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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Jan 17, 2016

Valeen Montenegro Accused To Be The Reason Why Marriage Of Ciara Sotto To TV Exec Jojo Oconer Crumbled

A LOT OF people were surprised when they saw Valeen Montenegro, a granddaughter of the late LVN Pictures actor Mario Montenegro who's now 25 years old, moving to GMA-7 via TAPE and APT Entertainment. Valeen was introduced by ABS-CBN as part of their Star Circle in 2006 in the afternoon youth series, "All Abt U", but her career didn't prosper there so she moved to TV5 where she co-hosted "Artista Academy" and did comedy in "Lokomoko U".

Then she suddenly appeared in “Sunday Pinasaya” and “Princess in the Palace”, both produced by TAPE & APT. She also played a big role in the hit filmfest entry, “My Bebe Love”, as Vic Sotto’s secretary, also produced by APT. Someone even asked: “Sino kaya ang padrino niyan? Ang lakas niya sa TAPE at APT, ha.”

Now, all of a sudden, Valeen is accused of being the third wheel in the break up of the marriage of Ciara Sotto and TAPE exec Jojo Oconer. Ciara and Valeen are co-stars in “Princess in the Palace”. Ciara first made the public aware that she suspects her husband is cheating through her posts in her social media accounts, suggesting that he's been lying to her.

Finally, a few days ago, she posted this: “These past weeks have been very difficult for me and my son. It’s true that I moved out of our home and decided to go back to my parents’ house (her parents are Helen Gamboa and Tito Sotto) for now. The truth is painful, but it is what it is. I know that the Lord will strengthen me after this. I prefer to keep my privacy at this time & I would appreciate the public respecting this. Thank you to those who are sending me messages of ­support and encouragement.”

Ciara didn’t mention Valeen’s name but she’s said to be the prime suspect. Maybe Valeen should speak out and clear her name right away as this could be very damaging to her reputation.