FIRST READ ON PEP: Buzz about Richard Gutierrez's transfer to ABS-CBN gets louder

Talks are getting louder that Kapuso star Richard Gutierrez is being offered by ABS-CBN and that his mother and manager, Annabelle Rama, is seriously considering it. But according to an insider, "Hindi ililipat ni Annabelle si Richard sa ABS."



Is it RichardGutierrez's turn to move to ABS-CBN?

Nang magsimula angdemandahan sa tatlong kumpanya—AGB Nielsen, GMA-7, and ABS-CBN—the Kapusonetwork gathered its biggest and brightest stars for an ID plug showing theirsupport for their station as "Proud to be Kapuso."

Ang unang ipinalabasng GMA-7 ay ang kay Richard, the acknowledged king of GMA primetime.

GUARANTEED CONTRACT. He is reportedly thehighest paid star of the Kapuso network and, more importantly, ang pinanghahawakanniya ay isang guaranteed contract. A guaranteed contract is the premiumcontract. It means he must have a regular show (a certain number ofshows for some) at kung wala, babayaran pa rin siya ng istasyon of the amounthe should get kung mayroon siya. Kapalit nito is Richard's exclusivity na hindisiya puwedeng makita o mag-guest sa ABS-CBN.

Reportedly, any showof Richard na ipalalabas muli, babayaran din siya ulit ng network. Kung kaya'tkung sakaling magdesisyon ang GMA-7 na i-replay ang Mulawin, for example, may panibagongbayad daw na matatanggap si Richard.

It was already writtenseveral times that Richard is part of the creative group that willconceptualize his next primetime soap for GMA-7 after Kamandag ends. He is thefirst star to be able to be given that privilege sa GMA-7. Only the likes ofVilma Santos, Sharon Cuneta, and Dolphy ang may ganitong pribiliheyo sa ABS-CBNna makasama sila sa pagbuo pa lang ng concept of their shows.

Richard is also anexclusive star of GMA Films, the first to be signed up by the film arm of theKapuso network. Sumunod na lang sa kanya sina Iza Calzado, Rhian Ramos, atDingdong Dantes in that order.

But Richard'sguaranteed contract is expiring on May 26—some say 27 and other say 28—of thisyear. Now, we hear whispers at presscons and we read blind items in tabloidsthat Richard might move to ABS-CBN.

RICHARD AS A KAPAMILYA? Walang halos gustongmagsalita sa kahit na sinong malapit kay Richard tungkol sa usap-usapang ito.Kung mayroon man, naniniguro muna sila na hindi sila maku-quote ormapapangalan.

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"Palagi namang mayganyang balita kay Richard," sagot ng isa sa mga nakausap ng PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal).

Pinasagot lang naminng simpleng yes or no ang aming unang kausap kung may offer ba ang ABS-CBN kayRichard.

"Wala nang bago diyan,si Richard pa ba ang hindi oo-offer-an ng ABS?" sagot nito.

This time though, masmaraming slant and reasoning kung bakit lumalakas ang usapan.

Una, may tampuhan nanaman daw sa pagitan ng kampo ni Richard at ng GMA-7. Ikalawa, nasa ABS-CBN angmga pinakamahahalagang babae sa buhay ni Richard ngayon—si KC Concepcion, nabalitang nililigawan niya; si Angel Locsin na original partner niya sa GMA-7;at pati na rin si Ruffa Gutierrez, ang kanyang ate.

"Ilang beses na bangmay tampuhan ang GMA at si Richard? Hindi naman ito ang una," sabi ngpangalawang source ng PEP.

Ang puno't dulo ngayonsa sinasabing tampuhan ay ang hindi raw paglagay ng image ni Richard sa unangbatch ng summer plug ng GMA-7. Balitang nag-cut short ng two days si Richardfrom his last U.S. trip—where he received a Visionary Award—just to make itto the summer plug.

Naayos na ito sasumunod na plug. But as our second source explained, "The damage has beendone."

Another unwrittentampo was when Richard attended the birthday party of GMA-7 president Atty. Felipe Gozon.Bukod-tanging si Richard lang daw ang hindi ipinakita sa mga video nanaglabasan about this party.

We asked back nanapakasimpleng problema nito para ilipat agad si Richard sa ABS-CBN. Anothersource sent us a text message for another explanation: There is an offer "toogood to refuse" and Richard's mother and manager, Annabelle Rama, is seriouslyconsidering this.

LOT OF CHANGES. If ever, Richard'smove to ABS-CBN could spell a lot of changes, particularly sa Kapamilyanetwork, home of several matinee idols from the superstars Piolo Pascual, JohnLloyd Cruz, Sam Milby, Diether Ocampo, and Jericho Rosales to the upcoming oneslike Jake Cuenca and Gerald Anderson. They will all have to give way to theking of GMA-7 primetime.

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Ikalawa, KC will nolonger be partnered to anyone but to Richard habang may side possibility paring mag-reunion ang dating magka-love team na sina Richard at Angel. Puwedenang matuloy ang Richard-KC movie solely produced by Star Cinema, unless hindipa tapos ni Richard ang kanyang GMA Films contract which is all together separatefrom his expiring GMA network contract.

On the GMA-7 side naman,Richard's departure, if ever, could be a gain to the other leading men ofKapuso network, ‘tulad nang nangyari noon sa pag-alis ni Angel at sa pag-angatni Marian Rivera.

Richard's possiblemove will also definitely affect the other wards of Ms. Rama, tulad nina JC deVera na may guaranteed contract din and sisters Ehra and Michelle Madrigalwho just recently signed up with GMA-7 but on a per show contract. This hashappened sa mga alaga ni Becky Aguila noon nang inilipat niya si Angel saABS-CBN.

But then, at present,walang gustong ma-quote directly kung may ganito ngang scenario na nangyayari. Although another source is very firm sa sagot niya, "Hindi ililipat niAnnabelle si Richard sa ABS. Gagawa ng paraan ang GMA para hindimakawala sa kanila si Richard, just like what they did noon kay RegineVelasquez."


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