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Cristine Reyes's lawyer cries foul over GMA-7 statement against her

Apr 9, 2008
"The allegation that Cristine was unprofessional, I think it is unfair. Bakit po? Kasi we went through the proper channels, in writing. We send them letters signifying her intentions to leave," clarifies Atty. Dexter Licuanan for his client Cristine Reyes (in photo).

Last week, GMA Network released a statement saying, "GMA has decided to drop Cristine Reyes from its roster of talents because of her attitude and behavior."

Initially, Cristine felt happy about the news. In fact, she even clarified the statement from her former mother station.

"Masaya ako and finally... Hindi ni-release kasi tapos na yung kontrata ko, e. Nung nalaman ko yung news, actually natuwa ako," said Cristine. (Click here to read full article.)

However, despite the positive remark of the young actress, her lawyer, Atty. Dexter Licuanan, questioned the statement. He argued that it created a "wrong impression" about his client.

In an interview with ABS-CBN News, Licuanan explained, "I just wanted to correct the impression that the reason they let her go daw was because of her very bad and unprofessional behavior, which is very inaccurate, to begin with. Her contract has expired so it's but right for them to release her,"

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He also pointed out, "She has gone through the process of observing the rules of courtesy by signifying to them formally her intentions to leave."

Atty. Licuanan explained that his client's contract with GMA network expired this year. He said that he concluded, after evaluating the contract, that it was expired and there were no mandatory extensions.

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The lawyer further explained, "Mayroong usually mandatory extensions sa ganyang mga management contract, but what I would want to emphasize [is that this] contract na tinuturo nila ay management contract. So hindi po ito exclusive artist contract that she signed on sa GMA-7—it's through Artist Center [talent arm of GMA-7], iyon lang po ang pinag-uusapan diyan."

UNFAIR STATEMENT. Cristine's lawyer also reacted to GMA-7's statement saying, "She is welcome to leave. The network has a lot more serious artists to assign important projects and develop into fine, professional actors. That being said, GMA network has now closed its doors on Cristine."

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Atty. Licuanan thought of it as an unfair statement for his client. For him, it somehow branded Cristine as unprofessional.

"The allegation that Cristine was unprofessional, I think it is unfair. Bakit po? Kasi we went through the proper channels, in writing. We send them letters signifying her intentions to leave.



"Number two, iyong alleged frequent appearance of Cristine referred to her promotion for the movie she made with her ate Ara Mina entitled Ate. Hindi ako na-consult about that, but I actually told her to try and for courtesy sake, to secure permission and I think she was able to do that,"

NOT TRANSFERRING. In a previous article published in PEP, Cristine's reaction to the statement was, "Natuwa ako kasi ang tagal ko na inaantay na payagan na nila ako na lumipat. Ang tagal-tagal na naming nagmi-meeting. Ayaw po talaga nilang pumayag," (Click here to read full article.)

However, when Atty. Licuanan was told about this, he again clarified, "Gusto ko lang liwanagin, hindi po siya lilipat sa ABS-CBN. Ang gusto lang ni Cristine, she wanted to have independence to be able to make appearances in programs not only in Channel 7 and also to appear on shows of ABS-CBN... She wanted to have an artist's license to try on different projects, pero wala siyang management contract na pipirmahan. So hindi siya pipirma sa Star Magic for management contract."

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Cristine is scheduled to sign a contract with ABS-CBN today, April 9, for her newest project. She will do the remake of Alma Moreno's '70s movie titled Eva Fonda, 16.
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"The allegation that Cristine was unprofessional, I think it is unfair. Bakit po? Kasi we went through the proper channels, in writing. We send them letters signifying her intentions to leave," clarifies Atty. Dexter Licuanan for his client Cristine Reyes (in photo).
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