Ogie Alcasid on rumors of Regine Velasquez's transfer: "Huwag natin pangunahan."

by Elyas Isabelo Salanga
Feb 24, 2008
Upon his arrival from Bangkok, Thailand, StarTalk was able to ask singer-songwriter Ogie Alcasid (right) his opinions about girlfriend Regine Velasquez's (left) rumored transfer to ABS-CBN and his annulment case with Michelle Van Eimeren.

Singer-actors and real-life sweethearts Ogie Alcasid and Regine Velasquez flew to Bangkok, Thailand, last Tuesday, February 18, for Ogie's shows and belated Valentine treat for Regine and her family.

StarTalk was able to meet up with Ogie when he arrived at the airport alone last Friday, February 22, to attend to his duty as a Pinoy Idol judge. Updates on the Bangkok trip, as well as his opinion on Regine's rumored plans of transferring to ABS-CBN, were generously given out by the tired but accommodating artist.

"Enjoy kami," mused Ogie. "First time namin dalawa sa Bangkok, kasi hindi kami talaga nakapag-celebrate dahil nag-work ako. Pero ito talaga regalo ko [trip to Bangkok] sa kanya [Regine]."

News has it that the annulment case between him and Michelle Van Eimeren was finally granted. Ogie, however, denied this.

"Huwag natin pangunahan ang hustisya," he said politely. "In fact, I can't really talk about it. I really can't comment about it."

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Changing the subject, StarTalk asked for Ogie's reaction to Regine's plan to move to the Kapamilya network.

"Ako kasi, ayaw ko pangunahan si Regine sa mga bagay na ‘yan," Ogie said. "Kasi, career niya ‘yan, e. I don't think it's right that I answer for her. So, hintayin na lang na si Regine mismo ang magsalita. Basta hindi puwede siyang pangunahan."

When asked how he is taking these transfer rumors, Ogie said, "Halata naman sa damdamin ko kung ano ang gusto ko, di ba? Kung napanood n'yo ang SOP [last Sunday]. Pero katulad ng sinasabi ko lagi, ‘Kung ano man ang decision ni Regine, suportado ko siya.'"

As a parting remark, he said, "Huwag na natin pangunahan si Regine. Antayin natin si Regine mismo ang magsalita. Kung anuman ang ispekulasyon, o mga haka-haka tungkol sa mga pangyayari, e, huwag natin pangunahan yung tao kasi hindi naman natin alam yung totoo."

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GMA-7's OFFICIAL STATEMENT. Senior Vice-President for Entertainment TV Wilma Galvante sent a statement to finally end speculation about Regine transferring to ABS-CBN. It read:

"GMA Network Inc. values Regine Velasquez as an exceptional and professional artist. It is true that in the past several weeks, there have been continuous discussions and negotiations between Regine, her manager, Cacai, and the officers of the network. We are thankful that at this point there is now a more open communication and clear-cut projects to suit both the network's programming and Regine's schedules."

In short, there's a bigger chance Regine will remain a Kapuso.

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Upon his arrival from Bangkok, Thailand, StarTalk was able to ask singer-songwriter Ogie Alcasid (right) his opinions about girlfriend Regine Velasquez's (left) rumored transfer to ABS-CBN and his annulment case with Michelle Van Eimeren.
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