Sheryl Cruz recently made headlines when her former friend, an OFW named “Alex”, sought help from Raffy Tulfo and his online show Raffy Tulfo in Action earlier this month regarding a supposed debt she incurred during the last election. When she ran for councilor in Manila, her friend supposedly put up money to hold certain events in her name during the campaign period. When contacted by the Tulfo show aired last July 14, the actress refused to comment on the issue except to say that she had already sought legal counsel and that there was no debt.
Last July 21, the actress finally released an official statement regarding the issue through her social media accounts and reiterated her initial statement that she did not have any unpaid debts. She challenged her former friend, an OFW and frontliner who is currently abroad, to provide proof of the debt. Sheryl also stated that the money used was not from personal funds but from their official campaign funds. She wrote, “I have not borrowed any amount from ‘Alex.’ Should she be able to prove clearly and unequivocally that she did incur deficit during my campaign, I would gladly pay the same. I pay my dues. The money she may have caused to be paid for the dance projects and the salaries of the staff are from the campaign funds and not from her own pocket. She was one of my campaign handlers and she held the funds.”
The 46-year-old actress also shared her sentiment’s regarding Raffy Tulfo’s program and how they depicted her in their July 14 episode aired on their YouTube channel which has 13M subscribers. As of this writing, the episode “Sheryl Cruz, Ipina-Tulfo ng Kanyang Kaibigan!” already has more than 4M views. Sheryl added, “It saddens me that a radio program becomes a pseudo court that acts like a lawyer, a judge, and jury all at the same time without even knowing the other side. An anonymous number called me when the program was already being aired and was expecting me to explain. I was taken by surprise. I chose to remain silent because I don’t want to go on that level. I prefer to explain myself before the court if need be because my conscience is clear and truth and fairness will protect me.”
Sheryl also addressed those who have been bashing her on social media after the episode aired. “To those who have been sending me hate messages and cursing me without even knowing my side of the story, all your messages may be used as evidence of cyber bullying and online harassment. I should not be faulted for something I am not liable for,” she explained.