Model allegedly involved in Azkals scandal appears on Showbiz Central but neither confirms nor denies rape rumors
(SPOT.ph) Amanda Coling, the professional model allegedly involved in the Azkals rape case controversy, guested on GMA's Showbiz Central yesterday, June 17, to talk about how the issue has affected her and her family, reports GMA News.
Coling, who says she is an Applied Physics graduate from the University of the Philippines Diliman and who also works as a full-time model, said she decided to come out and explain her side of the story after she was removed from the FHM Sexiest Women of the World 2011 program last week for her supposed involvement in the scandal. "I felt harassed... That was my bread and butter... I dedicated my time for that. I turned down so many projects abroad for that," she said. Incidentally, Coling was featured as the FHM Girlfriend of the Month back in September 2009.
However, Coling explained that she didn't come out to talk about being allegedly raped by Azkals players Neil Etheridge, Simon Greatwich, Anton Del Rosario, and Jason Sabio. "(That) is something super sensitive. Natatakot akong magsalita kasi ayokong magsinungaling pero ayoko rin makasakit nang kung sino man (I'm afraid to talk because I don't want to lie but I don't want to hurt anyone either)." Instead, a teary Coling told Showbiz Central host Pia Guanio that the issue has affected her family and friends severely. She said that her mother is constantly worried that someone might come and attack their house. A friend also told Coling that if the rumors were true, he would kill himself. "How do you deal with that?" Coling asked, crying.
Coling said she met Etheridge and Greatwich pre-Azkals fame in 2009. Del Rosario, she said, she met in "gimikans" and she was unaware that he was also part of the national football team. She said she met Sabio only once some time in June. She has not seen nor spoken to any of the Azkals in over a month, even when the issue broke out.
Coling said that a writer approached her as early as the first week of June to ask about the alleged rape. After ignoring that instance, she was surprised when German national Paul Weiler brought the issue up again after over a month. "I first found out that I was involved in the issue when media started calling me last Monday. As soon as possible, I found a lawyer," she said.
Neither confirming nor denying the rape rumors, Coling said, "Gusto ko justice ma-serve sa karapat-dapat pero peace na lang talaga for everyone involved (I want justice to be served to those who deserve it. But more than that, I just want peace for everyone involved)." She also wished the Azkals luck in their upcoming game against Kuwait.
Addressing questions that she broke her silence for fame, Coling answered: "I'm into modeling and it's a part of showbiz. It would be hypocrisy if I said I didn't want to be an artista (actor). I've always wanted to be an artista since I was a kid. But I never dreamed that I would be part of issues like this."
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