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Monday, January 7, 2013

GMA: Sarah Lahbati clearly violated her contract with GMA Network


Sarah Lahbati’s Artist Management Contract with GMA Network is effective until February 21, 2015. There is no provision for leave of absence in said contract. Any leave is subject to prior agreement between the Network and Sarah. Therefore, Sarah’s unilateral decision to go on leave, despite its earlier disapproval by the Network, is a violation of her contract with the Network. Further, 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.

Sarah, who is exclusively managed by the Network, earlier signed a co-management contract with Royal Era Entertainment & Artist Management, the talent management company of Annabelle Rama, the mother of Sarah’s current boyfriend, Richard Gutierrez. Such act violated the terms of her contract with the Network. The Network would have had no choice but to sue Sarah and Royal Era Entertainment for the said breach if they refused to rescind said co-management contract.

Coincidentally, it was after the Network required her to cancel her co-management contract with Annabelle’s Royal Era Entertainment that Sarah unilaterally declared her going on a one-month leave of absence. This was rejected by the Network due to the vague and unsubstantiated reasons she gave which were to de-stress and unwind.

Despite the rejection of her leave, she ceased to honor her commitments with the Network including her being part of the Network’s Sunday variety show Party Pilipinas. Under the provisions of her contract with the Network, 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 GMA”.

The reported incident of her walk-out during a taping of the Network’s new show, Indio, on the other hand, is still being investigated. The Network welcomes her denial since it will expedite the investigation and the actions that will be taken by the Network. The said incident caused the production team to pack-up and incur substantial, additional and unnecessary costs.

In her tweets, Sarah stated that she left the taping of Indio to appear in her scheduled guesting on November 10 inEat Bulaga, the top-rating noontime show of GMA. However, Sarah did not take part in the November 10 episode ofEat Bulaga. It was on November 24 – two weeks after the walk-out incident – when she finally appeared on the show.

Sarah also mentioned in her tweets her supposed referral by some of the Network executives to ICONS Management. The Network has not authorized any such referral. The concrete actions already made by the Network on this matter prove that the Network promptly attends to and acts on complaints or information brought to its attention.

The Network considers this incident with Sarah very unfortunate especially because the Network has greatly invested in Sarah, who is one of the priority stars of the Network.

Sarah is a home-grown exclusive talent of GMA Network. She was discovered through the Network’s reality search,Startstruck, and since then has been given numerous projects including Time Of My Life, Kokak, Makapiling Kang Muli, etc. She is also part of GMA’s upcoming primetime show, Indio, and stars in GMA Films’ Basement. The Network’s Talent Development and Management Department has likewise arranged major endorsements for Sarah. 

88 comments:

  1. Okay to ah.. Labasan ng panig :) Galing mo FP :)

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    1. GMA, please push the career of Ryza Cenon! Much better at mas grateful sya kesa sa walang utang na loob na Ito.

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    2. may gad.tlgang nakipag sagutan ang gma. sna magsalita na lang sila pag final na.gya nung unang statement nila na nagclaim agad sila n my walk out tas ngayon under investigation p lmg pla.
      kung magssagutan lang kayo sna private na lang tutal di nmn kmi interesado. mas interesado p ko s pag amin nyang jontis sya. hahaha. na for sure aaminin nya lang pag nag comeback n sya(kung may mababalikan png career)

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    3. ^Ryza Cenon?? wala namang star quality yun. di pansinin. on topic, echosera talaga tong froglet na to. nawindang na yta masyado kay retsard. sinayang nya yung opportunity na binigay sa kanya. dami dyang gusto mapunta sa kinalalagyan nya..like ryza cenon. LOL!

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    4. hindi daw interesado pero nagbasa at nag-comment pa :D

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    5. pag hindi maglabas ng panig ang gma, may issue. pag naglabas naman, may issue pa din.. hanuvey!?

