In August 2016, actress Rosanna Roces surprised everyone when she announced that she was set to marry Blessy Arias, her lesbian partner.
Now, Roces is back on the news for a completely different reason.
During the ongoing House inquiry on the alleged drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison, inmate Nonile Arile—an ex-cop who's convicted of kidnapping and murder—claimed that Roces was the mistress of drug lord and high-profile inmate Vicente Sy. "Kabit niya ang artista na si Rosanna Roces, alyas Osang," he said. ("His mistress is actress Rosanna Roces, alias Osang.")
Sy was one of the inmates hurt in a recent violent incident inside the national penitentiary.
Roces wrote, "Paanong magiging mistress, eh babae ang dinadala ko (kay) Enteng?" ("How can I be a mistress when I bring in women for Enteng?")
"Enteng" is Sy's nickname.
Roces clarified that she only functioned as the "manager" of sex workers whom she brought in for some of the inmates. She revealed, "Kada hatid ko ng babae ay 25k ang binibigay sa akin." ("Each time I bring in a woman, they give me P25,000.")
Roces went on to point out that if she's really Sy's mistress, then she wouldn't have to work so hard. She also said that she's not involved in the illegal drug trade.
She added: "Hindi droga ang business ko sa Bilibid [kundi] Monterey, taga-deliver ng karne. Isang tao lang ang kausap ko doon, iyong sinasabi nilang si Vicente Sy. Madaling magtahi ng kwento pero mahirap ang magpatunay."
("I'm not involved in the drug trade inside Bilibid. I'm like Monterey: I deliver meat. I only deal with one person there, the man named Vicente Sy. It's easy to make up stories, but it's hard to prove if they're true.")
"Roces also admitted to have performed inside the correctional facility with April Boy Regino and sexy singer Selina Sevilla, which allowed her to meet the likes of Jaybee Sebastian," reports ABS-CBN News. Sebastian is a high-profile inmate convicted for kidnapping and carnapping; and he's allegedly a drug lord.