Anabelle Rama Gets Feisty On Twitter As She Faces Estafa Case Filed By CousinAnabelle Rama returns with a bang! It seems that her election woes are not yet over. She is set to fight another noisy battle after returning from a vacation in the US. In the middle of this week, the feisty celebrity talent manager was charged with estafa by her own first cousin, who claims that she issued him a P1.5 million check that eventually bounced.
Cebu-based businessman Jose Vicente Rama del Prada Jr filed a legal complaint for estafa and violation of Anti-Bouncing Check Law against Anabelle. The case was filed before the Cebu Prosecutor’s Office last August 8.
In his sworn statement, del Prado said Anabelle approached him last November to rediscount some of her checks in exchange for cash. That time, he recalled, Annabelle was in tight need for money to fund her congressional bid last May elections. She lost in that race.
Del Prado’s mother and Annabelle’s father are siblings. The two are also close friends, having grown literally together in Cebu. Their close family affinity was strained when Anabelle accused her cousin of betraying her by taking the side of her political opponent, Raul del Mar.
Annabelle also accused another cousin, Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama of betraying her. That is another story. Meanwhile, del Prado said he informed Annabelle that the check she issued him months ago bounced because the bank account in Banco de Oro was already closed. The check amounted to P1.5 million dated January 27, 2013. Apparently, Annabelle intentionally refused to answer all his calls and efforts for communication.
In the complaint, del Prado seeks P500,000 in damages. It also comes with a 12% annual interest until the amount is fully settled. Del Prado went out to the media for an interview. According to him, Annabelle was in financial trouble because some people who committed to donate to her election funds failed to honor their words.
Annabelle on Twitter
Because she just came back from the US and she still has not received the copy of the complaint, Annabelle again used her popular Twitter account to immediately respond to del Prado’s accusations. In a series of Twitter posts on the same day the case was filed, she questioned del Prado’s intention for suing her.
For several times, she reiterated that her cousin has no capacity and resources to lend money to her. In fact, she stated, it is always her who is giving cash gifts and favors to del Prado. She questioned how her cousin could possibly lend her money when he does not have a steady source of income.
She accused del Prado of being a showoff. She revealed that del Prado stays in Annabelle’s family’s Beverly Hills condo in California whenever he goes to the US. He does not pay for anything in the house, even for gasoline for the car. Annabelle of course let out many other personal tirades. Her controversial posts are still up in her Twitter account, ‘annabellerama2.’