MANILA — A crying Krista Miller faced the press on June 6, saying that her family was deeply hurt by the issues being thrown at her after she visited convicted drug lord Ricardo Camata at the Metropolitan Hospital on May 31, 2014.
“Lahat gagawin ko para malinis ko yung sarili ko, malinis lang yung pangalan ko. Kung meron mang ayaw kong masaktan, unang-una diyan ang pamilya ko. Kung masakit para sa akin ang pangyayari, mas masakit sa kanila,” Miller said in tears.
(I will do everything to clear my name. If there’s anybody I don’t want to get hurt, it’s my family. If the issue is painful for me, it’s even more so for them.)
A CCTV footage of the hallway outside Camata’s hospital room showed Miller’s visit. The footage was released by the Department of Justice (DOJ).
Since her involvement in the controversy, netizens definitely did not hold back — calling Miller s”escort girl” and “maduming babae” (filthy woman).
“Hindi ako masamang babae,” says Miller. (I am not a bad woman.)
According to Miller’s statement prior to the press con, her visit was “purely business” in nature. She’s a part-time real estate agent and said she was planning on selling a condominium unit to the drug lord.
“Kaya nga po ginagawa ko po lahat para malinis po sa harapan ng mga tao. Na bukod sa pag-aartista, nagtatrabaho ako. Nasa corporate ako, marangal na trabaho. Hindi naman po natin maiiwasan dahil nagkakaroon na ng first controversy, ‘di ba, so kumukunek po sila dun sa past. Pero ako po, ‘andito po ako para ayusin po lahat,” she explained.
(That’s why I’m doing these things to clear everything in public. Other than being an actress, I have another job. I’m in the corporate world, I have a decent job. We can’t avoid it [the issue] since there was already a first controversy, so people are still connecting it to the past. As for me, I’m here to fix everything.)
Miller was referring to her involvement with award-winning actor Cesar Montano, reportedly the third party that caused Montano’s fall out with wife Sunshine Cruz.
Miller said that she is willing to cooperate with the DOJ if needed, but as of posting, she hasn’t received an invitation from DOJ. As far as she is concerned, Miller believes that she did not break any law upon her visit.
“Naniniwala po ako na wala po akong nilabag na batas dito. Alam ko po na ang ginawa ko ay purely business lang, nag-ahente lang po ako,” Miller said.
How did Miller and Camata meet?
It all started when Miller was invited to be a Reyna Elena in a Santa Cruzan inside the National Bilibid Prison.
“Dun ko na rin po nakilala si Mr. Camata,” Miller said. “Sabi po sa akin na high profile po siya kaya pumasok po sa isip ko na bentahan siya ng condo, tinray kong alukin. Kaya, ayun po, interesado naman po siya. May 2 nangyari po yung sagala and then, the following day po, bumalik po uli ako dun dahil po nandun na po yung aalukin ko na po siya ng condo. So, after po nung sagala, mga twice po akong bumalik ng Bilibid. At yung pang-apat na po yun yung sa hospital.”
(That’s where I met Mr. Camata. They told me he was ‘high profile’ so I thought I’d try to sell him a condo, and he was interested. The procession happened on May 2, and then the following day, I went back to offer him a condominium. After the procession, I went back twice to Bilibid. The fourth time was at the hospital.)
Miller also said that in all her meetings with Camata, she was accompanied by a talent agent she calls “Kuya Jeff” who serves a mediator.
In the end, Miller believes that the truth will be revealed.
“Kung anuman po yung ibinabato sa akin ngayon, naniniwala po ako na lalabas din yung totoo. Hindi ko sinasabi na paniwalaan niyo ako, pero ‘andito po ako, nagsasalita sa harapan niyo at nagsasabi ng totoo. Nasa sa inyo na po yun kung paniwalaan niyo ako o hindi. Basta po ako, matino po akong babae, nagtatrabaho ako nang marangal. Ginagawa ko lahat para maka-survive, na nagtatrabaho ako nang maayos dahil ayoko pong bigyan ng kahihiyan ang pamilya ko.”
(Whatever they’re throwing at me now, I believe the truth will come out. I’m not telling you to believe me, but I’m here saying the truth. It’s up to you if you’ll believe me or not. I am a decent woman and I have a decent job. I do everything to survive, I am working well because I don’t want to bring shame to my family.)
With report from Arniel Serato, PEP.ph