Rico Yan’s family breaks silence on Sabrina M relationship claims: ‘Unfair, disrespectful’
Sita Yan, mother of Rico Yan, appealed to the public to stop making speculations about the late actor’s life, days after former sexy star Sabrina M claimed that they had been in a relationship for “several years.”
In a statement sent to showbiz writer Ogie Diaz, Sita said his son is no “longer around” to either confirm or deny certain claims about his life since he’s been dead for 21 years, as seen in Diaz’s vlog.
“It has been 21 years since Rico passed on March 29 2002. The pain of the family losing a son and a brother, has been permanently etched into our being,” her statement read.
Without mentioning Sabrina’s name, Rico’s mother pointed out that the recent rumors surrounding the late actor’s life is “very unfair,” especially that he’s no longer around to deny them.
“The recent news swirling around Rico is very unfair. He is no longer around to give his comment, to either refute, deny, or acknowledge the claims. It is not only unfair but disrespectful,” she added.
Sita also pleaded to the public to stop using the late matinee idol’s name for their “individual purposes.”
“I ask everyone concerned to please STOP using Rico’s name for their own individual purposes. Please leave Rico, and us in peace. Thank you,” she said.
Sabrina M, whose real name is Maricaren Pallasigue, previously revealed at a media conference that she was in a relationship with Yan for “several years,” although they decided to keep their romance private for the sake of their careers.
In response, Claudine Barretto’s camp said it’s determined to take “legal action” against the former sexy star for “false claims,” according to the actress’ close friend and lawyer Ferdinand “Ferdie” Topacio. Barretto was in a relationship with Yan from 1998 to 2002.
Pallasigue, however, stood firm on her claims and appeared to be in fighting form after she was posting on Facebook her pictures with several lawyers. EDV