Carla had previously alerted her Twitter fans about the article saying, "Not a single word Mario Bautista (the writer) supposedly 'quoted' from me is true. Don't worry, I have called his attention and messaged him. Hopefully he corrects this mistake or at least acknowledge[sic] it. I just think this is unfair for me because I am the subject of his article, and unfair for all of you because you are all receiving the wrong news and information."
"For him to use such words as '... biggest challenge here for me is Lovi Poe...' and '... I feel obligated na pantayan yung ginagawa niya...' are words that never even crossed my mind, all the more come out of my mouth. Fourth, the supposed quotation in the last line of his first paragraph says, 'Ganu'n din si Jake Cuenca, mahusay in doing bed scenes.' How can I possibly say that when Jake and I haven't even done a love scene?"
At the press conference, Mario said Carla was ungrateful and criticized her for never saying thank you when he had previously written good things about her. "Ang ibig kong sabihin, pagka may mga naisusulat na magaganda sa iyo, wala kang reaksyon (What I'm saying is when people write good things about you, you don't react)," he is quoted as saying. "Meron lang akong naisulat na binase ko lang sa press release ng Regal, sinulatan mo agad ako. (I only wrote something based on a Regal press release, and you already sent me an e-mail.)"
Carla explained that she only reacted because he quoted her despite not having interviewed her. "I guess I will just finish this by apologizing kung kayo po ay na-offend," she said. "In a way, ako din po, I was just reacting because na-misquote po ako. So I hope you will understand me, coming from my end po kung bakit po ako nagre-react."
She added, "Sorry if you feel that I am not thankful. I am po. Very much thankful for all your support. All the good articles that you have written about me."
But in reply, Mario said that in her e-mail, Carla threatened him and demanded that he make an erratum and retraction of his column. When Carla denied this, he said, "Basahin mo nga yung e-mail mo! (Read your e-mail!)" Jun Nardo, Regal Films's publicist, also chimed in, "Nakita ko nga yung e-mail, may threat nga doon. (I saw the e-mail, and there were definitely threats in it.)"
Entertainment columnist Jojo Gabinete, the blogger for PEP.ph's "Cabinet Files," posted the contents of Carla's e-mail in an entry. After listing the erroneous points in Mario Bautista's article and asking him to double-check information in the future, Carla allegedly wrote, "Thank you very much and I can only hope that you publish an erratum article following this. If not, I can always clarify this to other press members during our succeeding press cons for My Neighbor’s Wife.”
Watch the confrontation in this video from PEP.ph:
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