• Page Views 2083
  • sarahFour days after returning to the Philippines to face libel charges, actress Sarah Lahbati struck back at her accuser, GMA Films presi­dent Annette Gozon-Abrogar, and filed separate cases of grave co­ercion and perjury against the lat­ter on Monday. The 19-year-old GMA contract artist filed her complaint of grave coercion on Monday morning at the Quezon City Regional Trial Court against Abrogar and four others, including Bebong Munoz, one of the heads of the talent management agency Icons. In the afternoon she filed a case of perjury against Abrogar at the Makati Regional Trial Court, claiming Abrogar had lied in her sworn statements when the latter filed her libel case there in Janu­ary. “I think it’s time to defend my­self to clear my name after all na nangyari. Nagsalita ako before. Ang nangyari nasampahan ako ng kaso… Dahil hindi ako pum­irma sa icons ang daming di kanais-nais na nangyari,” Lahbati told media after filing the grave coercion case in Quezon City.

    However, after filing the perjury case in Makati, she told reporters that she was open to an amicable settlement with Abrogar and that she remained grateful to GMA Network, which had handled her career since she won a talent show in 2009.

    Lahbati had always claimed that her troubles with GMA Network started after she refused to sign a co-management deal with Icons last year, which would en­tail an additional 15 percent cut on her salary on top of the 25 percent due GMA Artist Center (GMAAC).

    The Swiss-Filipino actress had alleged that Abrogar and GMAAC executive Arsi Baltazar had made the offer to her on Icons’ behalf. GMA Network said in an official statement that it was aware that such a practice had taken place and “penalties have been im­posed on the executives who were found liable.” However, the statement did not identify the guilty parties and pro­vide details of the sanctions. Nev­ertheless, it had insisted, “The Network found no proof of her al­legation that there was an ‘under the table’ deal between GMAAC and ICONS Management.”

    Unlike Abrogar and Baltazar, Icons did not to press  charges against Lahbati after she aired her allegations in a series of Twitter posts in January. Meanwhile, Lahbati was eva­sive on the persistent rumor that the reason she had exiled herself in Geneva for six months was to give birth to a lovechild sired by her boyfriend, long-time GMA ac­tor Richard Gutierrez.

    “As I said, let’s not get dis­tracted sa mga issues na walang kinalaman sa case. Di ko alam bakit nililihis, dini-distract, at ‘yun at ‘yun ang question. Isipin n’yo ano gusto n’yo isipin,” she told reporters with a smile.
    Lahbati, who did not appear to have gained any weight since she left the country in mid-January, was accompanied by Gutierrez when she returned to Manila late Thursday. (Interaksyon. News)

    Share

    Leave a Reply

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

    New Posts Recently publish post More

    • 22 October 2020
      7 days ago No comment

      Trudeau survives confidence vote with NDP help

      There will be no federal election this fall. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his federal Liberal minority government survived a confidence vote on Wednesday (October 21). This means that the country will not have a snap election amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Trudeau and the Liberals were supported by NDP, ...

    • 19 October 2020
      1 week ago No comment

      Government of Canada announces details for opening of 2020 Parents and Grandparents Program

      Ottawa—The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, today announced details for the opening of the 2020 Parents and Grandparents (PGP) Program, building further on the government’s commitment to reuniting families. Over a 3-week period, from 12 p.m. EDT on October 13, 2020, to 12 ...

    • 18 October 2020
      2 weeks ago No comment

      Filipino candidates Mable Elmore, Cyrus Sy, Jaeden Dela Torre run in October 24 B.C. election

      Three Filipino Canadians are running for seats in the B.C. Legislative Assembly in the provincial election on October 24, 2020. They are Mable Elmore, Cyrus Sy, and Jaeden Dela Torre. Elmore is seeking a fourth term as Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Vancouver-Kensington. Elmore was first elected ...

    • 18 October 2020
      2 weeks ago No comment

      Advance voting for B.C. election starts October 15

      Voters in British Columbia don’t need to wait for October 24 to cast their ballot in this year’s provincial election. Advance voting starts on October 15, and runs through October 21. Voters can check on the website of Elections B.C. to find out where they can cast an advance ...

    • 08 October 2020
      3 weeks ago No comment

      B.C. NDP leader John Horgan supports creation of Filipino cultural centre in Metro Vancouver

      John Horgan, leader of the B.C. NDP is hoping to form a majority government after the October 24 election. Last September, Horgan dissolved the legislative assembly, triggering an election that ended his NDP minority government. With polls showing Horgan and the B.C. NDP leading, his gamble may pay off. ...

    %d bloggers like this: