Kakai Bautista's camp has officially issued a statement following the cease and desist letter sent by Mario Maurer's camp to the comedienne.
In a statement furnished to ABS-CBN News by Freddie Bautista, the manager of Kakai, the comedienne's legal counsel Jude Marfil pointed out some things about the letter sent by Mario's camp.
According to Jude, the letter sent to Kakai “does not show any proof that the letter was authorized and consented to be sent by Mr. Maurer himself and/or any official of Kwaonhar Nine Nine Co., Ltd.”
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In response to the letter, Jude then said that they have sent a nine-page reply under Koraphot Jirachocksubsin's name, the legal attorney of Mario's management.
Parts of the letter read, "We firmly and vehemently repudiate and detest in the strongest possible terms the claims of the ‘Authorized Attorney’ of Mr. Maurer’s agency against our Client. They are palpably without any factual and legal bases. Further, his claim that our Client ‘improperly exploited’ and made ‘false statements’ about Mr. Mario Maurer and his team already reek of libel, a crime punishable under Art. 353 of the Revised Penal Code of the Philippines.”
Jude also emphasized that "any and all factual allegations of our Client as to her experience, connection, and communication with Mr. Maurer and the latter’s team are only based on truthful occurrences.”
"That is, a simple and truthful recollection of her personal experience in working with an international public figure such as Mr. Mario Maurer, whom she has so cherished and has held with high regard and respect."
Jude also pointed out that Kakai has the freedom to talk about her past interactions with an international public figure like Mario, especially with the absence of a non-disclosure agreement.
“Accordingly, for as long as the statements of our Client are based on truth and that she has not signed any non-disclosure agreement with Mr. Maurer and/or his agency, Ms. Bautista is very much free under our legal system to publicly talk about her experiences with Mr. Maurer, who is an international public figure."
“Nonetheless, our Client has decided to totally dissociate herself from Mr. Maurer through all means and channels possible. In this regard, we have demanded from the alleged Attorney of Mr. Maurer’s agency to prove his identity and authority to send the Cease and Demand Letter on behalf of Mr. Maurer and the latter’s agency,” Jude said.
Kakai's camp then ended their letter by demanding “to cease and desist in making any and all unfounded and malicious claims against our Client before any media or communication channel.”
They will otherwise also take legal actions if Mario's camp fails to do so.
Kakai and Mario worked together in the 2012 romance movie "Suddenly It's Magic." The comedienne has since then been very open about the friendship she has built with the Thai actor. She even had the chance to meet Mario's family and friends when she flew to Thailand in 2013.
That was also the last time she and Mario spoke, according to her.
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