Talent manager and comedian Ogie Diaz was quick to explain his ties with controversial businessman Xian Gaza following reports that the latter was a scammer.
The actor-showbiz columnist took to his Facebook account on July 4 to finally clarify his relationship with Xian.
“Ang dami na rin lang nagtatanong tungkol kay Xian S. Gaza kung kaibigan ko ba siya? Scammer ba siya? Manloloko? O talagang matinong businessman at business partner talaga ako?
“Kasi na-drag na ang name ko (wow, na-drag talaga) sa isang post ng isang taong may galit o bad experience kay Xian,” he started.
Ogie confirmed that he does know Xian. Je even noted, “Mabait naman siya sa akin at sa mga kaibigan ko.”
In one of his posts on his Facebook page, Xian called Ogie his “friend-turned-business-partner.”
While it was true to some extent, Ogie explained that he and Xian are no longer business partners.
“Yes, inalok niya akong investor sa civet coffee business niya, pero nag-pullout po ako ng investment (with interest gain naman) dahil kailangan ko ng pera para sa isang property na deadline na for full payment about two weeks ago,” Ogie explained.
Meanwhile, Ogie claimed that he has no knowledge of Xian’s coffee date stunt for Erich Gonzales, which had him making headlines to begin with.
“Yung kay Erich Gonzales na viral ngayon, hindi ko po alam yan. Baka diskarte niya yan bilang manliligaw. Nung na-viral na, dun ko lang nabasa,” explained Ogie.
Furthermore, Ogie claimed that he has no knowledge about Xian’s past.
“Hindi ko po alam ang mga transactions niya in the past. Kung meron mang concerns ang ibang tao sa kanya, dumirekta na lang po sa kanya, wag na po sa akin,” he added. “Mula nung mag-pullout po ako ng investment (parang ang laki-laki naman, hahaha!) sa kanya, hindi na po kami nagkita. Huli naming usap ay yung na-viral ang coffee invite nya kay Erich.”
In the end, Ogie explained that Xian apologized to him for getting him dragged into the fray.
“Hiyang-hiya nga sa akin si Xian at nagso-sorry dahil nadadamay na raw ako at yung pagpapa-picture niya with Liza Soberano (whom Ogie co-manages) ay nagagamit din,” he ended.
Dewanie, in her explosive string of tweets, claimed that Xian, at one point also tried to get Liza’s attention, as well as other celebrities like Ella Cruz and Donnalyn Bartolome, among others.