Nag-file ng “motion for the cancellation and forfeiture of the P10,000 bail” last July 25 sa Branch 59 ng Makati RTC ang mga abogado ni GMA Films President Annette Gozon-Abrogar laban kay Sarah Lahbati.
Sa statement na ipinadala ng GMA Corporate Communications sa managing editor ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) ngayong araw, July 27, ang sinasabing motion daw ay humihiling din sa korte na mag-issue ng warrant of arrest laban kay Sarah.
Ginawa raw ng mga abogado ni Abrogar ang nasabing hakbang matapos muling umalis ng bansa si Sarah last July 16, 2013 sakay ng PR 102 papuntang Los Angeles, apat na raw matapos siyang mag-piyansa sa korte.
Ang nasabing biyahe daw ni Sarah ay hindi ipinaalam sa korte.
Matatandaang noong May 20 ay naglabas ng order ang Makati RTC na may probable cause ang libel case na isinampa ni Abrogar laban kay Sarah kung saan nakasaad din dito ang halagang P10,000 bilang piyansa sa kanyang pansamantalang kalayaan.
Kasabay din dito ang pag-isyu ng korte ng warrant of arrest laban kay Lahbati.
Pero hindi nai-serve ang warrant of arrest laban kay Sarah dahil nasa Switzerland ito.
Bumalik ng bansa si Sarah last July 12 at kaagad itong nagpiyansa para sa kanyang libel case. Apat na araw ang lumipas, muling umalis ng Pilipinas si Sarah na walang pahintulot ng korte.
Ayon pa sa statement, nakasaad daw sa Section 23 ng Rules of Criminal Procedure na, “An accused released on bail may be re-arrested without the necessity of a warrant if he attempts to depart from the Philippines without permission of the court where the case is pending.”
Narito ang kabuuan ng statement na ipinadala ng GMA Corporate Communications:
The lawyers of GMA Films President Anna Teresa G. Abrogar filed a motion for the cancellation and forfeiture of the P10,000 bail posted by GMA talent Sarah Lahbati with Branch 59 of the Regional Trial Court of Makati last July 25.
The motion, which had the conformity of Asst. City Prosecutor Dalig, likewise sought the issuance of a warrant of arrest against the controversial actress.
This after Lahbati once again left the country on board flight PR 102 bound for Los Angeles on July 16, just four days after the approval of her bail, without seeking prior permission from the Court.
The Makati RTC issued an order on May 20 finding probable cause to sustain the filing of a libel case against Lahbati. The order simultaneously fixed a P10,000 bail for her provisional liberty and issued a warrant of arrest against her.
But the warrant of arrest was not served to Lahbati because she left the country for Switzerland soon after the filing of the complaint-affidavit for libel against her.
On July 12, Lahbati returned to Manila and immediately posted bail. Four days after, Lahbati again left the country without the Court’s permission.
Under Section 23 of the Rules of Criminal Procedure, “an accused released on bail may be re-arrested without the necessity of a warrant if he attempts to depart from the Philippines without permission of the court where the case is pending.”