February might have started on an off note for Ivana Alawi, but she seems to be taking control. She closed off the week with statement-making posts on Instagram and Facebook, amid rumors of an alleged affair with Bacolod City Mayor Albee Benitez.
Is This Ivana Alawi's Response To Those Affair Rumors?
Ivana posted a portrait photo with just a lyric from Miley Cyrus’ mega-hit “Flowers”, emphasizing how she can rely on herself to buy what she needs.
Ivana Alawi receives support
Comments from fellow creatives agreed with the sentiment immediately. Makeup artist Paul Unating and stylist Adrienne Concepcion even took the metaphor further.
Clowns and False Accusations
On the other hand, Ivana’s Instagram Stories post is a bit more pointed. It says “A clear conscience laughs at a false accusation” accompanied by three clown emojis.
Details on Ivana's alleged affair with the Bacolod City Mayor
Speculations swiftly followed Ivana after Pep.ph reported that Bacolod City Mayor Albee Benitez was allegedly seen with an actress at the airport, about to board a plane leaving for Japan. In the article, Mayor Albee was described as shaking his head, seemingly denying the accusations.
The article also revealed how he and his wife Dominique “Nikki” Lopez-Benitez have long been separated. “We have not been a couple for several years already. In fact, we have gotten a dissolution in court several years back,” shared Mayor Albee to PEP.
Shortly after the interview was published, Mayor Albee took to Facebook asking for “understanding and respect for privacy.” The statement continued, “In my private capacity as a film and TV program producer, my professional interaction with various celebrities is inherent to the nature of the business.”
Ivana released a statement denying the affair allegations
"There are posts and issues involving my name. I tried to stay quiet at dumedma na lang dahil sa paniniwala ko na hindi ako dapat magsalita lalo kapag alam ko na wala akong ginagawang masama," she wrote. "But because of the false accusations and hurtful words that are being thrown to my Mom and Mona, kinailangan ko nang linawin ang mga bagay."
"This will be the first and last time na magsasalita ako tungkol dito. HINDI PO AKO ANG NASASABING girlfriend ni Mayor Albee Benitez," she emphatically declared. "I met him when I had work in Bacolod. He was very accommodating and friendly. At hindi lang sya ang politikong nakilala ko at naging kaibigan."
Ivana also opened up about her love life, stating "I am currently seeing someone who makes me happy. All I can say is that he is a respectable businessman and not a Politician. Sana this helps clear my name and clarify all rumors. Maraming salamat."