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    6. To AnonymousJanuary 6, 2013 9:23 PM

      -- Ryza, ikaw ba yan? Tumigil ka. Lumipat ka nal ang sa 5. Forever ka ng starlet.

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  2. 1st paragraph: "Further, her declared trip to Switzerland for an indefinite period,..."
    3rd paragraph: "that Sarah unilaterally declared her going on a one-month leave of absence."

    kung indefinite leave bakit sabi nila sa 3rd paragraph na "one-month leace" daw? Ang gulo naman ng statement ng GMA! Kasing gulo ng management nila.

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    1. Sa pagkaintindi ko dito, Sarah requested GMA Artist Center for a one-month leave, tapos hindi na-approve. Then nung nag-tweet na si Sarah na pupunta na siya ng Switzerland, she never mentioned how long she will stay there, hence the "indefinite period" :)

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    2. 1 month leave ang ipinaalam nya. nung hindi pinayagan, nagsabi nalang sya sa twitter na babalik sya ng switserland para mag aral. ok na?

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    3. Ikaw ang magulo kasi di ka nakakaintindi. Tama si anon 5:55

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    4. tomoh!..ikaw magulo, ikaw pa galit! :)

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    5. nag leave siya ng one month noong december na hindi inaprobahan ng network. iba rin ang indefinite leave niya patungog Switzerland.

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    6. Di k nga nakakaintindi read carefully ha

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  3. Sayang! Laos agad kahit di pa sikat! Jc de Vera jr. Haha

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    1. Korek! The cheap version of jc de Vera,

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  4. Yabang kasi, kala mo naman sobrang galing umarte. Yuckzsidoodle! Yabang,

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  5. uh oh, sino nagsasabi ng totoo>?GMA OR SI SARAH

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    1. mas naniniwala ako sa GMA, if u read the article above, detailed, pano sila mag-iimbento ng ganun, eh yung ke Sarah, puro atatement lang , walang detalye.

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    2. Kokak days palang madalas na ma-BI si yabang Girl. Sobra yabang!

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  6. ano pa man ang ugat, hindi dapat sa twitter pinaguusapan.

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  7. It's a lose-lose situation for GMA and Sarah. Just shows how unprofessional and abusive both parties are. I pity Sarah, but you may as well kiss your showbiz career goodbye.

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    1. o baket parang tahimik ata ngayon si Mama Rama, busy kase sa pangangampanya eh, ayaw mabahiran ng inttiga ang kanyang political ambition, hanggang dikta na lang sya ngayon sa sasabihin ni Lahbati, atsaka yung kambal nya, both GMA talents kaya di nya kaya kalabanin GMA management for her hilaw na daughter in law,lol!

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    2. i don't think its a loss for GMA...
      ang daming wannabees na starlet dyan sa tabi tabi.

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    3. starlet comes and go, but the institution stays.

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  8. Kahit hindi ako ka puso dont worry gma hindi naman kawalan si sarah. Kung ganyan din lang naman ang talent mo na napaka ungrateful eh wag na lang diba? Focus na lang kayo sa ibang talent na talagang devoted sa trabaho.

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  9. Masyado namang ini-exploit ang mga baguhang artista. Kawawa naman.
    GMA should treat their artist better.

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    1. sa kahit anong kompanya ganyan. may mga clause sa employment contract na nagsasabi, kahit gaano pa ka-vague o general, na required ang empleyadong magtrabaho ng labis sa oras o kakayahan o maging sa job title para sa ikauusad ng negosyo ng kompanya. laging may catch clause sa bandang dulo ng job description.

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  10. Eh di ba sabi ni Sarah matagal na nya natapos gawin ang pelikula pero hanngang ngayon wala pa rin syang natatanggap na bayad? Kala ko ba mayaman ang GMA ..kaya nga umalis si Angel dyan dahil overworked and underpaid sya!

