Annabelle has 10 days to answer estafa plaint-A A +A
Sunday, August 25, 2013
A GOVERNMENT prosecutor has directed talent manager Annabelle Rama to answer the criminal complaint filed by her first cousin for the P1.5-million in checks that a bank allegedly declined.
Assistant Cebu City Prosecutor Alex Gabud confirmed he gave Rama 10 days to submit her counter-affidavit and other supporting documents to answer the estafa charge filed by her cousin, businessman Jose Vicente Rama del Prado Jr.
Under the Revised Rules of Criminal Procedure, the respondent has 10 days to submit a counter-affidavit and those of witnesses and other supporting documents.
The respondent is prohibited from filing a motion to dismiss, in lieu of a counter-affidavit.
If the respondent fails to submit a counter-affidavit after receiving a subpoena, the investigating officer shall resolve the complaint based on the evidence presented by the complainant.
After the complaint was filed three weeks ago, Rama has lashed out against del Prado on her Twitter account.
“Proud na proud siya sa headline ‘Annabelle Rama sued for bouncing checks’? Patunayan mo dong (He’s so proud of that headline? He should prove it),” she tweeted on Aug. 9.
Rama’s father and del Prado’s mother are siblings.
She said on that social media account that she would answer del Prado’s case and refuse to let it stop her from pursuing her plans.
“Ayaw mo akong manalo. Ayaw mo akong tumakbo ulit? Walang isang Joel na pwedeng humarang sa mga gagawin ko at ano mang mga plano ko sa buhay (You don’t want me to win or run for office again? You cannot stop me from pursuing my plans),” Rama also tweeted on Aug. 9.
In the complaint filed with the prosecutor’s office last July 31, del Prado accused Rama of violating paragraph 2 (d) of Article 516 of the Revised Penal Code and Batas Pambansa 22, or the law against bouncing checks.
Del Prado said that Rama approached him last year to have her checks rediscounted.
“Every time she (Rama) issued these checks in the past, she always assured me that she had sufficient funds in the bank, or in her checking account,” del Prado said.
Rama, del Prado added, told him that she would replace the checks she issued with cash before their maturity dates.
Because of his previous transactions with Rama, del Prado said, she gained his confidence.
When Rama announced her bid to run for Congress last year, del Prado said, his cousin told him she was short of money to finance her campaign.
During their meetings, Del Prado said Rama told him that she wanted to borrow money from him. Rama assured him she would pay since she was managing “bankable” actors.
After discussing the matter with his family, del Prado said, he gave Rama P1.5 million cash in November 2012, in exchange for checks with the same total face value.
Del Prado said he gave the checks to his brother, Dr. Alfonso del Prado, who later informed him the checks were drawn from an account with insufficient funds.
Del Prado said his lawyer sent a notice with final demand to Rama, but she refused to return the money.
The complainant also said he later read in the local newspapers that Rama blamed him for her loss in the May 13 elections. Rama lost to Rep. Raul del Mar (Cebu City, north district).
Apart from demanding the return of P1.5 million, del Prado also sought from Rama P300,000 as moral damages and P200,000 as exemplary damages. (Sun.Star Cebu)
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 26, 2013.