Lahbati blasts GMA7 on management of Kapuso artists


Sarah Lahbati

MANILA, Philippines–Actress Sarah Lahbati, who recently demanded for the revocation of her talent management contract with GMA7, has accused network executives of being involved in “under-the-table deals” in relation to the management of other Kapuso artists.

In her Twitter account posted on Jan. 7, the 19-year-old actress revealed that GMA Films president Annette Gozon-Abrogar and GMA Artist Center (GMAAC) head for talent management Arsi Baltazar have arranged a meeting with her to convince her to sign a contract with Icons, another talent management outfit headed by Bebong Muñoz and Andrew Dee.

“They promised me projects and endorsements. I don’t know why (they) wanted me to sign with another management company and get another 15 percent from my salary,” Lahbati said. GMAAC deducts 25 percent from the take-home pay of each of its talents.

Lahbati said she turned down the offer “because we didn’t know Muñoz and Dee, plus the deduction of 40 percent was too steep.” She said Abrogar and Baltazar told her that “a lot of artists from GMAAC already signed with the Icons company and they will be prioritized so I should do the same.”

The actress then said she opted to sign up with Royal Era Entertainment and Artist Management, owned by Annabelle Rama, mom to her boyfriend actor Richard Gutierrez. “This was because I know co-managing with a different company was allowed,” she explained. “Because of double bookings, a messed-up schedule and other unsolved issues, I needed proper management and protection with my career. That was why I asked for Tita Annabelle’s help.”

Lahbati said GMA7 has demanded that she revoke her contract with Rama “or else it will file a lawsuit against me. So why is that Icons Management can co-manage artists?”

For the issues she raised on Twitter, Lahbati was “evidently beclouding the real issue, which was whether or not she indeed violated her contract” with GMA 7, the network said in a statement sent to the Inquirer.

GMA 7 added that “it has not authorized any referrals (to Icons Management) and that concrete actions have already been taken to address the issue.”

The statement also said that Lahbati’s decision to go on leave “despite the network’s disapproval, is a violation of her contract… Her declared trip to Switzerland for an indefinite period, without the prior consent and approval of the network, will be an additional violation of her contract.”

On Jan. 2, Lahbati posted on Twitter that “because of all of this uncertainty and stress, my family and I decided that I go back to Switzerland and study there… This does not mean that I will be gone from the industry and craft that I love… Just a breather from all the chaos.”

The GMA 7 statement also pointed to Lahbati’s decision not to appear on “Party Pilipinas,” where she is a regular performer, as a cessation “to honor her commitments with the network.”

The statement stressed that “under the provisions of her contract, specifically paragraphs 1.3 and 1.4, it is clearly stated that the artist shall perform the role and appear in the television programs, projects and events assigned to her, and conscientiously fulfill faithfully and promptly any and all engagements/booking contracted to her by GMA7.”

“In her tweets, Sarah is also asking to be released from her contract with the network. In the same way that a contract requires the mutual consent of the two parties, there cannot also be a unilateral cancellation of the contract by Sarah alone,” the statement said.

The Kapuso network pointed out that it has “invested heavily on Sarah, being a home-grown exclusive talent and considered as one of GMA’s priority stars. (It) will not simply allow her to walk away from her contract.”

The network also denied Sarah’s claim that it aired “a one sided story about what’s happening” on the Sunday talk show “Hot TV.”

“There was absolutely no truth to this,” said the statement. GMA7 claimed that the show, through its researcher Malou Santiago, contacted Sarah’s handler, Monica Carla Sevillano to get her statement. The show, however “did not receive any response from Sarah.”


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  • akramgolteb

    Kawawang bata nagamit ni Annabelle Rama para guluhin ang GMA. 

    • Heartrob ng Pugad Baboy

      uuyyy may alam ka no?  :D

  • Mel

    To too pala mga sinabi ni Mo Twister about Rhian and GMA

  • Weder-Weder Lang

    Lumabas na rin sa wakas ang baho ng mga Gozon at GMA7. Mabuti naman at may naglakas loob para magsalita. Mabuti rin na may Switzerland pang mapagtataguan si Sara. Si Felipe Gozon nga willing na willing ibenta ang GMA7 kay Manny Pangilinan “at the right price and no risk to us”. Sa kabila ng public service na binabanggit ng mga Gozon, pawang panlilinlang din lang pala ang ginagawa niya sa mga empleyado nila. Palibhasa intsik din itong si Gozon, kaya di naiba kay Henry Sy. Unanong intsik na switik.

    • Heartrob ng Pugad Baboy

      Sabi ni Sarah sa twitter post niya, mabait daw si Felipe (“Attorney Felipe Gozon our big boss, who I only have good words for”).  