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    1. umalis si angel not because of underpaid siya. but because gusto niya na same ang talent fee nila ni richard guttierez. hindi pinagbigyan ng GMA dahil si richard ay sumasayaw at nag ho host sa SOP defunct show now Party pilipinas samantalang siya ay hindi. wala siya sa SOP dahil ayaw niya sumayaw. meaning mas maraming ginagawa si richard ke angel pero nag dedemand siya ng additional talent fee.

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    2. ang alam ko hindi underpaid si A. Mas gusto nya lang talaga ng mas mataas na TF kila Capt. Barbel and Songbird. Ang alam ko until NOW pagdating sa TF si Songbird pa din ang may pinaka mataas sa network.

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    3. Kung totoong hanggang ngayon, si Songbird ang highest paid ng GMA, well, nagsasayang lang sila ng pera sa tabachina na yun.

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  11. hindi pa man sikat laos na kaagad...correct ka dyan!

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  12. yan ang mahirap kapag teleserye at tumataas ang rating nito. lagare ang mga artista and crew. imagine, shoot today, show tomorrow. hand to mouth ika nga. kaya mukhang may exploitation sa mga workers and artist. they want ratings? then work! work work sila! sana manggaling na sa ating viewers ang move. 'wag na nating tangkilikin ang mga ganoong palabas dahil niloloko at inuuto tayo. tigilan na ang mahaba ang pinahahabang teleserye. dapat isa or dalawang season lang ang itatagal ng isang series. dapat mauso na ang canned shows. kung may indie sa movies, sana may mga pre-shoot na mga tv series, tapos ibenta sa network. makakatipid pa sila wala pang problemang tulad nitong kay SL.

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    1. i like the idea. siguradong alam mong matatapos at alam mo kung kelan. They stretch the story line too much to the point na nakakainsulto na. Sana may mag-gamble sa canned shows. kaso puro na mga exclusive sa kani-kanilang network ang mga artista...medyo mahihirapan sa casting.

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    2. i like ur idea.. sana nga mging ganyan na lng para lhat ng mga artist at may potential sa aktingan ay maaccomodate dba..

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    3. tv 5 is starting to purge their contracted "stars". sana dun mag-start.

      marami pa ding artistang pwedeng makuha at mas gusto nila 'to dahil may katiyakan hanggang kelan ang lalabasan nila at di masisira ang personal calendars nila. maraming magagaling pa na artista to do canned teleseryes. tag-tuyot ang philippine showbiz. 'wag lang titigang masyado ng networks ang mga nakahawak lang ng mikropono, nagsayaw at kumanta lang ng konti, STAR na!

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  13. i doubt if gma will sue royal era. oh well, will the twins be pulled out along with the other talents? teka, naman, gma. wag guluhin ang campaign ni tita a. pagnatalo siya kayo sisisihin, pagnanalo, lagot kayo!

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  14. Jay Nakyu yan kasi mapapala sa kung sino man ma involve sa pamelyang yan. Kung do ko pa alam kagagawan ni besaya yan. Jay nakyu day gumesing ka na at buhay mo yan, wag mong hayaan pa bad impluwensya sa kay besaya masisira lang buhay mo.

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  15. Kung tinanggihan ni Sarah ang co-management sa ICON dahil may additional 15% cut, bat siya nag-signup kay monster mom? Wala bang cut si AR sa kita ni Sarah? Parang di kapanipaniwala. Eh tuwing may interview siya di pwede walang nababanggit na pera sa usapan.

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    1. baka x-deal sila..boto lang sya sa cebu, free management na..hehe

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  16. Ang nakakatawa, dapat ba ilagay pa ang ..her scheduled guesting on November 10 in Eat Bulaga, "the top-rating noontime show of GMA". Nawala ang pagiging serious ng statement. Eeeewww talaga tong GMA, palibhasa, eto n lng ang kumikita s kanila

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    1. 10:36, ang babaw mo..magreact ka kung hindi top-rating at sinabi nilang top-rating..epal.

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    2. hahhaha tomoh!

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  17. What's surprising about this? Srsly?

