GMA-7 Production Manager Redgie Acuña-Magno was reduced to tears while stating her stand on Angel Locsin's controversial transfer to rival network, ABS-CBN.
Accommodating Showbiz Central's request for a formal interview, Redgie couldn't help but feel emotional in lamenting all her sentiments to her former anak-anakan. Unknown to many, Redgie handled all of Angel's programs with the network during her stay, starting with Mulawin to Darna to Majika, and her last, Asian Treasures.
HANDS FULL. As she previously mentioned, Redgie couldn't grasp the protest given by manager Becky Aguila on Angel's alleged tight schedule, depriving the young actress of substantial rest and subsequently affecting both her personal and family life.
"Alam mo, hindi ko rin maintindihan si Becky kung bakit niya sinasabi ‘yon kasi siya ang tumatangap ng lahat ng mga assignments ni Angel. Sa mga days na supposedly rest days niya, binibigyan pa niya si Angel ng iba pang projects, so talagang mapapagod nga 'yung bata," said Redgie to host Pia Guanio in a taped interview shown yesterday, July 29.
The program manager didn't deny the taxing shooting demands of Asian Treasures but argued that it was only during the election period when they started shooting daily to catch up on those shooting days previously called off because of Angel's other commitments outside the show.
"Nung una, first taping days namin sa Asian Treasures, every other day ang taping namin. Nagkaroon na lang kami ng everyday taping during the election period and onwards kasi kailangan naming mag-everyday taping because she has other commitments—meron siyang out of the country, meron siyang mga kung anu-anong projects sa mga provinces, meron pa siyang political endorsement—so lahat ‘yun gusto naming i-accommodate. Hindi lang siya ang napapagod, pati co-stars niya napapagod din. Kasi kailangan din nilang mag-taping every day para lang pagbigyan ‘yung request nila."
Redgie stated that she herself became alarmed by Angel's apparent lack of rest which was starting to register both on camera and on screen.
"I even actually asked Becky to give her rest days kasi mukha na siyang pagod on TV. Sometimes hindi na siya maganda on TV. Sabi ko, 'Bigyan mo naman ng rest days ‘yung bata.'
"Humingi siya [Angel] ng bakasyon noon nung nagkaroon sila ng family reunion. Nagpunta sila ng Boracay, ibinigay namin sa kanya ‘yon. Ni-request niya ‘yon kung puwede siya magbakasyon ng ilang days, ibinigay namin ‘yon sa kanya.
"Pagbalik niya, kailangan na naman naming mag-everyday taping kasi tumengga kami ng ilang araw. So, parang unfair ‘yon sa amin na sabihin niya na napagod siya sa Asian Treasures. Hindi lang Asian Treasures ang ginagawa niya. Alam ni Becky ‘yon and alam ni Angel ‘yon."
NO SIGNS OF COMPLAINT. Looking back, Redgie said she was shocked with all of Angel's reported grievances recently as the actress never showed any signs of objection right from the start until the show's (Asian Treasures) end. Angel's relationship with her co-stars and the entire staff, according to Redgie, was also pleasant.
"Ngayon, biglang may mga lumalabas na may mga reklamo siya. Nakakagulat lang kasi sana na-communicate niya ‘yan sa akin or kung kanino man after man lang ng Asian Treasures. Sana sinabi man lang niya na ‘napagod ako'... kung anuman ang reklamo niya. Sana nasabi niya ‘yon. Nakakagulat lang, ngayon lumalabas lahat," she said.
Redgie admitted feeling hurt with the way Angel severed her ties with the Kapuso Network.
"Hindi lang naman trabaho kami makipagrelasyon, e. Itinuturing naming pamilya ang bawat isa. Alam ng lahat ng artista ng GMA na ganun kami trumato ng artista. Masakit lang mga bintang nila," Redgie said while sobbing.
"Puwede naman sila umalis, e. Di umalis sila, magsabi lang sila nang maayos. Kausapin nila kami nang maayos."
Aside from Redgie herself, the people most hurt by Angel's decision to jump ship were all the staff and crew of her shows.
"Alam mo, lahat ng tao nung nalaman ‘yung pag-transfer niya, lahat ng naging staff ng lahat ng shows niya umiiyak kasi alam nila kung paano nila inalagaan si Angel. Nakakapagtaka lang, nakakasakit ng loob," cried Redgie.
"Puwede siya umalis. Puwede, bakit hindi? Hindi naman namin siya ipipilit sa amin, e. Kausapin niya lang kami nang maayos. Magpaalam siya nang maayos. Hindi ‘yung nagsinungaling siya sa amin, sinabi niya hindi niya kinakausap ang ABS, pero kinakausap niya na pala habang nagmi-meeting kami. Ilang beses siyang nagsinungaling? Ilang beses? Kaya masakit, 'yun lang ang masasabi ko."