Beautiful couple Angelica Panganiban and Derek Ramsay must be getting tired of all the controversial buzz about them. After reports of an alleged breakup, a photo of the couple with Panganiban's hand inside Ramsay's shorts made the front page of tabloid Pinoy Parazzi on March 17.
According to PEP.ph, Ramsay told The Buzz, "I will not deny it. I know that the picture was taken in Boracay with a group of friends just having fun [two or three years ago]." Ramsay doesn't believe that one of their friends sold the photo.
He added, "The only thing that I worry about that picture is Angel, of course; she's a girl. Angel and I are very happy. [We're only human.] Sometimes, especially with our job, we like to get out and we're there to enjoy. When we took that picture, the least that I expected was for it to become a cover of a newspaper."
Ramsay believes Pinoy Parazzi just did its job. "[It's not hurting other people.] You just have to look at it in a funny way."
Pinoy Parazzi Editor-in-Chief Raimund Agapito told The Buzz that the photo had been offered to other publications but only Pinoy Parazzi bought it. He refused to name his source. "[I am] constitutionally guarded."
However, lawyer J.T. Leonardo Santos said the couple could pursue legal steps against Pinoy Parazzi. "Although it is your right to publish whatever expression you have, whatever freedom of speech you have, you must exercise it in good faith. Obviously, you're not in good faith if you know [that you will hurt someone if you publish that photo.]"
Agapito said the photo is only part of a series of about 20 photos. "When the need arises, why not [publish the photos]? I won't waste my investment."
To this, Ramsay said, "I don't know...is that a threat? I remember the day very clearly. Wala naman kaming ginagawang masama ng araw na 'yon. So, if they do have more pictures of that, [they're lucky]! (laughs)."
As for Panganiban, the young actress has remained tight-lipped about the issue. When asked to comment, the young actress only said in Filipino, "I'm not going to give an interview; why are you following me?"