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  18. the bottom line they are both destroying each other lol but a 40% commission is too big specially for a starlet these show how gr***y GMA is!

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  19. Kawawang Sarah, pagkatapos bigyan ng script ni ***ya, iiwanan sya. I pity you, kasi di mo alam na inaahas ka na. Gusto ka ilayo nyan. Ginamit ka lang! Kawawang bata!

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  20. dapat turuan yang mga katulad nang babaeng yan nang leksyon!

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  21. hello anonymous january 6, 2013 7:36pm showbusiness is an exploitative industry. kung ayaw mong pa-exploit di wag kang bumida...she is getting what she deserves...

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  22. hndi siguro kinaya ni kokak ang stress. very stressful naman talaga kase ang lumagari sa tv. i agree dun sa overworked but underpaid. gma is so kuripot talaga sa mga tao nila. mas mataas pa magpasahod at mas generous ang tv5. kayod ng kayod ang prod team and talents pero not well-compensated.

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    1. 10:58, obviously you don't know what you're talking about.

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  23. I'm not a GMA Fan but I think it's right to sue that Sarah Lahbati, then never accept her again when she comes back! Ang daming tao na gusto sa posisyon nya, kaso, prima donna! Whatever her reasons are, I don't think it's appropriate to act that way. Kung may pinagdadaanan sya, she might have talked to GMA's exec eh wala akala nya kawalan sya. I think her reasons not sufficient enough for GMA accept her LOA. Yung ibang artists nabibigyan ng chance for LOA for very valid reason, kahit ako exec if someone needs a break from a very exhausting situation, I would allow that artist. Kaso, haller naman wala naman ata sya masyadong pinagkaka-busyhan para ma-suffocate sya sa field nya. In case of Marian Rivera, GMA's asset, 3x ata ang pagka-busy nun kay Sarah Lahbati, yet she's not demanding anything like that (sa pagkakatanda ko lang ah). She should be grateful for this opportunity. Baka this girl is asking for a higher TF yet GMA cannot grant it kaya nag-rant sya and making lame excuses.

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  24. the statement is so cheap. tingnan nyo nalang

    'the talent management company of Annabelle Rama, the mother of Sarah’s current boyfriend, Richard Gutierrez.'

    'the top-rating noontime show of GMA. '

    kelangan talaga i specify na bf sya ni Richard? at nanay si Anabel?
    kelangan talaga i specify na top rating ang Eat Bulaga?

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    1. excuse me, after 33 YEARS, Eat Bulaga is still here and is still considered one of GMA's Cashcow. I think hindi yun pag mamayabang. They're just stating FACTS.

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    2. Exaaaactly my sentiments, so cheap. It doesn't sound and look like a legal statement at all. What happened there? And why do they have to telegraph each other's statements to each other thru a blog like FP's? What kind of corporate ethics/policy is that?

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    3. yes the undisputed and number one noontime show eat bulaga. TRUE. huwag bitter kung natatalo ang its showtime ni kabayo.

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    4. because its true hija, accept it, unless otherwise, dun ka mag react. Ikaw ang epal!

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    5. I don't think may problem si anon 11:50 sa eat bulaga, dun sa mismong statement, kasi hindi na official ang dating...

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    6. What do you know about official statement? Yun lang ang pino problema mo?! Gawa ka ng sarili mo

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    7. Yup it is about out the statement.

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    8. Kaloka. Kung makapag-comment naman si Alan K at Ruby. Walang nagsasabing hindi number 1 ang EB. But it's unnecessary to include that in the statement.

      Same with saying that Richard is Sarah's bf. I don't think umamin na sila. (Or baka di ko lang alam, dahil di naman ako follower nung 2).

      Kasi kung di pa nga umaamin yung 2, bakit kailangan sabihin ng GMA yun? Pailalim tumira. Kunyari simpleng statement lang, pero may alam. Ginawa rin nila kay Angel yan nung lumipat siya. Sinasabi nila may alam sila about Angel na pwedeng makasira sa kanya.

