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MANILA, Philippines — Julia Barretto has had enough of “fake news.” So for once, she decided to do something about it.
“Totoo naman na marami na rin akong mga pinalagpas na mga false information about me na usually dine-dedma ko lang (It’s true that I ignored a lot of false information about me before, usually I just dismiss it),” confessed the young actress during a press conference Wednesday, officially announcing she is now a talent of the Viva Artists Agency.
However, when former broadcaster and administration supporter Jay Sonza claimed that she was pregnant with Gerald Anderson’s child, she thought that it’s time to take action.
First, she proved Sonza’s claims as “fake news” by showing off her toned abdomen in a photo-post on Instagram. Then, she took legal action against Sonza at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI). She accused Sonza of cyber libel and violating the Safe Spaces Act.
“I felt it was about time to make an action to try to stop it,” she said.
Barretto said she keeps up with current events, and has started to worry about the prevalence of false information on social media.
“Parang everything that we want to read, gusto natin, as much as possible, ‘yung totoo,” she said.
(It’s as if everything that we want to read, as much as possible, is true.)
“If you were to confirm something like that, it’s not supposed to come from you, it’s always supposed to come from the people who are involved, somebody close to me, from a family member, from a friend,” she said of what Sonza should have done instead to find out the truth about the pregnancy rumor.
“Eh ‘yung gumawa ng article, wala rin naman pong effort ng time na ‘yun to get in contact with me, and for the
MANILA, Philippines — John Riel Casimero made a good account of himself after a spectacular performance in his first title defense on Sunday (Manila time) in the US.
His three-round demolition of Ghana’s Duke Micah left him with plenty of options for his next bout whether it be to wait for Naoya Inoue again after their unification clash got postponed or move up to 122 pounds and challenge WBC champion Luis Nery.
But whoever he fights next, Casimero is not settling for loose change.
“Ayoko na lumaban ng maliit na kita. Kung maliit lang na kita, hindi na ako maglalaro,” said Casimero during Tuesday’s PSA Forum webcast.
(I don’t want to fight for just a small amount of money. If I’m going to be paid little, I’m not going to fight.)
The 30-year-old Casimero has proven his worth not only when he toyed with Micah but as a three-division champion in the sport.
Last year, Casimero stunned South African champion Zolani Tete in Birmingham, England, needing only three rounds to capture the WBO bantamweight belt.
“To me right now, Casimero is the most exciting, fun bantamweight out there. It’s no longer difficult. Showtime and PBC are so excited they want to know when they can get Casimero back on,” said MP Promotions president Sean Gibbons.
Gibbons added that Casimero’s stock rose dramatically after his masterclass against Micah.
There is a possibility that Casimero could be included in the undercard of Manny Pacquiao’s ring return.
But if Casimero would have his way, he would rather headline his own.
“Mas maganda kung tayo ang main event,” he said.
(It would be better if I’m in the main event.)