Belo hires lawyer with better looks
By Non Alquitran and Mike Frialde
MANILA, Philippines – Dr. Vicky Belo has dumped her current counsel Raymond Fortun for a better-looking lawyer.
Fortun, Belo’s lawyer for the past five years, claimed he has received notice of termination of his services in favor of Adel Tamano, who will serve not only as the dermatologist’s counsel but her spokesperson as well.
Fortun said he would stay on with the Belo Medical Group only until June this year.
He admitted that Tamano is more good looking than him.
“Oh, I admit he’s more handsome than me. It’s obvious,” Fortun said in Filipino, then broke into laughter.
Tall, handsome and bedimpled, Tamano is the United Opposition (UNO) spokesperson and president of Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila.
Tamano, for his part, confirmed that he is joining the Belo Medical Group and jokingly remarked that he was hired because of his looks.
“Off the record, it is because I am good looking,” he said in a phone interview.
Tamano said he would represent Belo in a criminal complaint over an alleged botched thermage procedure on a patient.
Fortun said Belo informed him she would no longer renew his services in June.
“She informed me that she will terminate my services (when) my retainer expires in June and that I will be replaced by Adel Tamano who will also act as her spokesperson,” Fortun told The STAR in an interview.
Fortun explained that he was getting P6,000 monthly retainer from Belo, whom he described as “very generous and giving.”
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