By Charmie Joy Pagulong
An emotional Ana Jalandoni faced the media during her first public appearance after the alleged physical assault by her boyfriend Kit Thompson at a hotel in Tagaytay City last March 18.
Ana was joined by her father, sister and lawyers during the press conference held in Quezon City.
When asked to recall what happened on that day, she said in tears, “Hindi ko po masabi. Hindi ko po kaya i-kwento lahat. Nasaktan po ako. Sabihin ko na lang po yung nararamdaman ko. Masakit na masakit po yung pinagdaanan ko. I didn’t saw it coming.”
“(Hindi ko akalin) na nagawa sa akin to ng mahal ko. Wala pong babae na gustong masaktan (katulad ng) dinanas ko. Marami po akong dinaanan sa buhay… hirap yung isip ko. Hirap yung puso ko. Nasaktan po ako ng lubusan,” she added.
According to her, it was not the first time that Kit allegedly hurt her. She said that there was already a previous encounter but the incident in Tagaytay was the “worst”.
“Sa totoo po nung una niya akong sinampal, nag-isip po ako nun ng hindi maganda na mali po yung ganung attitude. Kasi may anger (management) problem (siya). Nag-sorry naman siya after. Tapos pinaliwanagan ko naman siya. Wag kang mananakit. Ganyan… May mali po talaga,” she shared.
When queried if there was drugs involved during that Tagaytay episode, she said, “May nakita po akong marijuana pero hindi naman po siya nag-take sa harap ko. Wala naman po (akong nakita na kung) anong mga pills, hindi ko po alam.”
She said there is no third party involved. “Wala po akong ibang karelasyon. Meron po siyang matagal ng pinagseselosan which is yung ex ko po.”
Ana disclosed that she got married in the United States in 2017 and the relationship ended in 2018.
The 25-year-old actress admitted she still loves Kit and that she is willing to forgive him but that he must face the consequences of his actions. “Mahal ko pa rin siya. Hindi naman po yun ganun kadali mawala. Siyempre ho hindi ko deserve yung nangyari sa akin,” she said.
Is there a chance that they would still get back together? “Hindi ko pa po iniisip yun,” she replied and added, “The important thing for me now is ipaglaban ko ho yung karapatan ko bilang babae na hindi katanggap-tanggap yung nangyari sa akin. Pero yung sa love, nandun pa rin po siya.”
She said she was still experiencing trauma brought about by the incident. “Dun po ako hirap, yung anxiety. Natatakot ako sa ospital. I can’t sleep. Nahihirapan po ako. Hanggang ngayon, nata-trauma pa ho ako.”
On why she deleted almost all of her photos on Instagram, she explained, “Na-depressed po kasi ako. Parang pag nakikita ko po kasi yung mukha ko tapos tinitingnan ko sa mga pictures ko parang hindi ako yung natutuwa. Tinanggal ko na po lahat, hindi ko na makita kung ano yung itsura ko. Parang hindi na ako yun.”
Her message to Kit was to “fix yourself,” saying the lesson she learned from what happened was: “Unahin ko muna sarili ko bago ibang tao.”
Ana and her legal team are filing two more cases against Kit, frustrated homicide and illegal detention, aside from two counts of violence against women.
The actor has yet to issue an official statement, as of writing. But previously, his management Cornerstone Entertainment, said that it “does not condone any act of violence and profoundly value the dignity of women.
“In this delicate situation, we subscribe to the sound discretion of law enforcement and allow the wheels of justice to take its course,” the statement also said.