MANILA, Philippines – Former politician and actress Aiko Melendez has been declared “persona non grata” in Bulacan for purportedly insinuating that Mayor Patrick Meneses is gay, radio dzMM reported on Tuesday.
In a resolution signed by 21 local officials, the actress was said to have disrespected both Bulacan Mayor Meneses and Pandi Mayor Enrico Roque for hinting on microblogging site Twitter that they were lovers.
The actress went steady with Meneses for 3-and-a-half years before calling it quits early this year.
Meneses sued Melendez for libel before the Malolos Regional Trial Court last week. "I have to stand up for this kasi 'yong pagkatao ko 'yong sisirain dito."
In a separate complaint, Roque also charged her, along with 3 movie scribes, with libel. He is seeking P5 million in damages.
"Meron akong mga pamilya, mga nasasaktan, asawa't anak na maapektuhan, siyempre pati mga constituents ko. Doon tayo sa tama,” Roque said.
In her exclusive interview with ABS-CBN celebrity show "The Buzz,” Melendez vehemently denied the accusations.
She maintained that she never doubted Meneses’ sexuality. She also said the libel suit was unexpected.
“Ngayon may persona non grata ako. Wala akong sinabing pangit ang Bulacan, wala akong sinabi na nakaka-demean sa Bulacan. Ito ay between me and Patrick,” she told “The Buzz” host Boy Abunda.
She also vowed to fight until the truth comes out.