Annabelle Rama gets flak from netizens
for defending Duterte over ‘catcall’

June 6 2016 2:46 PM

Image from Annabelle Rama’s Twitter account

Talent manager and veteran actress Annabelle Rama drew flak from netizens after posting cryptic tweets about her views on the controversial catcalling issue involving President-elect Rodrigo Duterte and a television reporter.

On her twitter account Rama said a man whistling to a woman is not bad at all.

Rama was referring to the Duterte’s catcall on GMA 7 reporter Mariz Umali during a press conference in Davao City May 31.

Umali’s husband and fellow reporter Raffy Tima led concerned citizens in criticizing Duterte whose “catcalling”, he said, was “wrong on so many levels”.

READ: TV reporter’s husband on Duterte ‘catcall’: It is wrong on so many levels

Rama, however, had these to say on Twitter:

(A whistle from a man is not bad especially when you are popular and decent.).

In a news conference in Davao City on May 31, the president interrupted Umali with a whistle while she was asking him a question. Incoming Press Secretary Salvador Panelo defended the president and said that he was “complimenting” Umali.

READ: Duterte was ‘complimenting’ TV reporter, says spokesperson on controversial whistle

Rama lashed out with a series of cryptic texts:

(Witch, stop using Pres. Digong’s name, you are so finicky.).

(You feel you’re pretty? What is the big issue about whistling? It wasn’t you who he whistled to. Was it prohibited?)

(You were humiliated, witch. Maybe you asked stupid questions that’s why you were interrupted.)

(Were you trying to attract attention or did you want to flirt with the president?)

(Aren’t you ashamed of yourself? You ranted about being whistled on…stupid girl, you’re not even popular!)

(If it happened to me I would just give him a flirty wink.).

Unhappy netizens countered:

@annabellerama2 respect to women. Ikaw gusto mo gawin yuun k ruffa and ur 2 grandaughters..

Wilms Cuzt ‏



@annabellerama2 a leader must always be the example, not the exception.

Michael Durana ‏



@annabellerama2 kapot siguro utak mo palibhasa bold star ka dati kaya wala kang dignidad

joram maroj ‏


Unfazed, Rama continued her barrage on Twitter:

The mother of beauty queen and actress Ruffa Gutierrez was among celebrities who attended the victory party of President-elect Duterte at the Crocodile Park in Davao City on June 4.

Actress Sarah Lahbati, girlfriend of Rama’s son Richard Gutierrez, was among the performers at the concert-party.

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