Daza bares details of ties, conflicts with late partner
MANILA, Philippines - Former Quezon City Congresswoman Nanette Castelo-Daza on Monday finally disclosed details about her erstwhile relationship with Noel Orate Sr., which ended with the latter's death last February 10.
In her affidavit, Daza said she started a relationship with Orate in 1999 until they broke up on January 18, 2012.
She said that since 2007, Orate had been borrowing money from her for his apartment rental, utilities and even to repair his car but had never paid her back.
On the day of their break-up, Orate again asked her for P60,000, which Daza refused to give. Orate then berated her, saying: "Kung hindi mo mabibigay sakin ang hinihiram ko, mabuti pang maghiwalay na lang tayo!"
Daza said she later went to Orate's house to give him the money.
She said that after the break-up, Orate kept sending her text messages to try to reconcile and even threatened to kill himself if she did not agree to go back to her. She also said Orate kept following her wherever she went.
Last February 10, Daza attended a birthday party at the Amoranto Sports Complex tennis court. She said she only stayed at the party for 30 minutes because Orate was there.
She later learned from some tennis players that Orate was crying and even threw his cellphone when she left.
Later that day, she said her maid knocked on the door of her room and told her that Orate was inside the house.
She said she told Orate to go downstairs but the latter became incensed. She said she discreetly called her daughter, Jessica, who was also in the house via cellphone so she could listen in on their conversation.
While they were talking, she said Orate suddenly pulled a gun from his tennis shorts and shouted: "Hindi ko na alam ang gagawin ko sa buhay ko. Tatapusin ko na ngayon ang lahat!"
She said she convinced Orate to go down to the waiting area but the latter began to drag her outside the house so he could lock the gate.
Wanting to spare her daughter, Jessica, and son-in-law, Allan Robes, she agreed to go with Orate if he would leave behind his gun.
It was then, Daza said, that Orate started choking her and said: "Uunahin ko si Jessica, tapos si Allan. Isusunod kita, tapos ako. Bukas, nasa headline tayo. Tapusin natin ang lahat ngayong gabing ito."
She said her brother, Bobby Castelo, had already arrived at the house but Orate refused to open the gate. She said she pleaded with Orate to spare Jessica, who was pregnant, and Allan.
She said she tried to wrestle the gun away from Orate who was already pointing the gun at her. It was then that Robes wrestled the gun from Orate and shot him.
Atty. Freddie Villamor, the lawyer of the Dazas, said the ex-congresswoman's affidavit shows Orate's state of mind before the shooting. He said Daza will be the only one to submit an affidavit to the National Bureau of Investigation Death Investigation Division while Robes will explain himself in court.
Aside from the affidavit, Daza also submitted a medical certificate that proves she was injured while being held hostage by Orate. Report by Maan Macapagal, ABS-CBN News