For the first time, Annabelle Rama answered the naggingquestion of showbiz reporters, "Totoo bang lilipat si Richard Gutierrez saABS-CBN?"
After the press conference of her newest productendorsement, Circulan, at Annabel's restaurant on Timog Avenue, Quezon City,Annabelle sat down with showbiz reporters and explained everything about therumored transfer of her son and talent Richard. (Click here to read relatedarticle)
"Actually, ngayon lang ako magsasalita, ha, kasi never akongnag-comment," Annabelle started her lengthy explanation. "Hindi ba, tinatanong ako, di ba? Never akong nag-comment sa video at saka saprint.
"Ngayon, magko-comment ako kasi para manahimik na sila. Kayalumabas na lilipat kami dahil hindi nga ako nag-comment. Meron lang kasing chismoso sa GMA [network]na narinig na hindi ako nag-renew [ng contract]."
THE HINDRANCE. Atfirst, Annabelle vaguely answered the media about why they were having secondthoughts of renewing Richard's contract with GMA network.
"Is it because of the talent fee?" asked one of thereporters.
Annabelle immediately answered, "Ako kasi, hindi naman sapera, e. Kasi kung talent fee, walangproblema. Sa talent fee, hindi akokinakausap. Yes, wala akong problema satalent fee, okay na kami [GMA network]."
Then, she finally revealed why they have not yetdecided to renew their contract.
Annabelle opened up to the media, "Hindi kami nag-renew kasinagkaroon ng problema sa GMA-7—hindi sa mga Gozon, doon sa mga staff—na hindipa nasu-solve. Kailangan kasi ma-solve muna lahat ng problema na yun bagoka pumirma. At ang gusto ko rin,nakalatag lahat ng projects niya for two years. Kasi ang two years, mahirap 'yang two years, baka every month maghingika pa. Mukha kang kawawa, ‘Ano bangklaseng project 'to, di ba?"
TOO-GOOD-TO-REFUSE OFFER. In a report saying Richard might move to ABS-CBN, it was alsomentioned that Richard's camp has received a "too-good-to-refuse" offer from theKapamilya network.
This was clarified right away by Jun Lalin, publicist of the Gutierrez family. Speaking on behalf ofAnnabelle, he told PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal), "Nakakahiya on the part of the Gutierrezes, na baka sabihin we arereally entertaining such offer, at nakakahiya rin sa ABS dahil wala namantalagang ganoon. Hindi kami nagre-react noon sa mga blind item dahil hindi ngatotoo. Pero nagulat kami na naisulat na rin pala na may ganito ngang offerdaw." (Click here to read full article)
On the other hand, when Annabelle was asked if the offer was true, sheanswered, "Actually, yung offer, hindi naman mawawala yun, e."
Then, she said that the "lipatan" issue never came from themnor they were using ABS-CBN to make Richard's talent fee in GMA-7 higher.
She said, "Kasi, unang-una, papaano namang malalaman ngABS-CBN na wala na kaming [kontrata] sa GMA-7? Wala naman kaming sinasabi sa kanila at never naman akong lumapit. Ako, never akong lumapit at saka never akonggumagawa ng ano sa ABS-CBN para tumaas ang talent fee.
"Noong lumabas sa isang newspaper yung [isyu na] bakalumipat, yung talent fee ni Richard, nandiyan na, napag-usapan na namin. Kaya hindi yun ang reason na lilipat kami[dahil] baka tataasan ang presyo.
"Hindi [katulad] ng gawin ng iba na bargaining. Hindi kailangan ang bargaining kasi kinausapna ako tungkol sa kontrata. Ang una kotalagang in-open, ang talent fee at saka downpayment. Approved lahat yun, walangproblema."
RESOLUTION. Despite the pressure of the media, Annabelle still refused to divulgethe problem they have with some of the Kapuso staff. Instead, she just said that they have talked about the issue withGMA-7 president Felipe Gozon and program manager Redgie Magno-Acuña whenthey had a dinner recently.
"Ayos na. Nag-meeting kami noong isang gabi kaya okay na kami," said Annabelle. "Actually, hindi meeting yun, e. Parang inimbitahan lang nila kamingmag-dinner, kaming mag-asawa [she and husband Eddie Gutierrez], Atty. and Mrs. [Felipe]Gozon, Redgie, at Richard.
"Hindi yun meeting sa problem. Gusto lang nila mag-dinner kasi lagi naman kaming nagdi-dinnernun, e, lalo na si Annette [Gozon-Abrogar, GMA Films president] at saka yung nanay niya. Lagi kaming magkasama sa dinner, kung saangparty. Pero inimbita lang kaming mag-dinner that night, kami nina Eddie."
At the end, she told the media that she is set to have a meetingwith GMA-7's senior vice president for entertainment Wilma Galvante tonight,April 11, to talk about the said problem and hopefully settle everything.