Atty. Felipe Gozon on Sarah Lahbati’s "guaranteed protection" claim: "She did not ask for protection and I did not guarantee that I will protect her."

Binigyang linaw ni GMA Chairman at CEO Atty. Felipe Gozon ang sinabi ni Sarah Lahbati na binigyan diumano niya ito ng “guaranteed protection” kung magbibigay siya ng impormasyon tungkol sa referrals na ginagawa ng ilang GMA Artist Center executives sa ICONS. Ani Atty. Gozon sa ipinadalang statement ng GMA-7: “She did not ask for protection and I did not guarantee that I will protect her. I cannot protect anyone who is not telling the truth.”


Hindi pa rin natatapos ang gusot sa pagitan ng GMA-7 at ng Kapuso talent na si Sarah Lahbati dahil patuloy na nadagdagan ang mga istorya tungkol dito.

Ang pinakahuling kaganapan nga ay ang pagsasampa ni GMA Films President Annette Gozon-Abrogar ng kasong libel laban kay Sarah.

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Pero bago ito ay naglabas ng mahaba at detalyadong statement ang Kapuso network noong January 9 upang isa-isang sagutin ang mga alegasyon ni Sarah—mula sa "walk out" incident, "under the table" deals, "unpaid" talent fee, "unfair treatment," at "one-side story" ng isyung ito.

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Kinagabihan ay muling sumagot si Sarah, sa pamamagitan pa rin ng kanyang Twitter account, sa mga inilabas na pahayag ng Kapuso network.

Dito’y muling pinasaringan ng young actress si Annette: “Why can’t you give a statement about your involvement in ICONS management company dealing with GMA? We have all the paperworks and proof...”

Kaugnay nito ay sinabi ni Sarah na binigyan daw siya ng "guaranteed protection" ng mismong chairman at CEO ng GMA-7 na si Atty. Felipe L. Gozon kung sasabihin niya ang lahat ng detalye sa kanyang alegasyon.

Pero nag-iba na raw ang takbo ng istorya nang maibaling ang sisi kay Annette, anak ni Atty. Gozon.

Sabi ni Sarah, “I was even guaranteed protection by Mr. [Felipe] Gozon if I tell every detail, but when the blame pointed towards Anette, it became a different story.”

Sa banta naman na sasampahan siya ng kaso, buwelta ni Sarah: “I should be the one filing a case against GMA Artist Center, I finished filming two movies and didn’t get paid, I still have collectible cheques from guesting in different shows and out of town shows since 2010 that are UNPAID."

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GMA-7’S CLARIFICATIONS. Ngayong hapon, Enero 10, ay nagpadala ang GMA-7 sa PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) ng statement, via e-mail, upang sagutin ang mga bagong pahayag ni Sarah.

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Una’y nilinaw ng network na: “GMA News has fairly aired both Sarah’s tweets and the Network’s statements thus she cannot accuse anyone of using the Network’s News Department to make her image look bad.”

Sinagot din ng GMA-7 ang mga pahayag ni Sarah tungkol kay Atty. Annette Gozon-Abrogar:

“Atty. Annette Gozon-Abrogar reiterates that she never asked or referred Sarah to ICONS for a co-management contract.

“According to Atty. Gozon-Abrogar, ’The only referral to ICONS that was ever made was for branding assistance, not for co-management, in order to get more endorsements.’”

Nilinaw rin ng GMA-7 na noon pang isang taon pinaimbestigahan ang alegasyon ni Sarah na diumanoy “under the table” deals sa pagitan ng ilang GMA Artist Center executives at ICONS.

Ayon sa statement, “Sarah also mentioned about ’fixing these issues privately’ with GMA management. Sarah submitted her complaints last November 2012, which was promptly and thoroughly investigated by the Network. After the investigation, however, Sarah’s allegations were found baseless.”

Sinagot din ng Kapuso network ang pagdadawit ng young actress sa pangalan ni Atty. Gozon.

“In reference to her tweet saying ’… I was even guaranteed protection by Mr. Gozon if I tell every detail, but when the blame pointed towards Anette, it became a different story…,’ Atty. Felipe L. Gozon clarifies that what he said to Sarah and her mother was that he was grateful to them for sharing the details about the ICONS referral issue.”

Wika ni Atty. Gozon, na nakalagay sa ipinadalang statement sa PEP, “She did not ask for protection and I did not guarantee that I will protect her.

"I cannot protect anyone who is not telling the truth.’”



GMA-7’S STATEMENT. Narito ang kabuuang statement ng GMA-7:

“Sarah mentioned ’It has been three days since Ms Annette Gozon Abrogar uses GMA news to bombard me and make my image look bad.’ GMANetwork categorically denies this. GMA News has fairly aired both Sarah’s tweets and the Network’s statements thus she cannot accuse anyone of using the Network’s News Department to make her image look bad.

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“Sarah added, ’Why can’t you give a statement about your involvement in ICONS management company dealing with GMA?’ Atty. Annette Gozon-Abrogar reiterates that she never asked or referred Sarah to ICONS for a co-management contract.

“According to Atty. Gozon-Abrogar, ’The only referral to ICONS that was ever made was for branding assistance, not for co-management, in order to get more endorsements.’

“Sarah also mentioned about ’fixing these issues privately’ with GMA management. Sarah submitted her complaints last November 2012, which was promptly and thoroughly investigated by the Network. After the investigation, however, Sarah’s allegations were found baseless.

“Further, as stated in the Network’s statement yesterday, January 9, ’The Network found no proof of her allegation that there was an ‘under the table’ deal between GMAAC and ICONS Management. The Network has a policy of prohibiting and penalizing any such ‘under the table’ deal between any of its executives and employees and others dealing with the Network. This policy is strictly enforced and implemented.’

“In reference to her tweet saying ’… I was even guaranteed protection by Mr. Gozon if I tell every detail, but when the blame pointed towards Anette, it became a different story…,’ Atty. Felipe L. Gozon clarifies that what he said to Sarah and her mother was that he was grateful to them for sharing the details about the ICONS referral issue.

“Atty. Gozon, contrary to what Sarah is now claiming in her tweets, never guaranteed them protection, ’She did not ask for protection and I did not guarantee that I will protect her. I cannot protect anyone who is not telling the truth.’”


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