Aug 1, 2007

Angel mum on transfer to ABS-CBN, Becky apologizes to GMA-7

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Angel Locsin chose to remain silent on the controversy surrounding her talent contract negotiations with ABS-CBN.

“Ang hirap din kasi hindi ako nakakakilos eh kung ano man ang nangyayari sa Pilipinas. Sa side ko, di ko makausap ang mga taong dapat kong

kausapin (It’s hard for me to act on anything that is happening in the Philippines. On my side, I could not talk to anyone I should talk to),” Angel told ABS-CBN’s “The Buzz” on Sunday.

The interview was made in London, England where the actress had been enrolled in a prestigious local school, St. Bernard College in Oxford, for a six-week fashion design course.

The negotiations came after Angel decided not to renew her contract with GMA-7, the television network that built her successful career as an actress and product endorser. Her status in show business, according to her manager Becky Aguila, is technically a “freelancer.”

Angel’s decision did not sit well with GMA-7 executives, who charged that the actress and her manager had not been transparent in their own negotiations for a contract renewal. GMA-7 senior vice president for television entertainment Wilma Galvante had accused Angel and Becky of not acting in good faith by deliberately avoiding them and not divulging their negotiations with their fiercest competitor.

Becky for her part was apologetic about the turn of events but said it was time for her talent to move on.

“The only message that Angel can give GMA right now is that she loves them but it’s time to move on. It’s not our intention to hurt them. We are very sorry that we’ve hurt them. I hope in time mapatawad nila kami at sana in time matanggap din nila ang naging desisyon namin. Ayaw na naming humaba pa ito. Sana magkapatawaran na (I hope they could forgive us and hopefully, in time, they would accept our decision. We don’t want this to drag on. I hope there is forgiveness) so that everybody can move on,” Becky said in a separate interview with “The Buzz.”

With Angel’s imminent transfer to its rival network, GMA-7 has apparently lost trust in Becky, affecting her other talents in the network roster, such as Jennylyn Mercado and Valerie Concepcion, who have been on a dearth in fresh television projects.

“I feel bad that nadadamay rin yung iba (others had been affected),” Becky said.

As for anything “black and white” in her future Kapamilya career, Angel herself said things were not yet certain.

“Wala pa po (talent contract with ABS-CBN). Wala pa pong nangyayari,” Angel said in her “The Buzz” interview.

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