Nanggaling na mismo kay Derek Ramsay na priority niya pa rin ang manatili sa TV5 kapag natapos na ang kanyang kontrata rito sa April 2018.
Kung sakali, pangalawang renewal of contract na ito ni Derek sa TV5.
Nauna siyang nag-renew noong 2015 at pumirma ulit ng panibagong three-year contract makaraang matapos ang una niyang three-year contract.
Ayon sa aktor, “Priority is always TV5.
“When my first contract expired two and a half years ago, priority is always TV5.
“If they feel they still need me, they’ll have me.
“I will not open my doors to anything else until I have spoken with my network.
“And my network will let me know if they still need my services.”
Patuloy ni Derek, “Will I be affected if they say, ‘Derek, we got to let you go?’
“No, because I have a great five and a half years here.
“I still have half a year more with TV5 and I will be as committed to the network. That’s just who I am.
“Once I know what the network plans for me, then I will open my doors to other opportunities.
“I know, the network might be open to me maybe not as an artista, maybe to join and be behind the camera, maybe something like that. We don’t know.
“But for now, my commitment is to my network, and I think I have proven that to everyone out there.
“My network always tells me that they are proud of me and that they always tell me that I’ve always been loyal.
“That’s why I love this network because they always continue supporting me, communication is great, and we never had problems.
“So, how can I make tampo or be disappointed with the network who always gives me projects that I love?”
LOYAL TO TV5. Aware daw si Derek na maraming talents ng TV5 ang umaalis na sa network at lumilipat ng ibang istasyon.
Pero siya raw ay mananatiling loyal sa Kapatid network.
“You see it, right? It’s slowly happening that everyone is leaving.
“I mean, it’s sad, but everybody has their reasons.
“I don’t want to jump into their relationship with the network. That’s their business.
“But from what I know with my relationship with the network, it’s been great.”
Sa ngayon daw ay wala namang formal offer na natatanggap si Derek mula sa ibang network.
“There’s hearsay or magsasabi na, ‘Dito ka na,’ ganyan-ganyan. Pero nothing yung seryoso.”
Nakausap ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) at iba pang press si Derek sa grand presscon ng pinagbibidahan niyang bagong TV5 miniseries sa ilalim ng award-winning director na si Brillante Mendoza, ang Amo.
Ginanap ang presscon nitong Martes, Hulyo 25, sa Seda Vertis North Hotel sa Quezon City.
Dumalo rin dito si Direk Brillante at ang iba pang cast members ng Amo na sina Allen Dizon, Mara Lopez, Alvin Anson, Vince Rillon, at marami pang iba.
Present din sa event ang TV5 CEO and President na si Chot Reyes kasama ang TV5 executives na sina Mell Yazon-Tolentino at Lloyd Manaloto.
COACH CHOT REACTS. Samantala, hiningan naman ng reaksiyon ng PEP ang head executive ng TV5 na si Chot Reyes tungkol sa naging pahayag ni Derek na priority nito ang TV5.
Saad niya, “Of course, we’re very happy. But we understand also that it’s a business, di ba?
“I mean, we want to keep him, he wants to stay.
“But in the end, we both know that it’s a business.
“Yun ang maganda sa relationship namin ni Derek, we’re very honest with each other, we’re very open.
“Obviously, we want to do the things that will be beneficial for both of us.
“Pero malaking bagay na yung starting point, gusto namin siya at gusto niyang mag-stay, I think that’s very important.
“So, we’ll see what happens. Mayroon pa naman hanggang end of the year.
“We’ll cross the bridge when we get there.”
Sa presscon, sinabi ni Coach Chot na si Derek ay good representation ng TV5 bilang isang sports and entertainment channel.
Sa pronouncement niyang ito, ibig sabihin ba, handa na rin silang i-renew ang contract ni Derek next year?
Tugon niya, “We’re really very open.
“Like I said, bagay na bagay siya sa positioning ng istasyon.
“So, hopefully we have the capacity to renew him.”
Nalulungkot ba siyang marami nang talents ng TV5 ang umaalis at lumilipat sa ibang network?
“Oo, ganun talaga e. Ganun talaga ang kalakaran sa negosyo natin.
“So, it’s part of the business, ika nga.
“Ang puwede lang namin gawin is to focus with what we have and who’s here.
“Hindi na namin puwedeng isipin yung mga nawala,” pahayag ni Coach Chot.