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Court orders Annabelle Rama’s arrest

Annabelle Rama

A Quezon City court on Monday ordered the arrest of talent manager Annabelle Rama for failing to attend her scheduled arraignment on 14 counts of libel lodged by former actress Nadia Montenegro.

Judge Eleuterio Bathan of Regional Trial Court Branch 92 cited a court rule that the accused in a criminal case is required to attend his or her arraignment.

Rama’s lawyer Derick Delegencia said the talent manager was unavailable for the court date.

But Montenegro’s lawyer, Marie Glen Abraham, pointed out that under new court rules, the accused is required to attend arraignments except in case of illness.

Earlier, Rama had posted bail for the libel charges at P10,000 for each count.

The Quezon City Prosecutor’s Office found probable cause to charge her for malicious remarks Rama made on Twitter and in TV interviews against Montenegro, who had accused the talent manager of child abuse over her teenaged daughters’ showbiz careers.

Rama is also facing grave oral defamation and two counts of unjust vexation.

However, assistant city prosecutor Diovie Macaraig-Calderon dismissed the complaints for child abuse, unjust vexation slander by deed, and attempted physical injuries against Rama. (MNS)

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