      Manny Pangilinan buys and sells business, that’s how he made his money.  He buys business(es), grow them, and them sell them for big profits.  With that being said, Mr Pangilinan was the one who wanted to buy GMA7.  Kung ikaw ang nililigawan, at alam mo na may maganda kang produkto, siempre yung presyo mo ang gusto mo (mas mataas) at di yung presyo ng bumibili (mas mababa).  

      Btw, the Gozon’s ain’t Chinese (Gozon doesn’t sound Chinese to me. They may have some Chinese blood in them base on how they look but they ain’t Chinese as like the Sy’s, Ang’s of the Philippines.

      • Weder-Weder Lang

        Ang bilis ng damage control ng GMA. Iisang interest lang naman ang pinangangatawanang interest ng unanong Gozon at anak nyang Gozon. Balatkayo lang yan si unano gozon. Nabuking na ang mga intsik switik na gozon.

      • paul

        hehe….naging katulong ka siguro ng intsik….hinding hindi mo makalimutang mga panahong naglilinis ka ng banyo..hugas ng pwet….okay lang yan baks..taya ka ng lotto…tambay ka ng abs baka kailangan nila extrang suicide bomber…btw, sina lopez ang may dugong intsik..katulong ka nga…

      • Weder-Weder Lang

        Ang bilis ng damage control ng mga Gozon ah. Wala, nabuking na kayo. Mga mapang-alipin ng intsik switik!

      • Allan

        you must be a spin doctor hired by the gozons.

      • Heartrob ng Pugad Baboy

        I wish (I am that good).

        All of those information are available via using your favorite search engine.  

    • Heartrob ng Pugad Baboy

      Anong “baho”?  That they are trying to maximize their profits?  ABS-CBN does it.  TV5 does it as well.  So does every business.  

      • Weder-Weder Lang

        Ever heard of the fourth estate?

      • Heartrob ng Pugad Baboy

        Yes but I haven’t heard that term used in the Philippines or at least attributed to a Philippine media/news organization.  In any case, how does that applies to your “baho” accusation?

      • Weder-Weder Lang

        Maximize profit at the expense of public duty as a fourth estate. Yan si unanong gozon. Yan ang baho ng mga katulad nyang intsik switik.

      • Heartrob ng Pugad Baboy

        Straw or should I say, Aunt Sally.

  • speedstream2

    Could this be the proverbial David vs Goliath tiff? Guess who will come out the winner?

  • Fred

    Lumabas na ang baho ng GMA.
    Halos katulad ng pekeng presidente!
    Maniniwala ba kayo na sila ang No. 1 sa survey rating?

    • Edward

      Hindi ako interesante sa mga tsismis na ito patungkol sa bwisit na talent at tsismis na ito..Interesado lng ako sa financial performance ng gma7 kung ano ang itatala sa financial statement nila…

      Fred, tv ratings translates earnings…

      kung mataas ang rating ibig sabihin dun mataas at malakas kumita ang kompanya…hahaha

      so far, bababa ang earnings ng gma7 for the year 2012 kasi nagdeklara sila ng 15th-month pay bonus noong huling December sa kanilang mga empleyado…

      • fuctore

        Aling TV Ratings ba ang tinutukoy mo?
        Yung sa AGB ba kamo?
        E di ba may kaso sila ng panunuhol ng sardinas at noodles sa mga subscriber nila para lang mapalitaw na sila ang numbet 1.
        Fake in short.

      • Allan

        after the sardinas and noodles issue, any claim made by gma will be suspect. i wonder how the advertisers are going to respond to this alleged ratings rigging?

  • Noel

    No wonder there are more and more talents from GMA moving to rival Kapamilya.

    • archerfan

      seriously?? what meds are you taking??

      • barok

        wake up dude, ikaw ata ang bangag…lol

    • Jimenez

      Kaya lang di lahat tinatanggap.. kasi mga baduy yung iba

  • dodong1


    • archerfan

      well small time compared to the evil Lopez clan!!

      • barok

         GMA (Gurang Mga Artista)

  • ThudOthwacker

    Annabel has a storied history. Remember the “take it take it” incident?

  • Jovy

    ewan ko kung bat nagkaganyan ang GMA-7…sulsol ni dating GMA at ng Inc ni Manalo kaya nagkaloko loko ang GMA-7

    • Sushi Lite


    • carol

      Ang GMA 7 ay tunay na pag aari ni marcos, pinangalan lang kay gozon, 

    • Jaz

      ang babaw mo ha! kasimbabaw ng pinuno mong bakla na mahilig sumuso bago matulog..he he he!

  • cocopicho

    these are all about the trashes in the Philippines…

    • archerfan

      well this is nothing compared to the trashes like lohan, kardashian, sheen etc. … right?? dont be such a douch

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