“Yes, the person in the video is me,” Janelle Manahan admitted.
Ramgen Revilla is now synonymous with everything a survivor should be: courageous, driven and blessed with lots of presence of mind.
But after surviving her boyfriend’s gruesome murder, Janelle has another hurdle to face: the sex video between her and Ramgen. Uploaded many times over, it laid bare what should only happen in the privacy of one’s bedroom -- in this case, Ramgen and Janelle’s bathroom.
Her legal counsel from the GEM Law Office warned that the office won’t go easy on whoever uploaded the video and broke the Anti-Voyeurism Act of 2009.
“Ang mensahe namin sa mga taong patuloy na tumatangkilik sa sex video na yon by clicking on it ay, alam naman natin ang naging motibo dito ay siraan at yurakan ang reputasyon ng isang babae na nakikipaglaban upang makamit ang hustisya,” says lawyer Renecio `Luke’ Espiritu. “Hindi kami titigil. Hahanapin namin kayo at papanagutin namin kayo sa ginawa ninyo.”
Janelle is matching her lawyer’s grit with an inner strength the most scandalous sex video can’t break.
“I have to be strong. Wala akong choice. Kung hindi ako magiging strong, paano lalabas ang totoo?” she says.
Yes, it’s she and Ram in the video. The other truth, as far as she is concerned, is “Walang ibang capable of uploading (ng video) kundi family nya (Ramgen’s).”
And she will suffer everything and anything to prove this.
As it is, Janelle has suffered more than enough.
“Bilang babae, masakit sa akin kasi I have nothing to hide anymore,” she reveals.
The words don’t have a tinge of bitterness. She’s talking as if she’s describing what happened to her in school that day.