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    9. They need to state these facts for the benefit of those reading who are not familiar with those involved, such as what is Sarah's relation to Ms Annabelle Rama via Richard Gutierrez. Same with Eat Bulaga, describing what exactly it is and what is its relevance to the person's statements. This is a public document, that is why these are required. It actually makes it more official because it contains all pertinent information.

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    10. Correct 4:46! Magbasa kayo ng Supreme Court decisions, talagang ineexplain yung mga details and connections to give the complete background sa mga readers. Same as dito sa official statement, pano kung taga-Switzerland ka? Anong alam mo sa Eat Bulaga and Annabelle Rama diba? Lahat kasi yun ma significance.

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  25. Because of her "eagerness" to leave the country, even to the point of violating her contract, I am about to believe the rumor that she's preggy!

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    1. Kawawa naman si Chard!!! :(( Iwanan na yan! :)))

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  26. 1. kaya natagalan ang pag shoot ng scene ni sarah dahil ayaw niyang gumamit ng harness.ilang oras din na nakikipagtalo si sarah dahil ayaw niya gumamit ng harness. ayaw niyang maipit ang kanyang tiyan but instead na gumamit ng harness tumawag siya ke annabel at kasabay nun nag walk-out si sarah bandang 2:30 am. hindi kaya buntis si sarah?

    2.nilabag ni sarah ang kanyang exlusive contract sa GMA ng pumirma sa ibang talent management without the consent of the said network.

    3. November 10 nangyari ang walk out scene sa indio. at November 24 naman ang guesting niya sa eat bulaga.

    4. nag post sa twitter si sarah na gusto niya mag- aral sa switzerland na hindi nagpaalam sa GMA ARTIST CENTER. clueless ang GMA sa desisyon niyang biglaan na pag alis gayung kailangan niyang tuparin ang lahat ng commitments niya sa GMA until Feb.21, 2015 dahil yun ang nakalagay sa kanyang kontrata.

    5. marami ang nagtatanong ke sarah sa twitter kung siya ba ay buntis kaya siya aalis ng bansa. pero until now hindi pa rin niya sinasagot ang tanong na yun.

    6. January 30, 2013 ang paglabas ng kanyang unang pelikula na SEDUCTION pero unang pagpasok pa lang ng january ng magdesisyon na siyang aalis ng bansa. sino ngayon ang mag po-promote ng movie niya?

    7. lumabag si annabelle rama sa kontrata na pinirmahan ni sarah sa GMA ARTIST CENTER effective until February 21, 2015 sa pamimilit at puwersahan na papirmahin din siya sa kanyang talent agency na ROYAL ERA NA pag aari niya.

    8. timeline sa walk scene sa indio. 4:30pm - dumating si sarah sa set. 6:30pm- natapos ang paglagay ng make-up at custome. 6:30pm- dinner time. 7:00-7:30 pm- paglalagay ng harness at inabot raw ng ilang oras ng pagtatalo sa set dahil ayaw niya maglagay ng harness. hindi raw siya pwede lumipad na walang harness. pinapakiusapan raw si sarah na huwag umalis sa set at around 2:00 am.nangyari ang walk out scene. 2:30am - wala na sa set si sarah.

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    1. Ayos to ah. PA ka?

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    2. Hahaha Natawa ako sa last part eh. Paano nga naman siya makakalipad ng walang harness?! Unless may superpower siya to fly! Hahaha Detailed pa masyado. So I guess part ka ng Indio team te. Hmmm... Or may kakilala ka dun?

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    3. Very well said and explained Ms. Annette Gozon!

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  27. "... the Network has greatly invested in Sarah, who is one of the priority stars of the Network."

    paano naman yung ibang talents niyo na hindi niyo "priority stars"? nganga? sana LAHAT ng artista niyo ay tinututukan niyo at binibigyan ng pagkakataon.

