Briones: Pride and prejudice

On The Go

MEDELINA Yamazaki, the Negros Occidental native who publicly berated and assaulted a promodiser in one of the malls in Cebu City last Dec. 7, 2019, was released on bail after spending six days in detention at the Mabolo Police Station.

I know, do I need to mention where she originally comes from? The answer is yes. I don’t want people to think she’s Cebuana—God forbid—or a foreign national, which, admittedly many thought she was because she admonished Jennifer Fabillar in English.

Anyway, whether she’s suffering from postpartum depression or was maltreated when she was young is a poor excuse for her actions, which, by the way, she refuses to apologize for. Until now.

I mean, it has been a week and Yamazaki still shows no sign of remorse.

I don’t know about her family; maybe they’ve reached out to Fabillar. Maybe they already said sorry on Yamazaki’s behalf. Maybe they just didn’t want the press and the public to know about it because they’re too embarrassed about the whole thing. Maybe.

But you know what? I really believe there’s nothing wrong with Yamazaki. She probably just doesn’t like the poor. And that would explain why she blew her top. Imagine, a promodiser telling her to be careful not to spill the water in the air humidifier.

She, who lives in a condo near the mall. She, who is married to a Japanese national. And if you’ve seen the video, she, who can afford to buy Fabillar.

Que barbaridad!

Sorry, folks. I don’t buy the findings of Yamazaki’s psychiatric evaluation at the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center. That is, unless you consider arrogance a mental condition.

You see, Yamazaki had the chance to save face. All she had to do was publicly apologize, which was the advice of a police official. Then maybe some people would have felt sorry for her and understood why she did what she did. But no. She’d rather be called mentally ill.

By the way, I’d like to commend Mia Maison Home Fragrance for having Fabillar’s back.

A representative from the company accompanied the promodiser when she filed the physical injuries, grave threats and malicious mischief cases against Yamazaki before the Cebu City Prosecutor’s Office last Monday, Dec. 9.

Of course, if the incident hadn’t been caught on video that went viral on Facebook, many people wouldn’t have heard of Mia Maison, which, by the way, is “my” in Italian or “mine” in Spanish and “house” in French.


And let’s face it, it is in Mia Maison’s best interest to help an employee, especially one who is involved in a public scandal that has gotten everybody’s attention. Well, almost everybody. I mean, it’d be stupid not to take advantage of the free publicity.

With that said, the company has so much to be grateful to Fabillar for that it should give her a fat Christmas bonus. I’m just saying. Maybe it already has. Fabillar more than deserves it. After all, it was her face that got bruised after Yamazaki threw an air humidifier at her.


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