MANILA, Philippines – The mother of a 17-year-old girl whom social media personality and actress Ellen Adarna accused of trying to take "paparazzi" videos called on the actress to apologize for "ruining" her daughter's reputation.
In a post on her Facebook page, Myra Abo Santos, who identified herself as the mother of 17-year-old Eleila A. Santos, said Ellen "posted a one sided narrative and insisted on erroneous and unfounded accusations" despite Eleila's efforts to reach out and explain her side of the story.
Myra Santos noted that they have since sought "legal assistance."
"As advised by our lawyer, we are now writing this letter. As her family, we ask you to publicly apologize 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 added.
Over the weekend, 30-year-old Ellen posted videos of Eleila on her Instagram stories with the caption: "When you PAP us We PAP you. Its a tie #PAParazziMoves." Ellen was eating at a popular ramen restuarant when she apparently caught Eleila using her phone to take videos.
The actress presumed Eleila was trying to take videos of her. Eleila, on Twitter, said that she wasn't – and that she was merely trying to take a video of her food and her companion. Ellen has insisted that she was right.
Here's Eliela's mother's post in full:
Dear Ms. Adarna,
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.
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.
After her friends told her about the ‘Instagram Story’ that you posted where she was first identified, she was mature enough to immediately write privately to you and explain the situation: that she was taking footage of her food. We initially took it lightly, thinking things would be resolved quickly and the 30-year old you would give the two minors the benefit of the doubt. Even her aunt wrote a private message to you, and mentioned she is a minor. However, we did not hear anything from you.
Instead, you posted a one sided narrative and insisted on erroneous and unfounded accusations again on Instagram. You have claimed my daughter is guilty, rude, and has been repeatedly insinuating my daughter is lying. 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.
When we watched this video, coupled with the lack of an actual response from your side – it was clear to us – you did not want an explanation. You only want to defame our daughter publicly.
My daughter, even though was not in the wrong, immediately reached out to you via an IG about the misunderstanding. She is my only living child. She is just 17 years old. 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.
My family and I have 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.
As much as no one has the right to breach your privacy, you have no right to ruin my 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.
Myra A. Santos
Mother of Eleila Santos, 17 years old