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Piolo, Sam drop case vs Lolit

By Allison Lopez
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 02:51:00 05/15/2008

Filed Under: Local authorities, Entertainment (general)

MANILA, Philippines ? ?There is no factual basis for my article, which came out on Oct. 15, 2007. I am extremely sorry for dragging the names of Sam and Piolo. Sam, Piolo, I am sorry for the hurt and embarrassment I caused.?

In three ?non-negotiable? sentences, talent manager and entertainment columnist Lolit Solis retracted her story that appeared in a tabloid allegedly depicting actors Piolo Pascual and Sam Milby as ?gay men.?

The retraction, which Solis signed at around 7 p.m. Wednesday in the sala of Judge Jose Mendoza of the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 55, signaled the end of the P12 million libel suit filed by the two actors against Solis and Pilipino Star Ngayon editor Veronica Samio.

Affidavit

At the same time, Pascual and Milby executed an affidavit of desistance to officially withdraw the case that stemmed from an item in Solis? ?Take It, Take It? column in the tabloid, in which she said she saw the two actors ?sweet? to each other at the Sofitel Hotel at around 4 p.m. on Oct. 12.

?We have both decided not to proceed with the prosecution of the criminal case for libel against Lolit Solis and Veronica Samio regardless of the merits of the said case,? the actors said in their affidavit.

Efforts

Joji Alonso, Pascual and Milby?s lawyer, told the Inquirer that the retraction was the result of producer Robbie Tan?s efforts.
Last May 9, Alonso said she met with Solis, Samio and their lawyers in a restaurant where they talked for about two hours about the case.
?I?m very thankful that they agreed to drop the case. I?m grateful to them, especially to their manager Johnny Manahan. I admit that I am not completely sure that it was Sam and Piolo that I saw. I?m 61 years old. I might have been mistaken,? Solis told reporters.

?From the very beginning, the only thing that my clients wanted was for the truth to come out and that such an incident never took place. That?s why we sent a demand letter in the first place,? Alonso said, stressing that the actors did not want to put Solis behind bars.

The actors shook hands afterward with Solis who also signed an affidavit of undertaking, which ordered her ?to refrain and desist from discussing the matters involved in the case both in print and on television from here on.?



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