Gabby offers to return P1.75M to GMA Films

MANILA, Philippines-After being reminded of his obligations to GMA Films, Gabby Concepcion’s camp assured that they will return the P1.75-million downpayment, with interest, for his contract with the Kapuso network.

“Kagabi ipinadala na ng asawa ni Gabby from San Francisco ang perang ibabalik sa GMA-7 (Last night, Gabby’s wife already sent from San Francisco the money from GMA-7). We are ready to return the money, with interest,” lawyer Jose Flaminiano, the husband of Gabby’s manager, Rose, told Chika Minute reporter Nestor Canlas on Thursday.

It was not mentioned how much the interest was.

Lawyers of GMA Films earlier sent a letter to the actor notifying him of his existing contract.

Gabby was said to have received an initial amount of P1.75-million for the movie, “I.T.A.L.Y. (I Trust And Love You)” with Jolina Magdangal but was as replaced by Zaido star Dennis Trillo after the ‘80s matinee idol backed out.

Gabby’s manager explained that the movie did not materialize since Gabby didn’t approve of the script, thinking that since it was his comeback film, the story should revolve around him.

Meanwhile, GMA Films President Annette Gozon-Abrogar replied that it’s up to them to accept the terms of Gabby’s camp.

“Kasi contract nay un eh (It was already a contract). It was partially executed and they cannot just finish a contract with that,” Abrogar said.

“Hindi pwedeng solian lang ng kandila. Pagdating sa ganyan (We can’t just break ties just like that. When it comes to a contract) we should respect it,” she added.

The GMA executive however said that Gabby called her up to formally settle things.

“I told him na sana makahanap kami ng way para maayos na lang to (that I hope we could work things out) without escalating to something nasty,” Abrogar said.

Mark Ubalde


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