot niyang blouse at nang lumitaw ang kanyang suso ay kinunan nito ng poloroid picture at ipinakita sa mga kasamahang mga lalaki ay napatawad niya.
Sa mga kuwento at pangyayari na tulad nito, sana natuto na tayo. Sana hindi na ito mauulit sa sa ibang mga babae.
By RK VillaCorta