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YEARENDER: Stories about celebrities that didn't land in the entertainment page

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 25 2018 09:20 PM | Updated as of Dec 28 2018 11:50 AM

From swimming for hours to save a lover to allegations of wrongdoing, 2018 saw "hot" stories about celebrities (e.g. related to fire, crime, accidents) landing in the non-entertainment sections of news.abs-cbn.com. 

Here are the top 10 celebrity news in 2018 that didn't land in the entertainment and lifestyle sections of news.abs-cbn.com:

SWIMMING FOR HOURS IN THE NAME OF LOVE

Among the biggest celebrity-related incidents of the year was an accident at sea involving actress Bianca Manalo. In March of this year, Manalo and several others figured in a sea mishap.

The group was on their way to an island in Culasi town in Antique when their speedboat capsized.

What caught the public's eye was Manalo's boyfriend, Pandan, Antique Mayor Jonathan Tan, who swam for hours to look for help.

Tan's bodyguard and relative, Bennie Dable, died in the incident.

Aside from Tan and Manalo, actress Ehra Madrigal, her husband Tom Yeung, Majel Tresche, an unidentified female and 2 minors, survived the mishap.

 

A MOTHER'S TALE

In March this year, journalist Karen Davila took to social media to share her family's traumatic experience in Siargao Island.

Davila was with her husband and two sons. She booked surfing lessons for sons David and Lucas.

Everything seemed to be going well until her son, David, went back "bloodied, with his rash guard ripped apart" and telling her that he had "an accident."

Davila brought up the incident to the local government of General Luna, whose mayor reasoned they did not have enough funds for healthcare because the town is a fifth-class municipality.

 

VETERAN ACTOR FALLS IN DRUG BUST

Actor Julio Diaz, best known for his award-winning epic "Sakay," was arrested in a buy-bust operation in April.

Diaz, whose real name is Mariano de Leon, was arrested with his driver and 50 others in simultaneous raids in Bulacan.

Diaz admitted to using illegal drugs, adding he was just tempted to do so.

The actor had previously denied taking illegal drugs after his name was included in a barangay drug watch list.

 

ACTRESS FACES CYBERCRIME RAPS

Actress Ellen Adarna faced cybercrime raps after she accused clueless customers of taking fan snaps of her and boyfriend John Lloyd Cruz while dining in a restaurant.

The alleged "paparazzi" turned out to be a minor who was just having a meal at the restaurant.

The 17-year-old girl's mother, Myra Abo Santos, filed child abuse and cybercrime complaints against Adarna.

The girl insisted they did not notice Adarna and Cruz, and that she was just taking photos of their food.

Santos also demanded a public apology from Adarna, saying her daughter and their family were deeply hurt by the incident.

 

ABS-CBN ANCHOR SUES COLLEAGUES

It was in October when ABS-CBN anchor and reporter Gretchen Fullido filed criminal complaints against a former network producer and several colleagues, alleging sexual harassment, libel and victim-shaming.

Fullido filed a sexual harassment complaint against Cheryl Favila, a former TV Patrol supervising producer, and Maricar Asprec, a segment producer.

ABS-CBN, which has dismissed the administrative case on sexual harassment due to lack of merit, said it respects Fullido's right to bring her sexual harassment complaint to the courts.

The company added it takes sexual harassment allegations seriously and does not condone such acts in the workplace or by its employees.

 

KRIS AQUINO VERSUS MOCHA USON

Kris Aquino slammed former Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Margaux "Mocha" Uson after she dragged the Aquinos in the controversy involving President Rodrigo Duterte's "playful" kiss with a Filipina in South Korea.

In June, Uson posted a video in defense of Duterte who got flak for kissing a woman during a meeting with the Filipino community in South Korea.

The video showed the late Senator Benigno Aquino Jr. getting a kiss from two women before he was assassinated on August 21, 1983.

Kris did not let Uson's post go unnoticed and lashed out at how the latter disrespected her father's memory and the Aquino family. 

She also said she cried upon seeing the video, adding that she felt envious of the two women who got the chance to kiss her father before he was killed. 

Kris also warned Uson that she would not back down against the former sexy star.

 

BUSINESSMAN FOUND GUILTY OF KIDNAPPING DAUGHTER

In May, businessman Cedric Lee was found guilty of kidnapping his daughter with actress-singer Vina Morales.

A Mandaluyong City Regional Trial Court, which said Lee was "guilty beyond reasonable doubt," ordered him to pay a fine of P300 and moral and nominal damages amounting to P50,000.

Morales in 2016 lodged the case against her former boyfriend, whom she alleged violated a court ruling that allowed him visitation rights to their daughter, Ceana, every Saturday.

She said Lee detained Ceana from May 13 to 22 and that her daughter experienced "slight behavioral changes" after the incident.

Lee denied Morales's allegations, which he called "lies," and has since filed libel charges against Morales. He maintained that he did nothing wrong in keeping Ceana for 9 days, considering that Morales owed him 10 days with their daughter.

 

FIRE HITS SINGER'S HOUSE

OPM singer Coritha lost her house and other personal items in a fire in October.

Authorities said the fire started early in the morning of October 6.

According to the singer, she got a whiff of something burning. When she looked around, she discovered that her sibling's room was already on fire.

No one was reported injured in the incident. Coritha, however, lost her old recordings in the fire.

 

CEDRIC LEE, DENIECE CORNEJO FOUND GUILTY OF GRAVE COERCION

A Taguig court in July found Cedric Lee, Deniece Cornejo and Jed Fernandez guilty of grave coercion in connection with the charges filed by actor-host Vhong Navarro.

It was in 2014 when Navarro figured in a mauling incident after he allegedly attempted to rape Cornejo.

In 2017, the Department of Justice junked Cornejo's rape complaints against Navarro.

 

CELEBRITY DOCTOR ARRESTED FOR RAPE, ATTEMPTED RAPE

Cosmetic surgeon Joel Mendez was arrested in July for rape and attempted rape charges.

Mendez, who owns a string of beauty clinics, had a warrant of arrest on one count of attempted rape and 2 counts of rape.

According to the alleged victim's relative, Mendez "violated" her niece when she was 17 right in the doctor's clinic days before the teen's debut party.

Aside from rape charges, Mendez also has a standing arrest warrant for his alleged failure to remit his employees' Social Security System contributions.

In 2016, he was also convicted of tax evasion and sentenced to an indeterminate prison term of one to three years and a fine of P10,000.