Sarah Lahbati on issue with GMA-7: "I feel like I am fighting a giant when all I’m doing is telling the truth.”

Muling naglabas ng kanyang saloobin si Sarah Lahbati tungkol sa naging statement ng GMA-7 sa desisyon niyang bumalik sa Switzerland upang mag-aral at sa sinasabing “walk out” incident niya sa isang Kapuso fantasy show. Bagamat mayroong sama ng loob, sa huli ay sinabi ng aktres: “This is getting out of hand. I will be quiet & stay quiet. I’ve said my piece. At the end of the day, all I want is what’s best for me & GMA.&rdq


“I NEVER WALKED OUT”

Ito ang mariing sinabi ni Sarah Lahbati sa kanyang Twitter account ngayong araw, Enero 4.

Nagsimula si Sarah na maglabas ng kanyang saloobin bandang alas-onse ng umaga hanggang pasado alas-dose nitong tanghali.

Ito ay kaugnay sa lumabas na statement ng GMA-7 dito sa PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) tungkol sa sinabi ni Sarah na pansamantala siyang aalis ng bansa at tungkol sa pagpirma niya ng kontrata sa Royale Artist na pinamumunuan ni Annabelle Rama.

Si Annabelle ang ina ng boyfriend ni Sarah na si Richard Gutierrez.

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Nilinaw ng GMA Network, sa pamamagitan ng e-mail na ipinadala ni Angel Javier, assistant vice president ng corporate communications department ng GMA-7, na ang ginawang ito ni Sarah ay paglabag sa kanyang pinirmahang kontrata.

“Her leave of absence was also disapproved by management because of her pending obligations (i.e. Party Pilipinas, on-going promos and other endorsement commitments).

“However, on the evening of Jan 2, she tweeted that she will be going to Switzerland to study, despite the disapproval given to her last December on taking a leave.

“This is in violation of her contract, because she has to perform and appear in programs and events assigned to her, and make herself available to faithfully and promptly fulfill all engagements contracted for her by GMA.”

Nabanggit din sa statement ang diumano’y “issue” nila sa young actress.

“At the same time, she has yet to address the issue of her walking out during taping, which caused the production team to pack-up, and incur an additional cost of 500k.

“She is therefore, currently under investigation and the network is still studying on what actions to take.”

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WALKOUT INCIDENT. Ikinuwento ni Sarah sa kanyang account (@SarahLahbati) ang kanyang panig sa sinasabing “walk out” incident sa isang show.

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Ito pa nga ang sinasabing dahilan para ma-“pack-up” ang production at “[to] incur an additional cost of 500k.”

Narito ang posts ng aktres:

“This supposedly "walk out" incident happened during a taping of a fantasy show where I am required to show skin and wear a costume.

"My call time was at 5pm in Subic & I arrived at 4pm, I knew that we will be doing a lot of fight scenes that day and I wanted to be there early.

"When I arrived on set the producers asked me to change to my costume & do my makeup right away because it will be my turn to shoot soon,so I did prepare and changed to my costume.

"After I got ready I told the PA of the show that I’m ready anytime, that’s when they told me that my scene was moved and they will shoot me right after dinner, but after dinner they decided to shoot my scene at 4am...

"From 5pm to about 4am I waited and did my major fight scene that finished around 5am...”

Ang tinutukoy na "fantasy show" ni Sarah ay ang Indio, na pinagbibidahan ni Senator Bong Revilla.

Patuloy ng StarStruck alumna, “GMA Artist Center decided to book me for opening of EAT BULAGA the following day which required me to be in the studio at 8am to do hair, makeup and rehearse the production number.

"I never walked out, I told the producers and p.a that I need to go because I still had to travel back to Manila from Subic and be at Eat Bulaga studio by 8am.

"I tried asking help from my handler to fix the schedule but my handler was not answering at that time.

"I did not leave the set, I waited for the producers to say that I can leave...”

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Giit niya: “I had permission to leave.”



ICONS ISSUE. Matapos linawin ang “walk out” issue, iginiit ni Sarah na tila nagiging “on the offensive” ang Kapuso network matapos niyang tumanggi na pumirma ng kontrata sa ICONS.

Ang ICONS ang talent management company na pinamumunuan ni Bebong Muñoz, ang ex-boyfriend ng singer-actress na si Jolina Magdangal at matalik na kaibigan ng GMA Films president na si Annette Gozon.

Saad ni Sarah, “All the chaos started to happen when I declined to be part of ICONS management...

“A top executive of the network once promised me stardom if I sign a contract with ICONS management, just because I didn’t sign this is what I get.

"I am not treated well and I haven’t been treated well. In layman’s term, "I’m treated like SH*T"”



GMA-7 STILL OWES HER MONEY. Kung sinabi ng GMA-7 na dahil kay Sarah ay naglabas ng karagdagang P500,000 ang produksyong kinabibilangan niya, buwelta naman ng young actress, ang Kapuso network ang may utang sa kanya.

Hindi pa raw kasi siya binabayaran sa ginawa niyang horror-thriller film noong isang taon, ang Basement, kung saan nakasama niya sina Enzo Pineda at Louise delos Reyes.

Dagdag pa ni Sarah, makailang beses nang tinanong ng kanyang ina sa handler niya kung nasaan na ang bayad para sa pelikulang iyon. Ngunit hindi raw sila sinasagot nito.

“I deserve better, I worked hard and never complained, but there’s only so much I can take from all this bullying.

"I don’t owe GMA any money, in fact they still owe me. I finished filming a movie called Basement under GMA films, we started around August-early Sept...

