Bulgar entertainment editor Janice Navida has responded to Catriona Gray, who is seeking a P10 million settlement and a public apology from the tabloid after they published fake topless photos of her.
In a statement released by the tabloid on their website yesterday, August 5, Janice said that she understood the former Miss Universe titleholder.
“I understand how you felt when this news came out. It’s a natural reaction of a person being destroyed helplessly, especially [if] you’re holding the most prestigious title,” she said in the letter.
“But please consider to understand that we are not here to be your enemy but to help you clear your name ‘coz we know the feeling that you are being talked about behind your back and you have no way to defend yourself,” she added.
Janice also said that it was not the tabloid's goal to "destroy" anyone.
"You can check that our newspaper is a non-biased media entity based on our record for 28 long years. And to destroy, demolish, or put down anyone is not our goal to earn a living," she pressed.
"We have gained our credibility for many years as the 'Boses ng Masa, Mata ng Bayan.' Our mission and vision is to educate, influence, and give entertainment to our readers in the most balanced way we can."
“That is why when we learned that this indecent topless photo that allegedly claims to be you, our intention is to inform the readers, not just you and your camp, that someone, or maybe a group of people, is doing this, spreading the obscene photo through online to destroy your name,” she continued.
It is also the entertainment editor's opinion that the article published last July 19 cast some doubt about the authenticity of the nude photo. She explained, "It’s clearly stated there that ‘Kung sakaling totoo ito at hindi edited lang, ‘di na namin papangalanan pero tiyak na may ideya na ang ibang tao kung sino ang maaaring nasa likod ng paglalabas nito.'"
Janice said that she hopes Catriona sees their true intentions and understands their side.
“I hope too that you may see our intention to help you in clearing your name to the whole universe that the nude photo circulating online is fake and edited only, that’s why when we learned about your clarification on the matter, we quickly posted your camp’s statement on our Facebook page and website to enlighten everybody about that controversial photo,” she said.
"I believe you are smart enough to see clearly the whole situation and you can understand our side as a media entity,” Janice added.
Read Bulgar's full statement here.
Catriona's legal team sent a demand letter to Bulgar last July 31, which said that the "malicious, defamatory, and libelous" photos published in their article have caused "immeasurable damage" to Catriona's reputation. They have also sought the help of the National Bureau of Investigation regarding the matter.
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