Actress Sarah Lahbati sues GMA-7 exec for perjury

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MANILA, Philippines — Actress Sarah Lahbati on Monday filed a perjury complaint against an executive of GMA Network Inc. at the Makati prosecutor’s office.

Accompanied by her lawyer, Lahbati executed an affidavit at the prosecutor’s office saying Anna Teresa Gozon-Abrogar, one of the directors of GMA Network Inc., her employer, issued “untruthful allegations” in the libel complaint against her.

In a six-page complaint-affidavit, Lahbati, 19, a talent of GMA, said Gozon-Abrogar, the daughter of the CEO of the TV network, made a false statement when she said the actress and her mother were the “ones who insisted that she be given more endorsements and more assistance in branding and imaging.”

“This is not true! I never knew Icons until she and Arsenio Baltazar II, the head of the TDMD (Talent, Development Management Department) told me about it in a meeting they called for in Friday’s restaurant in Tomas Morato, Quezon City sometime in late December 2011 or first week of January of 2012,” Lahbati said.

Last week, Lahbati came back to the Philippines after a six-month hiatus in Geneva, Switzerland, to face the charges leveled against her, including the libel suit filed at the Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 59, which later issued an arrest warrant.

The young actress on Friday posted a P10,000 bail.

The libel complaint against Lahbati stemmed from her supposed defamatory statements in the micro-blogging site Twitter.

If the court rules favorably to Lahbati in the perjury case, the libel complaint filed against her by Gozon-Abrogar is expected to weaken.

The actress’ legal counsel Marie Glenda Abraham said their camp has been preparing to file a motion to quash the libel complaint before the arraignment set on August 22.

Abraham argued that the Republic Act 10175, otherwise known as Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, which penalizes Internet libel, has been suspended through the Temporary Restraining Order issued by the Supreme Court.

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  • Political Jaywalker

    Lahbati should have filed a libel case too against Gonzon-Abrogar instead of just perjury because no one really takes perjury seriously. It is just right that she return the favor against Gozon-Abrigar, that way both parties will experience the stupidity of the criminalized libel law and of course the warrant of arrest that comes with it, hehehe.

  • Weder-Weder Lang

    The Gozons are intsik. No wonder Annette is so switik.

    • spider69

      agree,,,,,,,100%. ang China pilit inaangkin ang isla na malapit at katabi ng Palawan. ano ang tawag,,eh di switik at swapang.

  • mynnyx

    i boycott na lang ang GMA 7 para tumahimik na si Gozon-Abrogar………..

    • Milesaway

      Please don’t my kids enjoy watching Ryza Mae show and we don’t care about this issue.

  • ThudOthwacker

    Typical Annabelle tactics. I won’t be surprise if she file another one in Cebu.

  • esquireltd

    an actress should learn how to honour a contract and stop complaining and forward allegations using the internet while you’re still employed by the network. this is just a retaliatory case against gozon. its only the lawyers who will benefit from this brouhaha. si anabelle ala magawa talaga pala away tapos makiki pagayos naman

  • Si Lito Ako

    This girl is brave and she has a brain……she can talk sensibly….

  • M C

    As I have always maintained, the case filed by Ms. Anna Teresa was just a face-saving gimmick out to deflate the truth that Ms. Sarah have decried thru the net. However, eventually, lawyers will amicably settle the issue and Ms. Sarah will come out the “winner” in terms of having more exposures and endorsements as well as more projects. Ms. Anna Teresa does not seem to understand the dynamics of the “underdog”. Surely, Ms. Sarah seem to know how to play her cards well.

  • wishfull thinking

    Anu ba ang kahihinatnan ng issue na ito? Magiging pagalingan na lang ito ng mga attorney at kung hanggang saan ang kayang marating ng pera! Para sakin…siguro sana naging humble na lang muna si Lahbati habang di pa sya gaanong sikat…until super sikat na sya…then malakas na ang laban nya. Marami naman sa mga artista I think ang nakakaranas ng mas malala pa na sitwasyon sa kanilang studio pero tiniis nila at ngayon ay mga sikat na sila at di na naloloko. In fairness kay Lahbati…malamang may tama sa sinasabi nya…pero ika nga…dont bite the hand that feeds you…dahil matatakot na ang mga studio na kunin ka pa dahil nga….nangangagat ka! ehehe!


      exactly.. hayaan mo na lang para maturuan ng leksyon.. maswerte pa nga sya pera2x lang problema nya.. ganun din gawain kahit sa ibang bansa, mas malala pa minsan.. just read the news about mga artista sa south korea, india, even sa US.. yung iba nga jan nagsuicide na dahil di matanggap ang nangyari sa kanila

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