“We would shoot the movie for about 16 hours or more, we’ve been done since mid November, until now I still haven’t been paid—not even a down payment.

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"My mother asked my handler many times regarding the payment and until now there is no reply.”

Pahabol pa niya, “I feel like I am fighting a giant when all I’m doing is telling the truth.”



JUST A ROOKIE. Nagbigay rin ng pahayag si Sarah para sa mga tao na nagbibigay ng kani-kanilang komento tungkol sa nangyayari sa kanyang career.

Alam niya raw na maraming nagsasabi na “rookie” o baguhan pa lamang siya sa industriya, ngunit kanya lamang daw dinedepensahan ang sarili.

“I know that there’s a lot people out there who doesn’t understand what I’m going through... People are saying na bakit ako nagrereklamo... baka lumaki na ang ulo ko at yumabang...

"Hindi po ako nag rereklamo, bakit naman ako magyayabang? Wala naman akong ipagyayabang.

“Hindi ako sikat. I know my status in this industry. I’m just a rookie who loves my craft... I have been accused and mistreated...

“I am forced to fight back and defend myself with the truth. I know that God sees all things...”

Sa huli, sinabi ni Sarah hindi na siya muling magsasalita tungkol sa isyung ito, at umaasa siyang matatapos na ang isyung ito sa pagitan nila ng GMA-7.

“This is getting out of hand. I will be [quiet] & stay quiet. I’ve said my piece.

"At the end of the day, all I want is what’s best for me & GMA.

“Thank you to everyone who’s showing their love and support...”

GMA NETWORK’S REPLY. Narito naman ang maikling pahayag ng GMA-7 kaugnay sa mga bagong tweets ni Sarah:

"1. GMA maintains its position that Sarah Lahbati violated her contract with the network.

"2. The walk-out incident from a taping of Sarah Lahbati is still being investigated. We welcome Sarah’s denial that she walked out from that taping and her denial will expedite the action(s) we will take depending on the result of our investigation because there will no longer be any need to ask her to explain.

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"3. We are not going to comment at this time on the other statements of Sarah Lahbati that has no relevance to the violation of her contract with GMA.

"4. Sarah Lahbati was discovered by the network and is a homegrown talent developed, trained, and promoted by the network."

Samantala, isang taga-production ng GMA-7 ang nagpatotoo, sa pamamagitan din ng Twitter, na nag-walk out nga si Sarah sa "fantasy show" na tinutukoy ng young actress.



SARAH’S TWEETS. Narito ang sunud-sunod na posts ni Sarah sa kanyang Twitter account ngayong araw, Enero 4.

“I just read the official statement of Gma against me. It’s stated there that they are still investigating if I should pay 500k because the taping got packed up "because of me".

"I just want to make it clear that I NEVER WALKED OUT in any of my work even if they are making me work for more than 24hrs in my past show.

"This supposedly "walk out" incident happened during a taping of a fantasy show where I am required to show skin and wear a costume.

"My call time was at 5pm in Subic & I arrived at 4pm, I knew that we will be doing a lot of fight scenes that day and I wanted to be there early. When I arrived on set the producers asked me to change to my costume & do my makeup right away because it will be my turn to shoot soon,so I did prepare and changed to my costume.

"After I got ready I told the PA of the show that I’m ready anytime, that’s when they told me that my scene was moved and they will shoot me right after dinner, but after dinner they decided to shoot my scene at 4am...

"From 5pm to about 4am I waited and did my major fight scene that finished around 5am...

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“GMA Artist Center decided to book me for opening of EAT BULAGA the following day which required me to be in the studio at 8am to do hair, makeup and rehearse the production number.

"I never walked out, I told the producers and p.a that I need to go because I still had to travel back to Manila from Subic and be at Eat Bulaga studio by 8am.

"I tried asking help from my handler to fix the schedule but my handler was not answering at that time.

"I did not leave the set, I waited for the producers to say that I can leave... I had permission to leave.

’This is the complete truth, for the people that are saying I walked out, I didn’t, and I’m sure if you were in my position you will also talk to the producers to say that you cannot continue.

"I don’t know why this issue got out of hand and why Gma is all of a sudden on the offensive. All the chaos started to happen when I declined to be part of ICONS management...

“A top executive of the network once promised me stardom if I sign a contract with ICONS management, just because I didn’t sign this is what I get.

"I am not treated well and I haven’t been treated well. In layman’s term, "I’m treated like SH*T"

“I deserve better, I worked hard and never complained, but there’s only so much I can take from all this bullying. I don’t owe GMA any money, in fact they still owe me.

"I finished filming a movie called Basement under GMA films, we started around August-early sept... We would shoot the movie for about 16 hours or more, we’ve been done since mid November, until now I still haven’t been paid... not even a down payment.

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"My mother asked my handler many times regarding the payment and until now there is no reply.

“I feel like I am fighting a giant when all I’m doing is telling the truth.

“I know that there’s a lot people out there who doesn’t understand what I’m going through... People are saying na bakit ako nagrereklamo... baka lumaki na ang ulo ko at yumabang...

"Hindi po ako nag rereklamo, bakit naman ako magyayabang? Wala naman akong ipagyayabang.

“Hindi ako sikat. I know my status in this industry. I’m just a rookie who loves my craft... I have been accused and mistreated...

"I am forced to fight back and defend myself with the truth. I know that God sees all things...

“This is getting out of hand. I will be quite & stay quiet. I’ve said my piece. At the end of the day, all I want is what’s best for me & GMA

“Thank you to everyone who’s showing their love and support...”


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