GMA-7 answers Sarah Lahbati’s latest allegations: “The Network will not simply allow her to walk away from her contract."

GMA Network issued the following statement: "Sarah Lahbati is evidently beclouding the real issue—which is whether or not she indeed violated her contract with GMA Network. Her decision to go on leave, despite the Network’s disapproval, is a violation of her contract with the Network. And her declared trip to Switzerland for an indefinite period, without the prior consent and approval of the Network, will be an additional violation of her contract."


Muling sinagot ng GMA Network Inc. ang mga tweet na inilabas ni Sarah Lahbati ngayong umaga, Enero 7.

Kaugnay pa rin ito ng sigalot ng Kapuso talent sa GMA Artist Center, ang talent management division ng GMA-7 kunsaan nakakontrata si Sarah hanggang 2015.

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Ito ang kabuuang statement ng Kapuso network:

"Sarah Lahbati is evidently beclouding the real issue—which is whether or not she indeed violated her contract with GMA Network.

“Her decision to go on leave, despite the Network’s disapproval, is a violation of her contract with the Network.

“And her declared trip to Switzerland for an indefinite period, without the prior consent and approval of the Network, will be an additional violation of her contract.

“Further, despite the rejection of her leave, she ceased to honor her commitments with the Network including her being part of Party Pilipinas.

“Under the provisions of her contract with the Network, specifically Paragraphs 1.3 and 1.4, it is clearly stated that the ‘artist shall perform the role and appear in the television programs, projects and events assigned to her, and conscientiously fulfill faithfully and promptly any and all engagements/booking contracted to her by GMA.’

“The supposed referral by some of the Network executives to ICONS Management was again mentioned in Sarah’s tweets.

“The Network reiterates its earlier statement that it has not authorized any such referrals and that concrete actions have already been taken to address this issue.

“In her tweets, Sarah is also asking to be released from her contract with the Network.

“In the same way that a contract requires the mutual consent of the two parties, there cannot also be a unilateral cancellation of the contract by Sarah alone.

“The Network has invested heavily on Sarah, being a home-grown exclusive talent and considered as one of GMA’s priority stars.

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“The Network will not simply allow her to walk away from her contract.

“Sarah also accused GMA of making ‘a one-sided story about what’s happening.’

“She added that she was never asked by H.O.T. TV, which first aired the Network’s statement yesterday, January 6, for her side of the story.

“There is absolutely no truth to this. H.O.T. TV, thru its researcher Malou Santiago, contacted Sarah’s handler, Monica Carla Sevillano, who, in turn, coordinated with Sarah to get her side before the story was aired.

“Unfortunately, HOT TV did not receive any response from Sarah."

Sa naunang statement ng GMA-7 ay sinagot din nila ang tungkol sa pagwu-walkout diumano ni Sarah sa taping ng upcoming epicserye na Indio.

“Sa kanyang mga tweet ay binanggit ni Sarah na umalis siya sa taping ng Indio dahil sa kanyang scheduled guesting sa Eat Bulaga, ang top-rating noontime show ng GMA, noong November 10, subalit hindi naging bahagi ng episode si Sarah noong November 10.

“Napanood po siya sa nasabing programa noong November 24, dalawang linggo pagkatapos ng nasabing ‘walkout incident.’"



CONTRACT TERMINATED. Samantala, ipinadala ni Annabelle Rama sa PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) ang kopya ng Termination of Co-Management Contract nila ni Sarah.

Si Annabelle ang tagapamahala ng Royal Era Entertainment & Artist Management, kunsaan pumirma ng kontrata si Sarah.

Ang pagpapadala ng kopya ni Annabelle ng kopya ng Termination of Co-Management Contract sa PEP ay bilang sagot sa isang official statement ng GMA Network Inc.

Nakasaad sa statement, na lumabas ngayong umaga, na kapwa sila idedemanda ni Sarah kung hindi nila pawawalan ng bisa ang kanilang kontrata.

“Sarah, who is exclusively managed by the Network, earlier signed a co-management contract with Royal Era Entertainment & Artist Management, the talent management company of Annabelle Rama, the mother of Sarah’s current boyfriend, Richard Gutierrez. Such act violated the terms of her contract with the Network. The Network would have had no choice but to sue Sarah and Royal Era Entertainment for the said breach if they refused to rescind said co-management contract.”

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Nakalagay sa Termination of Co-Management Contract na pumirma si Sarah ng kontrata sa Royal Artist Management Inc. noong November 2.

Nawalan ito ng saysay noong November 27, 2012.

“Whereas, the parties made and executed a Co-Management Contract on 02 November 2012 and subscribed the same under oath before Notary Public Derrick G. Delegencia, who entered the same in his Notarial Registry as Doc. No.33, Page 8, Book No, XII, Series of 2012. A copy of said Co-Management Contract is attached herewith as Annex ‘A.’

“Whereas, the parties decided to terminate, cancel and rescind said Co-Management Agreement.

“Now therefore, upon the execution of this Agreement, the parties hereby mutually TERMINATE, CANCEL AND RESCIND the Co-Management Contract dated 02 November 2012 and the parties mutually release one another from their respective obligations under the said Co-Management Contract."

Pinabulaanan ni Annabelle ang mga haka-haka na siya ang nagsulsol at nag-impluwensya kay Sarah na magsalita.

Hindi raw ang tipo ni Sarah at ng nanay nito ang madidiktahan ng mga dapat gawin at sabihin.

“Mas matalino pa nga sa akin ang nanay ni Sarah,” pahayag ni Annabelle sa PEP.


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