Eleila’s mother posted a statement on Facebook over Ellen Adarna’s Instagram stories accusing her daughter as a paparazzi.
“I am the mother of Eleila A. Santos, the 17-year-old girl you identified and accused as paparazzi in a series of Instagram posts,” Myra Abo Santos wrote.
Adarna turned viral over the weekend after posting a clip of Eleila holding a phone, allegedly taking a video of her and her boyfriend John Lloyd Cruz in a ramen restaurant at Makati.
“We are reaching out to you to let you know how deeply hurt we are by the unneeded stress and unwanted attention you caused after you uploaded a photo and video of her on Instagram, without any consent from us,” she added.
“Instead, you posted a one-sided narrative and insisted on erroneous and unfounded accusations again on Instagram,” the mother stated.
You even said that you can handle bashers and hope my child could, too. I want to tell you that she is not like you, she never needed to. She is a private individual who has not even turned 18. As a celebrity, we would have thought you would understand the value of privacy,” she added.
Myra said Adarna didn’t want an explanation and the actress only wanted to defame her daughter publicly.
“My daughter, even though was not in the wrong, immediately reached out to you via an IG about the misunderstanding,” she said.
“The only good thing about this is I found out how strong and formidable she is; and how happy I am of how she turned out to be – a genuine person who can stand her ground. Now it is my turn to protect her, just as how our state protects its children,” Myra defended.
According to her, their family has begun seeking legal assistance.
“As advised by our lawyer, we are now writing this letter. As her family, we ask you to publicly apologise to Eleila. We prefer not to take this further, but as our only daughter, we are ready to take this wherever needed to protect her integrity,” she said.
The mother also stated that Adarna has no right to ruin her daughter’s reputation.
“My lawyer indicates that you will have five days to reply to this letter. Should you fail or refuse to do so, we will not hesitate to take the appropriate legal actions necessary under the circumstances, to protect and uphold the best interest and welfare of our 17-year-old, Eleila A. Santos,” she added.