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    1. She is called a "priority star" because she has won the Ultimate Startruck title. Tama lang sa sabihing priority sya pero hnd nya pnahalagahan yun. It doesn't mean na "nganga" ang iba lahat nabibigyan ng break it just that you also have to prove yourself. PAK!

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  28. bakit kailangan mag sinungaling ni Sarah? 11.24 nga yung guesting nya sa EB. :( may prod sila nun! sayang si Sarah. Starlet palang ang yabang na! SWELL HEADED STARLET

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  29. Round 2 ding..ding...

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  30. Kaloka! Haay! Nung pumirma ba siya ng contract with GMA, binasa at naintindihan ba niya? Palagay ko hindi! Basta pumirma lang siya. I don't think she even knows what a "contract" is. Because if she know what it means, takot lang niya mag-violate sa contract no.

    Yan, diyan sa investigation nagkaalaman kung anong totoong nangyari re: taping incident and Eat Bulaga. Ano ka ngayon neng?! At hindi pala totoo about yung sa ICONS. Nananaginip ka siguro no? Hahaha

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  31. I'm very much a kapamilya..butnI support and believe GMA on this one. Halatang nagsisinungaling si Sarah. Also, yung mgavreklamo nya sa tapings, ang masasabi ko lang, walang artista angnsumikat ng bongga ng hindi dumaan sa bonggangnhirap din. I don't like Marianita bec of herbpalaaway attitude, but I must say she never had any issues complaining about tapings and workloads lalo na nung nagsstar pa lang sya. Di ba nga extra extra lang din sya noon and even portrayed a nanay role before? But now sya angbstar ng GMA. Sa ABS never din nagcompain si Bea Alonzo. Lahat ng sikat dumaan sa pagiging starlets pero pinagpaguran nilavstatus nila ngayon.

    Si Sarah nsimpluwensyahan ng BF at biyenan nyang mayabang kaya ganyan. Si Annabel napakahangin samantalanglshat ngbartistang hawak nya bano umarte tulad ni Richard.

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    1. i like this one.

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    2. Super agree ako sa iyo...

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    3. Pak na pak, Pakpak! Baka juntis kaya sobrang emotional?

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  32. Burahin nyo na lahat pero yung pag sign nya palang ng contract with monster mom ay clear violation na. Naiwasan sana nya complications kung nagconsult muna sya sa lawyer bago nya ginawa yun.

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  33. Sarah should shut up and lawyer up.

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  34. tapos na sya sa GMA, pulutin nyo na lang sya sa RPN 9.

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  35. i don't even know her. ni hindi ko alam itsura niya. hahaha

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  36. Actually, I liked Sarah coz' I find her pretty. But because of what happened, I am not sure if I still do. If you;re going to analyze the situation, it seems that GMA is telling the truth. Contradicting ang mga statement ni Sarah..lalo na sa PEP interview nya nunge Dec 3 where she said she is very happy and blessed with what's happening in her life. Please click the following:
    http://www.pep.ph/news/36653/sarah-lahbati-defends-seloso-image-of-boyfriend-richard-gutierrez-ldquoano-lang-siya-mapagmahal-talagang-mapagmahalrdquo
    I really think she is pregnant that's why she wanted to leave the country soon...imagine she has a movie to promote with her bf? di ba nag bakasyon sila sa europe nung oct 2012? curious lang.

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  37. Yup it's true super kuripot ang ***....accountant nila ako dati...but here i am sa dubai....to work kasi big network tapos ang sahod namin laging delayed or else daming deduction...most of the artist walang sss and medical benefits..si * panay ang check ng financial status at hingi ng hingi ng mga kung ano anong financial documents....na halos lahat naman negative results...

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  38. hi fp. in my own opinion, there is something behind kung bakit ngyayari to. Maybe Mo twister's statement before is true. He revealed how abusive GMA management is. Baka b si girl, gusto ng gma ipa-a. hehe or maybe like angel locsin, she was burnt out from all the demands ng network. we never know. -Melai Mo Tumama :)

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